Vintage Folk Art Handmade Amish or Mennonite Penny Rug - image 1 of 8

Fresh from a Lancaster County Amish or Mennonite homestead, I offer this vintage handmade folk art style penny rug. Of course due to the wonderful aesthetic for this craft, along with the chosen and preferred colors used by the Amish and Mennonite makers, a "rug" such as this may not have been used as a rug, but as a large table mat, mantle or dresser runner. Made of black wool felt fabric cut in curved pieces (possibly ovals but unable to tell), the maker edged each piece in handstitched yarn of a variety of colors. It is about 41" end to end and 22" wide. There are 53 outer most pieces which are trimmed in lavender yarn; next there is a row of 47 tan edged pieces; pink yarn decorates the next 44 scallopes, then 41 dark green, 37 royal blue and 30 aqua...each and every one hand stitched! Can you imagine the time it took to do all that!? Finally, in the center is a piece about 21" long x 5" wide that is decorated with a series of pink flowers with green leaves surrounded by royal blue edging. The back is secured onto a heavy woven type fabric as seen in last photo. There are a few curved pieces that have lost some of their stitching but these are few and far between...overall condition is lovely. What a statement this will make if framed and hung on a wall...or use it on a guest bed or over the back of your sofa. Anywhere it is used it will be a focal point in your decor!

Beige, Black, Blue, Green, Pink, Purple, Turquoise
Folk Art
United States • American


Vintage Folk Art Handmade Amish or Mennonite Penny Rug


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