This is a photo of the original pleated and shirred rug, circa 1830-1850.
This is a pleated and shirred background and chenille shirred on the red blossoms. The pleating gives a unique look on the background, vines and leaves. The blossoms are simple. Larger cuts can be used in this rug, especially the larger sizes. It is an easy hook for a seasoned hooker!
Photo: Historic New England Museum
Second image: America Hurrah Archives; third image: Rhonda Manley