Standing on Tradition: Rag Rug Techniques

Sept. 18, 2012 — April 13, 2013

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In partnership with the Range Fiberart Guild

Before the industrialization and mass production of textiles, cloth was highly valued. Worn cloth has been prized and recycled into a second use since cloth making began. In the United States, making rugs from “rags” was one of the ways old materials were reused. Rug makers give “rags” a new life by weaving, braiding, hooking, crocheting and knitting, prodding, twining, sewing and painting.

Standing on Tradition: Rag Rugs Technique focuses on 75 Minnesota rug makers and thirteen different techniques. The culmination of these techniques are built on thousands of years of development and passed on to the makers. This exhibit not only displays the diversity of techniques but also the skillful and clever ways rugs are made to beautify the home. This collection of rugs was made between 1920 and 2012.

The blending of traditional techniques with modern designs and materials come together in this exhibit, showcasing the artistry and creativity of its maker. The historical rugs of the past and the rugs of today are studies in color, texture and design. Whether made from silk kimonos, rags found on the streets of Minneapolis, a fox fur coat, neckties, selvage ends, old clothes or new purchased material, the “rag” rugs of this exhibit reflect traditions adapted to today’s society.