Cultural Objects, Textiles
Handwoven Carpet Runner
PeopleMaker/Creator: Beulah Mae Harmon Shelor
PlacesBlack Ridge (Courthouse District)
Fabric scraps, cotton
- Length: 104 inches
- Width: 35 inches
This multicolored carpet runner is handwoven using cotton warp thread and strips of fabric sewn together for the weft material. The warp threads are knotted at each end forming a fringe. The photo at right shows a ball of weft material cut and sewn together ready for use.
KeywordsHandwoven runner, carpet, rag rug
Beulah Mae Harmon Shelor (1897-1992) was the daughter of Harvey Thompson Harmon and Emily Bishop Harmon. The loom she used to weave this runner belonged to her grandmother Elizabeth Dodd Bishop and was built by her grandfather Asa Bishop in the mid-1800s. Beulah married Harman Barnard Shelor. Their daughter Opal Shelor Hylton donated the family loom and its accessories to Old Church Gallery in addition to this rug.