Are Hooked rugs valuable?


Are Hooked rugs valuable?

The once-humble American hooked rug hangs on museum walls these days and brings prices in the thousands of dollars–part of the trend toward American country art. A decade ago most hooked rugs sold for between $50 and $150, but now the price range is between $150 and $2,500 and sometimes up to as much as $6,500.

What are hand-knotted wool rugs?

A hand-knotted rug is a one-of-a-kind rug that is woven completely by hand on a special loom. Popular types of hand-knotted rugs include Oriental and Persian rugs. These rugs are made from natural materials, such as wool, silk, and cotton. They have a flatter pile with less texture.

What is a wool hooked rug?

HOOKED RUGS Hooking is similar to tufting, but the yarn loops stay intact. Loops of yarn are pulled through the rug’s backing material using a machine or a hand-held hooking needle. Instead of being sheared like tufted rugs, the loops are left alone, creating a knobby embroidered look.

Can hooked rugs be washed?

Hooked rugs can also be washed, but hand-washing is preferred. Just have on hand two pans containing about two cups of water each. In the first, add one tablespoon of laundry detergent. (You want laundry detergent as opposed to dishwashing liquid or other soap, because you don’t want too many suds.)

How do you store a hooked rug?

Never fold a hooked rug. Roll it lightly with the pile side out to prevent the straining of the burlap foundation. Don’t wrap any textile in plastic, because trapped moisture leads to mildew. Wrap in a clean white cotton sheet, pillowcase or towel, fastened loosely.

How old is rug hooking?

Designs for the rugs are often commercially produced and can be as complex as flowers or animals to as simple as geometrics. Rug-hooking has been popular in North America for at least the past 200 years.

When were hooked rugs popular?

Hooked rugs first became popular in America in the 1840s. They were practical items of household furnishings and were perfect examples of recycling – utilizing old burlap grain sacks and scraps of wool or rags. By their very nature (they were walked on) hooked rugs are frequently found in poor condition.

How do you vacuum a hooked rug?

With a lot of rugs, we recommend to routinely vacuum as general maintenance, however, hooked rugs should not undergo vigorous vacuum cleaning and you should never use a brush attachment. To clean we suggest using a gentle, hand-held vacuum or the floor attachment with cheesecloth over the opening.

Can you machine wash a hooked rug?

How do you wash wool rug hooks?

To wash wool in preparation for hooking, use warm or hot water and a cold rinse on your washing machine. Do not use any detergent containing bleach additives—bleach will dissolve wool. I prefer to use powdered Tide detergent (it is inexpensive to buy and it does not contain any added perfumes or bleaches.)

Do wool rugs increase in value?

Method Matters, Too. If a rug is to increase in value over time, it is the hand-woven, as we just indicated. Those that are silk on silk (meaning they use both a silk foundation and silk threads) seem to be the most valuable, but the silk on wool, wool on wool and wool on cotton carpets will also appreciate over time.