This handwoven rug is probably from Mexico but is possibly Navajo. The light prancing horses are subtly colored.
The rug measures 22 1/2" x 39" without the fringe. It is in excellent condition; made circa 1950.
This prancing pooch has his eye wide open in search of who knows what.
The variegation of his body blends well with the abstract, multicolor background. The rug is made of cotton; measurements are 25" x 37". It is in very good condition with a few loops missing that are visible only when held up to the light.
Pennsylvania origin; made 1920's,
Two hooked rug horses are bridled up and ready to go. The rose pink background nicely sets off the black and white horses.
The rug is made of heavy cotton. It is in very good condition with the exception of a small hole near the top middle that is visible in thumbnail photos when seen from the back. The last two thumbnails show the back of the rug.
Measurements are 24 1/2" x 39". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
Cat's Paw is a wonderfully playful pattern of irregular polka dots that is usually done in muted colors. This example is a standout because of the terrific contrast of light and dark. The oatmeal colored background highlights the beautiful shades of red. The outer border is a variegated red and black combination. The rug is very "painterly" whether viewed vertically or horizontally.
Condition is excellent. It is sewn to a stretcher measuring 24" x 37". Made of wool; circa 1920.
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Tumbling Blocks (aka Baby Blocks) is a pattern more often seen as a quilt than a rug but in either case, it is a wonderfully three dimensional design.
This example is made of wool. The browns and tans are solid colors and the red has a nice variegation.
Measurements are 28" x 38". The impact is equally effective whether vertical or horizontal.
Condition is excellent. There are two tiny repairs to the burlap binding on the short ends. They do not show through on the front.
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This hooked rug is done in a quilt pattern known as Straight Furrows Log Cabin. The diagonal lights and darks make a wonderful design.
The rug is made of wool; circa 1920's; from New York State. The rug itself is in excellent condition. Measurements are 18" x 36". It is mounted on a homemade stretcher that, in all honesty, is not an enhancement. It should probably be re-mounted or it could be used as a table mat without being mounted.
This unusual floral abstract design rug is done with a technique called prodding or poking. It is similar to hooking but different in that the ends of the strips of fabric are not secured. The strips are poked through the foundation and the ends left loose creating a shaggy surface.
The design of this rug, combined with the loose texture, produce a wonderful effect.
The rug measures 19 1/2" x 72". It is made almost entirely of wool. The size and design allow it to be displayed equally well... Click for details
This charming rug depicts three roosters in profile. It is made of cottons; circa 1930. The front is in excellent condition. The backing has some stitched reinforcements along the binding. They are not visible on the front. Measurements are 22" x 39". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1930.
This Hit or Miss hooked rug combines an open center pattern framed by a more structured border. The huge variety of colors makes it adaptable to virtually any environment. The rug measures 70" x 85". It appears to be in un-used condition. It was made by Elda Dickey of Portage, Pennsylvania; circa 1930.
This charming braided cat rug would be equally happy on a floor or wall. It is made of heavy wools and should be sturdy enough to be suitable on a floor. Measurements are 34" x 47" to the top of the ears.
It is in excellent condition.
Stella Rubin has been buying and selling antiques, specializing in American quilts, since 1976. She has sold to most of the major museums in the United States, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Smithsonian Institution; Colonial Williamsburg; The DAR; the International Quilt Study Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
She is the author of Miller's "Treasure or Not: How to Compare and Value American Quilts". In addition to quilts and other textiles, Stella has a secondary specialty in fine design gold and silver jewelry.
During her decades in the antiques business, she has participated in most of America's most prestigious antiques shows including: The Philadelphia Antique Show: The Delaware Antique Show; The Museum of American Folk Art Antique Show and the New Hampshire Antique Show.
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