All hooked rugs begin with hand, hook, and a time-honored, time-consuming process In the past twenty years, the general public's appreciation for the aesthetic and monetary values of hooked rugs has grown. This new book provides a visual inventory of particularly memorable hooked rugs. From the most dedicated hands and from the most passionate collectors, this treasury holds more than 500 of the choicest hooked rugs. The chapters present the best work of makers from Nova Scotia to Hawaii spanning 200 years. Some of the finest private and museum collections are represented and noteworthy public exhbits, auctions, dealers, and clubs for hooked rugs are listed. The price guide reflects the current markets.
Jessie A. Turbayne of Westwood, Massachusetts, is a textiles conservator specializing in hooked rugs. She has repaired and handled thousands of hooked rugs for more than 20 years and has used her experience to select the rugs shown here-among the finest ever made.