This is an Antique mid 19thC Handsewn Folk Art Americana Wool Penny Table Rug Brown Red Yellow Natural Dyes. The rug was done in wool on a heavy cotton flannel backing. The colors were obtained from natural dyes I believe. These penny rugs/mats are not that common and were used for the table not wiping feet. Each of the “brown” wool and cotton circles measures about 3 1/2 inch diameter and includes handsewn blanket stitch embroidered smaller circles in red and yellow wool about the size of a penny (hence penny rug). This rug bears and old tag reading “penny rug” which might be an old museum tag. There is some staining, soiling and fabric wear/loss here and there. It measures 34 inches by 29 inches. I love the somewhat random placement of the circles. This is an authentic antique penny rug, not one newly made. This is a penny rug for a collector who wants to add a fabulous early 19thC textile to their collection and who appreciates and wants to preserve early textiles of our American cultural history. A rare find.
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