Wool, linen, cotton
Overall: 39 x 70 x 3/4 in. ( 99.1 x 177.8 x 1.9 cm )
Rectangular patched rug with scraps of woolen cloth sewn to linen foundation; rectangular dappled gray bar at center surrounded by wide border with meandering floral vine on black ground; cotton patchwork backing.
The technique used to make this patched rug, called "button" or "patchwork," involved the application, by stitching, of small square and/or circular patches to the foundation ground. (Typically, the small patch was folded in fourths and sewn through the folded point.) When the patches are sewn close together, the appearance of the rug is similar to that of hooked rugs that have been sheared. According to the accession records, this rug was purchased at the Shoemaker sale, AAA #221.
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
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