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Hand Hooked Rugs
By Tasneem Mirza
Hand hooked rugs are a great way to add splendor to a bedroom, a kitchen,
sun porch, or children's room. A number of designers like Jane Keltner, Suzanne
Nicoll, Sally Dailey, Dena, and Tracy Porter focus exclusively on designing
hand hooked rugs. These beautiful floral, animal, fruit and other pattern
hand hooked rugs can be used interchangeably from room to room. Hand hooked
rugs have warm colors that harmonize a variety of décor themes like
shabby chic, cottage, nautical or even country.
The hooked rug is described as having originated in rural New England during
the late 18th Century and had taken root in Colonial America. It attained
immense popularity and is still today recognized as essential home accessory.
Traditional hooking uses a hand hook similar in shape to a crochet hook to
form a looped pile from fabric strips or yarn on an even-weave base (such
as burlap, monks-cloth, divider cloth, or linen).
Early patterns were borrowed from quilts and often immortalized a friendly
horse or house pet. Gay sprays of flowers and scenes were also drawn. These
designs were bold and naïve. A home was very personalized in this way,
especially when it came to pattern and color. In recent times hand hooked
rugs come in both classic and contemporary designs, including traditional,
floral patterns, and theme rugs. Intricate designs and a myriad of colors
add a lively, rich look.
The ingenuity and resourcefulness of the early American craftswoman continues
today with manufacturers emphasizing both quality and aesthetic component.
Today, rug hookers choose primarily from three steadfast fibers: linen, burlap
or jute, and cotton; this tried-and-true selection of backings that have
withstood the test of time. The cotton and linen backing makes rugs expedient
for kitchen and bathrooms where there is greater use of water and humidity.
Further more, hand hooked rugs are lightweight and machine washable adding
to their functionality. The floral bouquet, flower garlands and other motifs
add romance and warmth to any space. The bright hues of red, yellow and blue
spice any area that has monotonous colors.
Round hand hooked rugs come in an array of colors, designs and styles. This
shape is ideal to be placed under a round dining table while supplying color
and dramatic liveliness to the dining area
Tracy Porters hand hooked rugs have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey
Show, HGTV, and E!, as well as in People, O, and Victoria magazines. These
colorful, hand-touched, livable hand hooked rug designs are created with
the signature Tracy Porter palette. They are a work of art in a color and
design combination to meet ones specific decorating needs. The floral
and fruit motifs, checks and diagonal pattern help create a cozy country
look. The soothing shades give the bathroom a seaside spirit, making it a
tranquil place in which to refresh and renew.
In the past the potential use of hand hooked rugs were understated and restricted
in use. Today, hand hooked rugs are moving from the kitchen and bathroom
to conspicuous spaces like the bedroom and living room. A hand hooked rug
can add the note of authenticity a room needs to take on a character all
its own. The wonderful art quality of hooked rugs endears them to all who
encounter them. If you are searching for the perfect hand hooked rug look
no further. Visit Exquisite Rugs to find a rug that meets your specific
Tasneem Mirza is the Managing Partner of Exquisite Rugs LLC. and member of
AWBA, NJWA and Beta Gamma Alpha - honors society for business students. Under
the leadership of Tasneem Mirza, Exquisite Rugs launched in April 2002 has
gained increased recognition. Tasneem Mirza has indebt knowledge of the rug
industry. For questions related to rugs or Exquisite Rugs products please
feel free to contact her at