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- A floor covering of shaggy or woven material, typically not extending over the entire floor
- A rug (UK), blanket(Equine and other livestock, US), or coat (canine and other companion animals, US) is a covering or garment made by humans to protect their pets from the elements, as in a horse rug or dog coat.
- A thick woolen coverlet or wrap, used esp. when traveling
- Rhug (normally Y Rug in Welsh; sometimes given the antiquarian spelling Rug) is a township in the parish of Corwen, Denbighshire, Wales, formerly in the old cantref of Edeirnion and later a part of Merionethshire, two miles from CorwenRug Chapel and ten miles north east of Bala.
- floor covering consisting of a piece of thick heavy fabric (usually with nap or pile)
- A small carpet woven in a pattern of colors, typically by hand in a traditional style
Woman in Bonnet, Ca. 1848-1851
This drawing was inspired by a daggeurreotype I had seen in a book of mine. I had to do some digging around to make sure I got the bonnet shape right for the period I had in mind - so if I were to say she was from a certain period she would probably be somewhere in between 1848-1851. One thing I had found out (that isn't important, but it's a detail and the beauty of things is in the detail) is that it appears the brim of the bonnet in England had receded from sheilding the whole side of the face, to coming to just behind the eye by 1849. However, it appears that bonnets in America still sheilded the whole face - and didn't recede to behind the eye until 1854 or '55 or so. Perhaps the change did occur simultaneously, but I couldn't find any photographs to support that it did.
Much has been made as to how covering and concealing bonnets were in the mid-nineteenth century - many say that they were symbolic of the strict morals and overbearing sense of modesty that women supposedly were forced to endure before the days of the feminist movement. Well, I think that's a bunch of phony-balony-plastic-banana hooey. Bonnets, with their projecting and sheilding brims, and neck curtains, served a practical purpose. Consider that the world back in the mid-nineteenth century was a much more rural place. One could go for miles upon miles along pot-holed and rutted dirt roads without seeing anyone or anything but wilderness. Many more people lived on farms and on homesteads. A woman in this position would have her work centered around the operation of the household - but many do not realise that for the majority of the population this meant that much of your work was outdoors. Women without maids, or the aids of household appliances had to do much of their work - laundry, rug beating, and hauling water for things as ordinary as drinking water and washing dishes - by themselves, usually meaning that they were outdoors, often in direct sun. The key to good skin, at the time was staying out of the sun (and it still is.) so bonnets sheilded most of the head, face and neck from the sun, thus giving some form of protection to the skin.
Of course the woman in this drawing probably isn't a farmer's wife. She probably is an upper-middle class woman who dwelled in the city. Even in the city, women still provided themselves protection from the sun - if one didn't have a carriage (And many did not) one had to walk to visit friends and go to the market for supplies and shopping. One could probably spend the whole day walking, out in the sun. So these bonnets served a decorative and practical purpose, even for the most wealthy woman of the period. I think the same theories could also be applied to the clothing of the period, but that's a completely different (and much more complicated) story. We can save that for a rainy day.
From Bedroom to Art Studio / Craft Room
Just moved all the bigger furniture up to Brian's old room: on its way to becoming our Art Studio / Craft Room. The only things we bought were the 6 area rugs (cheap) to protect the room's carpeting. Tomorrow I move the Christmas decorations out of the closet to make room for the art supplies that are currently spread all over the house (and, oh yeah, there's the little matter of all the books, papers, and STUFF that I pulled out of these cabinets and left strewn all over our bedroom).
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