Like the Grenfell Industries in Newfoundland, the Maine Seacoast Mission was created in 1905 to aid residents on Maine's isolated islands. The mission began a rug program in 1923, under the guidance of Alice Peabody, that ran until 1930. The rugs are often of landscapes or seascapes, and the loops are often clipped to produce a velvety texture. They are charming, and to see them hanging in this beautiful house was a real treat.
|The amazing front door was curved|
|Mission rugs in the parlor|
|I love this mat. The maker did such a great job with perspective, using shading so carefully|
|Another favorite of mine. This one is attributed to Henrietta Ames of Matinicus. It is of the Mission's boat, the Sunbeam, 1926|
|The Mission's label|
|A collection of Grenfell treasures, including purses and a book cover|
|Grenfell mats in the dining room, from the collection of Paula Laverty|