Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rug Of The Week - Storm by Madge Shephard

by John Aldrich

Storm pattern rugs are among the most popular for buyers to purchase. This week we feature one by Madge Shephard of Big Mountain. It measures 23" x 36" and is priced at $500. The catalog listing is 7028.

Storm pattern rugs can be very intricate with many design elements and color changes. Such elaborate weavings are more likely to be produced by younger weavers who have the eyesight and stamina to produce such rugs.

Our older weavers, like Madge, are more likely to create simpler designs with fewer colors. In such rugs, though, the basic elements of the design stand out more dramatically which gives them a different kind of appeal.

Madge is a well-known weaver in her late 80's who continues to weave every day. She still lives alone, although her daughter does reside nearby. Weaving is in her blood; it's part of her way of life and who she is.  Madge, like many weavers, has supported herself and her family over the years through the output of her loom.

See this 2010 post for more information about the rug catalog.

Notes: Every effort has been made to photograph and present the rugs with as accurate rendition of color as possible. It's not possible, however, to be certain that your computer won't show some variance. Where two prices are listed in the catalog, the higher represents what the weaver hopes to receive and the lower, the minimum she will accept. As has always been the case at ANE all the proceeds of every rug sale go entirely to the weaver. Prices are set by the weaver, and since there is no "middleman" they are typically very reasonable.

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