Rag Rug Runner c1875 *

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Rich warm colors and a graceful, softly colorful weave make this a desirable rug.  Making it even more desirable is the fact that it shows 3 out of the 4 major characteristics of being a Shaker rag rug.  I bought several rugs from an upstate NY New England Shaker collection about 30 years ago (or more). The collector had died and her estate was being dispersed.  These rugs were part of her collection. Having no paperwork to prove the point, I researched.  In addition to many other references, my main one was Beverly Gordon's book, Shaker Textile Arts (University Press of New England), in which she explained the 4 salient characteristics proving Shaker origin.  Our rag rug ticks 3 or the 4 boxes: it has a repeating design throughout; the style of its weave; the thickness/thinness of the rag stripes.  The 4th characteristic I can't readily find ~ the binding along the edge.  The binding on this rug may have been "built in", or may not be there at all. It feels as though the binding is present; the edges have a more solid-bodied feel to them. Due to my lack of provenance, however, I am pricing these rugs not as Shaker, but as, simply, great early rag rugs.  

This rug is 103" X 34". It is woven in lines of cream, tan, a gorgeous subtle blue, pale spring green, rust, red, blue&white, red, rust, and then the cream again.  The condition is as you see it, with one 7" length of edging with broken weave. 

As I said, we've owned these rugs for 30 years or so, and they have been here at the house the whole time.  The shorter ones I've used on table tops; this longer one has never been in use as a rug in my home, but always on display, often rolled up in a crock or basket.  I've included a picture of one of the ways I've shown the rugs.  The rugs are clean with a bit of dust; there are no odors or storage problems.   Originally $350.00, now $250.00.

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