A Grenfell hooked mat, ca. 1928
The Grenfell Mission helped create a local handicraft industry in Labrador and northern Newfoundland that allowed residents to sell hooked mats, knitted goods and other items at North American retail shops. Today, early Grenfell rugs are considered works of art; some are displayed in museums or galleries, while others are preserved in private art or antique collections. The rug pictured here depicts the road to Fishing Point, St. Anthony.
Mat maker unknown. Mat in the possession of Paula Laverty. Photo courtesy of Paula Laverty.