Caring for vintage hooked rug

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Beginning about a century-and-a-half ago, men and women created hooked rugs to warm their hearths and homes. Fabric scraps no longer suitable for clothing were cut into strips and hooked by varying techniques into a burlap ground in patterns. The earliest hooked rugs date from the early-to-midth century; these early rugs are most often found in museums and historical societies.

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Share best practices, tips, and insights. Meet other eBay community members who share your passions. I just received 5 nice old hooked or rag rugs.

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If you have purchased a vintage wool hooked rug, you likely want it to become part of your home decor. These rugs can be quite lovely and compliment a variety of decor styles. However, like anything that goes on the floor of your home, it will need to be cleaned periodically.

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Hooked rugs, especially after years of use, require special and careful attention. The nature of the hooking technique and frequent presence of old fabrics and home-dyed colors dictate special handling when cleaning these rugs. Note: Don't attempt these cleaning techniques without reading the instructions following. For rugs that are only slightly dirty it is possible to vacuum only the front side, and only after you have covered the rug with screen and set your vacuum on low-suction.

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JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. When you buy a rug, you want to be sure it is properly handled so that it can last you a very long time.

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Many of my customers and students balk at the idea of putting a hooked rug on the floor. I reassure them that a well-made hooked rug will last years or more, on the floorand will in fact be fought over by future generations. Stuff will happen to the rug, to be sure, but anything that happens to a hooked rug can be repaired which is why they last so long.

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For more information, order a personally signed copy of the book Finishing Hooked Rugs. A must for all rug hookers! Roll it lightly with the pile side out to prevent the straining of the burlap foundation.

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Country women, mostly from New England and the maritime provinces of Canada, began weaving hooking strips of tattered wool blankets and clothing into the burlap from feed sacks in the midth century. They were also used for warmth on the bed and were called bed rugs. Eventually, craftswomen progressed from making do with available scraps to dyeing their own wools.

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For a great video on the literal of crafting a hooked rug, this is a great one: Hooked rugs are fun. Or it could be a classic floral design like this large hooked rug from China with a French Aubusson floral motif:. Look at the even and fine loops in this construction — these rugs hold up very well under regular use, and they wash up great:.

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Is this rug worth cleaning? But for wool, silk, cotton, Navajo, Turkish, Afghani, Berber, Chinese or other woven rugs, the answer can often be found on the blog Rug Chick. Lisa Wagner, Rug Chick herself, is an owner with her mother of K.

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