Bed Rug Maker: Deborah Loomis Brace (American, 1752–1839)

probably 1772

American Decorative Arts

Not on view

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.


Hand-spun wool


87 × 86 in. (221 × 218.4 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number



18th century


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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
  • American Art: Selections from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2023), 60–61, no. 11, ill
  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 127, ill
  • Florence Mellows Montgomery, "Ceramics, Glass, and Textiles at Yale," Antiques 117, no. 6 (June 1980), 1331, pl. 4, ill
  • Mabel Roberts Moore, "Hooked Coverlets of Artistic Merit Made in 18th Century," American Collector 2, no. 10 (1934), 1, 6, ill
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Object/Work type

bed rugs


Women makers


Signed below vase: "D.B."

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