This is a hooked mat interpreting the fraktur art of Friederich Bandel active in the Shenadoah Valley between 1800-1820. Unique to Bandel was a thin squiggle line echoing the motif. Susan Feller attended a lecture by Jeffrey S. Evans at the Rockingham Museum in Dayton, VA which focused on the new research about Shenandoah Valley fraktur artists. This accompanied an exhibit of photos presenting the largest presentation of regional frakturs to date. The show is at the musem through the end of 2011.
The other mat interprets a strange pot and striped tulip drawn in 1847 by Emanuel Wilkins in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Both of these designs are available as hooked rug patterns from Ruckman Mill Farm. See our Shop under Fraktur Designs.