Design Living Room
Rag rugs are quick to make and have a solid authenticity – oval rugs made from plaited strips of material in muted colours look good, as do bolder designs with strips hooked or prodded on to a hessian backing. In the old days animal feed sacks were used as backing and the children of the household had the task of cutting piles of worn fabric into little strips that were then pulled through the backing material. (178 for making hooked rugs.)
Painted floor-cloths are also a possibility, although there is something slightly cold about their finish.
Reviving old arts Canvas Jloor-cloths were used in America from the early eighteenth century onwards because they were durable and easy to clean. This modern stencilled version has also a lighthearted elegance of colour and design.
Rural charm Hand-dyeing gives an earthy look to the wool used by Pat Hornafius to make this Pennsylvania hooked rug showing a Holstein cow. The slightly wavering rectangle is characteristic of a handmade rug.
1950s’ inspiration This long, narrow, hooked rug, with its bold diagonals of flowers, was inspired by the colours and designs made by the English artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant in the 1930s, at their country home, Charleston. The bright design is echoed in the sunset-coloured walls, which were painted using a feather duster.