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Canadian Rug Hooking

Canadian Rug Hooking

In the Canadian Museum of Civilization you can visit two virtual exhibitions linked to rug hooking. The first is the Hooked on Rugs exhibition.

Secondly, if you're interested in seeing the Garret's "Bluenose" Hooked Rug, you can visit it in this virtual exhibition called Before E-Commerce, a history of Canadian mail-Order Catalogues.

Bluenose, printed pattern for chair seat designed and printed by Garrett's, late 1940s, 50 x 50.7 cm.

To discover Chéticamp Hooked Rugs in Nova-Scotia, visit Les Trois Pignons featuring the Elizabeth LeFort Gallery.

Elizabeth LeFort . Canadian Centennial Hooked Rug, 1967. Les Trois Pignons Cultural Centre.

Visit Virtual Museum  to  explore  Narrative threads: Crafting the Canadian Quilt. National Stories captured In Artifacts. This is an on-line exhibition about textiles and  pieces from permanent collections of Canadian museums. You can find  hooked rugs from OntarioNew-Brunswick, Manitoba , Newfoundland and LabradorFollow this link to discover Georges-Edouard Tremblay (1902-1987), a rug hooking artist from Quebec. 


Georges-Edouard Tremblay. ca 1940

You can find very interesting information at the Canadian Tapestry Website, which belongs to the Textile Museum of Canada.

To see the Textile Museum of Canada rug's collection follow the link and type "hooked rug" in the "Search in the collection" tool.


Grenfell Mission. 1920-40. Silk and rayon on burlap. 81 x 48 cm.Textile Museum of Canada. T01.24.1

Follow this link to discover the silk stocking mats of the Grenfell Mission of Newfoundland and Labrador. Don't miss Paula Laverty’s article in the History page, and her article Silk-Stocking Mats on the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Website. 

To discover Prince-Edward Island hooked rugs, we invite you to read Anne Nicholson’s article (A pdf document, pages 55 to 72).

A mat hooked by Helen Johnson's mother. Photo: Anne Nicholson

Canadian Encyclopedia

We also invite you to visit The Canadian Encyclopedia to read Max Allen's article Rugs and rug making.