In years past, the Mennonites and Amish would use a mat such as this to set their oil lamp upon. This mat came from a Mennonite estate in Lancaster County rich in the tradition of hand weaving and stitchery. In this case, a Mennonite lady took the time to braid together strips of cloth (often from wornout clothing or rags, sometimes even using ribbons from funeral sprays!) to make into something useful and decorative for her home. This particular mat is about 9" x 6 1/2" and is tightly braided. The center oval consists of tan, cream and purple braids. Next comes a mix of blues and mauve colors and the outer ovals show colors of black, grays, white and pale red. Somehow, the Mennonites make these colors work well together...I just love these little mats! Use it on a table under a lamp or use as a dollhouse rug...this size would be great in a vintage dollhouse. No matter how you use it, this is a great piece of Mennonite fancywork and will continue to appreciate in value over the years. Please be sure to see other mats that I aquired at this estate...listed separately.