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Fultz House Museum

Rug, Throw

Accession number: 1983.13.13
Category: Floor covering
Date: 1850 – 1925
Materials: Wool
Measurements: 71 cm L x 51 cm W
Narrative: This rug came from a descendant of Daniel Hallisey of County Cork, Ireland and came from the family home. Daniel Hallisey was remembered by Sackville residents as both frugal and a gentleman, someone who would travel in second class coach himself but would purchase a first class fare for his wife. He was a builder of the original railway and after the construction was completed he became the Beaver Bank stationmaster. In 1856 he built a house near the station but in the early 1870's it had burned and was replaced by the house that is still standing. In 1872 Hallisey built a house to the left of the Beaver Bank Station where he carried on a hotel business called the Hallisey Hotel. Politically Conservative Hallisey would on occassion entertain Sir Robert Borden while he waited for the train to his home in Grand Pre. Another of Hallisey's businesses was the selling of wood to fuel the trains and for railway ties. Daniel Hallisey passed away in 1925 at the age of 95 years. Thirty years later the hotel was closed. It was bought and moved where it served as a family home until it was destroyed by a fire. This rug was made in the traditional manner whereby the rug hooker with her right hand above the pattern (often designed by the maker) and the material strip in her left hand elon pushed the hook down through the urlap catching the material strip and drawing it up to form a loop. This craft was popular primarily with the poorer and middle classes. After the 1830's it was popular to have floor coverings for the home and as only the wealthy could afford machine made or imported rugs women began looking through their leftover scraps of material to create their own rugs. Different techniques flourished in different sections and were dependant on the material available in the locality. Where the railroads appeared providing cheap transportation for goods it also provided for a wider variety of materials. Many old rugs were made on urlap from 1850 on, burlap was free as long as one used grain and feed bags. Some types of rugs have a dozen different names by which they are called often because what they are called in one locale is completely different from that of another location.
Description: This rectangular hooked rug has a dirty beige oval center framed by green leaves that are edged in black. At each corner there is a larger red flower, a green flower on its left and a light purple and taupe flower on the right. These flowers are all on a taupe background. The edge of the rug is striped, purple, then light green, dark green with a black edge.