Crush of the Week: Cat’s Paw Hooked Rug by Dash and Albert

Cat's Paw Rug on FloorIt always happens that I have a pair of black pants on when my cat comes in from outside and traipses up and down my legs, leaving precious paw marks. Besides my pants, cat’s paw is actually a hooked rug design. This week’s crush of the week, cat’s paw hooked rugs are colorful, happy and fun.

Not quite circular, the cat’s paw design is a series of concentric catawampus shapes loosely resembling feline feet randomly placed on a solid background. Another hooked rug design that’s similar is called pennies or coins, but their shapes tend to be more uniform

Don’t confuse wool hooked with latch hooked rugs. Latch hooking is that rainbow or butterfly pillow you probably made with acrylic yarn in 1978. Latch hooking has a pile. Meanwhile, wool hooking is densely looped on top and uses long pieces of wool fabric that are woven through a stiff backing.

Although it’s an old-timey design, Dash and Albert, as well as some other companies like Garnet Hill, still make cat’s paw hooked rugs in fresh, vibrant colors. You can also find wool artisans who make cat’s paw rugs too.

Here’s my favorite from Dash and Albert, shown in blue and brown.

via Dash and Albert

via Dash and Albert

via Dash and Albert

via Dash and Albert

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