Rag Rugs: Standing on Tradition
In 2012 the exhibit Standing on Tradition, Rag Rug Techniques was created in partnership with the Minnesota Discovery Center and the Range Fiberart Guild, through funding in part from the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the MN State Legislature, (Legacy Fund of MN). When Carol Sperling of the Range Fiberart Guild first had the idea of a rag rug exhibit she envisioned a display of all techniques for making rugs with rags or cloth. Mai Vang, Discovery Center Curator, along with Sperling, Barb Leuelling Mary Erickson, Alana Maijala and members of the Range Fiberart Guild worked to bring together elements of rag rug making on the Iron Range and Minnesota.
This special supplemental online exhibit features videos capturing an oral history of the rag rug tradition in the Iron Range Region of northern Minnesota. It honors the artists and the rugs, as well as the looms they were woven on. On display are many examples of several techniques used to make rag rugs such as weaving, looping, hooking, sewing and more.