Geometric hooked rugs are the rarest output of the Grenfell cottage industry that produced distinctive textiles at the turn of the 20th century. Grenfell is well known for its hooked 'mats' that are pictorials of northern maritime life. This raer example has all the Grenfell hallmarks including the use of brin (unravelled bronze-y hemp and burlap) for some of the hooking materials; the silk stockings for the rag strips hooked in superb shades of bronze, terracotta and a rainbow of neutrals that were perhaps the original flesh tones of the hosiery they came from. A few shallow losses are visible at the brin edging, and there''a tiny reaffixing of strips where the foundation split; neither condition detracts from the overall harmony or the collectability of this rare Grenfell geometric. Now mounted for wall display.