Likely New England, ca. late 19th century. A true folk art rug original created from the experiences and inspirations of the artist, not from a template or print source. Central to the work is MAMMA, an uncommon variant of "mother", perhaps worked as a gift or as a personal remembrance. The abstract figures and lettering emulate impressionist paintings, including a number of softly colored non-linear shapes surrounding the central field, enclosed within an olive-green border. Some vignettes come into focus, such as a running horse to the left, a central heart, and a preening heart, others are more interpretive. Wonderful condition, mounted for hanging, and versatile diminutive size at about 36 inches long x 16 1/2 tall.
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