Rug

Collection Type

  • Textiles

Date

1850-1890

GUSN

GUSN-2912

Description

The rug has a rectangular form with an oval reserve with a leopard; worked in shades of yellow, beige, white, pink and black. Within a flowering, leafy vine border with worked in shades of green, pink, red, white, brown/taupe and green wool fringe at the edge.

Details

Descriptive Terms

rugs
hooking
jute (fiber)
linen (material)
wool (textile)
figure- and animal-derived motifs
panthers (leopards)
Rug
Wool
Jute
Linen
Hooked
Leopard
Rug

Label

In Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: The hooked rug with its wonderful leopard is one of the “quixotic pieces” the Littles considered “the most fun to live with.” Nina Little wrote admiringly of the “unconsciously humorous” leopard “sprawling nonchalantly” in the center of the rug.When the Littles began collecting in the 1920s, hooked rugs were believed to be appropriately ancient. In fact, as Nina later learned, most were made in the late nineteenth century. Even so, she was pleased to note that fifty years after she had collected a number of them, they “still give comfort to the feet and pleasure to the eye.”

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

34 1/4 x 67 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.1384

Places

Vermont (United States)
Probably Vermont (United States)