A Rep Rug to Honor Cranbrook's Legacy Pattern

Project Type Rugs
Loom Type Multi-Shaft Floor or Table
Number of Shafts 4
Number of Treadles 4
Weave Structures Rep
Magazine Issue Handwoven March-April 2015
Author Tom Knisely
Format Project/Pattern

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This rug is woven in Cranbrook colors as a tribute to designers Saarinen and Earnes. Saarinen and Earnes designed some of the most recognized furniture of the mid-20th century after studying furniture design at Cranbrook.

Weave Structure: Warp rep.


  • 4-shaft loom, 38" weaving width
  • 8-dent reed
  • 1 rug or ski shuttle
  • 1 boat shuttle


  • Warp: 8/4 cotton (1,600 yd/lb, The Mannings Handweaving School), Moody Blue, 1,800 yd; Grass, 504 yd; Forest Green, Dark Jade, and Myrtle Green, 432 yd each.
  • Thick weft; Mop cototn (420 yd/lb, The Mannings), 4 strands used as 1, Williamsburg Blue, 700 yd.
  • Thin weft; 8/4 cotton, Moody Blue, 400 yd. (In addition to hem and thin weft picks, amount given allows for weaving a thin weft with each thick weft pick.)


  • Width in the reed: 37.5".
  • Woven length (measured under tension on the loom): 56".
  • Finished size: 1 hemmed rug 37.5" x 49".

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