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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Deborah Loomis Brace, American, 1752–1839

Bed Rug

ca. 1772

Hand-spun wool

87 × 86 in. (221 × 218.4 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Few more truly native or more harmoniously colorful textiles can be found than the bed rugs of New England; only crewelwork using imported worsted yarns is more beautiful. Bed rugs worked in running stitches on woolen blankets can have a cut pile, as here, or the loops can be left uncut. Many examples dating as early as 1722 and as late as 1833 have similar leafy winding borders interspersed with flowers and a flowering tree or vase of flowers in the center. The initials “DB” between two X’s are thought to be those of Deborah Loomis after her marriage in 1771 or 1772 to Ariel Brace of Torrington, Connecticut.
Made in Torrington, Connecticut
Not on view
18th century

Deborah Loomis Brace; by descent to Lois A. Marshall (1867–1960), Hartford, Conn., by purchase to Francis P. Garvan, New YOrk, 1934, by gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1934


Mabel Roberts Moore, “Hooked Coverlets of Artistic Merit Made in 18th Century,” American Collector 2, no. 10 (1934): 1, 6, ill.

Florence Mellows Montgomery, “Ceramics, Glass, and Textiles at Yale,” Antiques 117, no. 6 (June 1980): 1331, pl. 4, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 127, ill.

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