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The fabric in this large hand-braided rug came from balls of hand-pieced fabric strips I found at an antique store. At a time when "make over and make do" was the dominant value--flour sacks, curtains, and end-of-the-line homemade clothes were ripped up and sew into strips to put into a rug. This rug is made from several dozen of these vintage fabric balls, sewn together by hand by an unknown thrifty rug-maker. Some of the narrow strips are only six inches long, and the fabric joins are not invisible as they should be today but hand-sewn in contrasting thread. Mlost fabrics in the rug are are cotton, some are not. I used the Bohemian Braid rug-making technique to show off the vintage patterns and protect the aging fabric with the strength of the Bohemian Braid pattern. This is not a smooth, even rug, with the color changes all in the same place. This is a "hit or miss" rug highlighting the work done decades ago by a woman who wasn't an expert rug-maker and for some reason didn't have the chance to finish her rug. The rug is 100% reversible although with the Bohemian Braid the sides do not the look the same. One side looks knotted, while the other looks like a basket weave. Treat this one with care. It is not delicate, but it is utterly unique and authentically one-of-a-kind. It is a link back to an important time in our history. To make the rug itself match the vintage fabric, once it was completed, the rug was tea-dyed and sun-dried to give it an aged appearance - as though the fabrics have laid together for decades.

One-Of-A-Kind: Studio at Red Top Ranch rugs are all handmade of natural fibers, one at a time, each completely unique.

Dimensions: 36" inches in diameter

Care: hand wash in cool water, squeeze gently and wrap in towel to remove excess water, lay flat to dry.

Fiber content: 95% cotton, 5% non-cotton fabrics

About the Studio at Red Top Ranch: Red Top Ranch is the western Nebraska home of a small rural family, 3 rescued dogs and one fiber artist. At the heart of the Studio at Red Top Ranch is a love of beauty, nature, the great outdoors, individuality, the West, and winter. My scarves and rugs are made using the old-fashioned, traditional hand-crafting methods of my prairie artisan great grandmothers. I create by hand, one project at a time, combining natural materials with good design for beauty, durability, and individuality.

Reserved - Bohemian Braided Rug of Patchwork Vintage Fabrics 36"


  • Handmade item
  • Material: cotton
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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