Among the Amish, rugmaking is a thriving cottage industry that goes hand-in-hand with quilting and cloth handiwork.
Amish craftspeople often create rugs from scraps left over from quilting or making clothes. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles as you can see below.
Here’s an example from an Amish quilt shop at New Wilmington, Pennsylvania:
These rugs are from the Amish community at Camden, Michigan:
And finally Tom has some shots of rugs sold in a New York Amish quilt shop:
A rug is what you get when you go into an Amish shop to buy a quilt, see the prices, and think “maybe next time”. It’s the consolation prize of Amish textile shopping. Nothing wrong with that though–floors need prettying up too.
If your floor’s looking a little bare, Amish Workshops has a cool selection of affordable hand-woven Amish rugs.
Anyone own an Amish rug? I got mine in Big Valley, Pennsylvania. Who knows, it may be the only Amish-made rug in Poland.
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