Exclusive to Oliver & Adelaide. This is truly a unique and heirloom piece you will most likely not find anywhere. The art of rug hooking in the United States is only mastered by a few. This is the most luxurious and thoughtful gift from grandmother to granddaughter and will never be forgotten. Since it is made from wool fiber you can walk on it for years and it will always maintain it's original integrity.
Rug hooking is a traditional craft, first practiced widely in the mid to late 1800s. Like quilting, it was initially a way to recycle worn clothing while adding beauty to one’s home. Old feed sacks and burlap bags were used for a foundation and worn woolen shirts and pants were cut into strips. A hook was fashioned out of a nail, or an old kitchen knife and used to pull the strips through the foundation, creating a pile made of loops.
When our artisan demonstrated rug hooking, many people told her, “My grandmother did that!” My grandmother, too, hooked rugs, and it is with her grandmother's hook and frame that she taught herself the craft nearly twenty years ago. Our artisan creates her own designs and dyes her own wool.
Every rug she make begins with a sketchbook and pencil. Once she settles on the design, she transfers it onto a premium linen foundation. Then it is on to color planning and hand-dying the wool. (Each finished rug requires five times as much wool as its square footage.) Each loop is hooked by hand, and finally, the rug is hemmed and bound with matching piping.
20" x 27", 100% Hand Dyed Wool
*Custom sizes and colors available upon request
Taking Care of Your Hand-Hooked Rug - Because it is made of 100% wool, your rug is quite durable and will repel both soil and water. You may vacuum your rug, just don’t use the beater brush. (Do both sides as dirt can collect on the underside, too.) Please do not shake or snap the rug, as that can damage the linen foundation. Your rug may be dry cleaned, but should never be washed in a machine. There are several spray-on foaming rug cleaners on the market that are suitable for cleaning a hand-hooked rug; just follow the manufacturer’s directions. In olden days, women cleaned their hooked rugs by covering them in a fresh, dry snow, and then whisked them with a broom. This technique works remarkably well! It’s a good idea to use a non-slip pad under the rug – it will lengthen the rug’s life. To store your rug, be sure it is clean, then roll it right side out. This will prevent excess stress on the foundation. Store in a muslin bag and bring it out into the sunshine once in awhile.