BARKS From The Guild

The Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador wants to know what treasures you have underfoot or on your wall.

Winnie Glavine, the guild's publicity and social media director, says the guild has established a rug registry so the province's older hooked mats aren't lost to history.

"A mat needs to be at least 25 years old, hooked by a person living in Newfoundland," she said.

History of the rug

"Basically, all we do is take pictures of the mat, front and back, and we get as much history of the mat as we can, and the rug hooker, where she lived — we could say 'he' but at that time most of the rug hookers were women — where she lived, what kind of family was she living in, were they fishermen, were they merchants, were they teachers," Gavine said. "Did she hook the rug for somebody in particular?"

The guild also wants to do an assessment to try to determine what the rug was hooked with.

"Some people used old shirts, some people used woolen pants, some people used just scraps. We've had mats hooked with bark from trees — anything that they could get their hands on."

The Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador has created a registry to preserve information about rugs made in the province more than 25 years ago. (Heather Barrett/CBC)

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