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Get hooked on ancient craft of rug-making

POSTED: May 9, 2012 4:05 p.m.
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Goat Hill is one of the hooked rugs on display at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center. It was designed by Gail Dufresne, national president of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists.

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The beauty of the hand-hooked rug will be on display in “Off the Hook — Exploring Our Rug Hooking Heritage,” which runs through June 30 in the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford.

The GEHC Foundation and the Atlanta Dogwood Chapter Association of Traditional Hooking Artists joined to bring the story of this 200-year-old hand craft to life.

Visitors can learn about the evolution of the craft from a utilitarian object into a mode of self-expression and fine art.

The display includes of hundreds of antique to contemporary hand-hooked rugs, along with hands-on activities and workshops for beginners and advanced participants.

For admission pricing and additional information, visit


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