Hooked rugs are a staple in primitive country décor. These hand crafted artisan rugs have a long history of bringing artistic functional beauty to any home. The history of these rugs is a bit cloudy but is largely attributed to a craft born in Yorkshire England. They are mentioned by William Shakespere in his writings.
There is evidence that rug hooking dates back to the late eighteen hundreds in the US. The original hooked rugs were more mat than rug. They were small rectangles much like today’s “welcome mats” that were left in front of doors and fireplaces. They were crafted largely in New England and were used in most homes.
Initially these rugs were simple designs until the late 1800′s when Edward Sands Frost a street peddler came up with patterns and stencils for rug hooking that he sold off his cart. The rugs grew larger and were used as floor coverings for entire rooms and became some what of a fashion statement for the home.Many of these rugs were used to tell a story about a place that the owner had visited, or about their favorite animal. Floral motif designs became very popular as well as simple striped designs.
The burlap backing of the earlier rugs did not hold up well. They tended to rot with use and left many of the rugs unusable. The value of these rugs skyrocketed in the 1970′s in the US when they went from being floor coverings to wall hangings.
These rugs are very much back in vogue. We offer a full variety of hooked rugs that suit any décor.
Today’s hooked rugs are reminiscent of original patterns that have been a part of American design since the 1800′s, however they are far more durable. Many people still choose to hang these beautiful works of art on the wall.
Today’s modern hooked rugs are reminiscent of the originals but are far more durable and make perfect floor coverings to decorate any room in your home. Homespice also offers hooked rug pillows to really “spice” things up. Primitive décor is one of the hottest trends in home décor, bringing us all back to a simpler easier time and these rugs make it simple to have a focal point in any room.
You can choose from stair treads, runners or full room rugs! There is something for everyone. The color palettes work wonderfully in any primitive décor. The palettes insure an authentic primitive look.
These great rugs are easy to care for! Of course you want to take precautions to protect your rug but they are far more durable than most people believe them to be. You want to avoid getting your rug wet and you do want to be sure that you use gentle cleaning practices, as you would with most high quality rugs.
Your home is your sanctuary and filling it with beautiful functional décor is easy when you shop Homespice. Find the perfect hooked rug for your room!