Rug (T26)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Rug

Made in

Cornwall

Date

1977

Description

Rug with a linen warp and a woollen weft, with a dark grey ground, orange vertical stripes and white bands with a blue bird pattern.

Materials and techniques

Linen warp, two-ply woollen weft used threefold. Three-end block-draft weave with shaft-switching. Woven on a George Maxwell loom extensively altered and fortified.

Dimensions

length:  167cm
width:  87cm

Object number

T26

Category

References

Margetts, T. (1977). Weaving from Cornwall. Crafts, (28), pp.17-22.
  • Rug, Vanessa Robertson and Norman Young, 1977, Crafts Council Collection: T26. Photo: Heini Schneebeli.

Maker's statement

I think we achieved a satisfactory balance between simple and formal elements and an element of surprise or interest with stripes, speckled areas, and plain bands against the rows of stylised birds. We went through a phase in which we utilised stylised representational elements in our designs. At the moment we are making use of some of the incidental discoveries, such as triangles, and using them in abstract or geometrical designs in a slight move away from the representational.

Vanessa Robertson, 9 October 1977