Lion and Beavers Hooked Rug

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Description

The presence of beavers in the pattern of this rug denotes Canadian influence as does the variety of fabrics used.

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The presence of beavers in the pattern of this rug denotes Canadian influence as does the variety of fabrics used. The animals and flowers, however, are hooked in a raised pile. High pile rugs, such as this one, were made in the Waldoboro area of Maine. They were usually hooked on a linen foundation. The term ‘Waldoboro’ type today refers to any rug with a sculptured pile surface.

'The big expressive shape of the lion is a delightful golden yellow with white sock feet. The simple larger-than-life flowers, in shades of pink, add a lyric air and the lacy stems and leaves fill the space deliciously. The birds add the movement of fluttering life to the composition. A dark warm ground sets off the chalky pastels glowingly – in short, a small piece of theatre to delight any viewer.' Kaffe Fassett, internationally renowned textile artist

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Dated

From 1875 to 1900

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Materials

» hessian
» wool (textile)

Technique

» hooking

Production place

» Waldoboro, Maine

Collection

» Textile Collection

Dimensions

89x122cm

Object number

1960.168

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