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Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19950067014
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
180
Width
110.5
Description
RED WOVEN WOOL RUG WITH BLUE, PINK, AND GREEN WOVEN IN STRIPS ALONG SIDE BORDERS. BOTTOM AND TOP HAVE SIMILAR STRIPS, BUT IN GREEN, ORANGE AND BLUE. STRIPS ARE INTERWOVEN WHERE THEY CROSS AT CORNERS. ENDS HAVE FRINGE, APPROXIMATELY 5CM IN LENGTH. RUG APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN WOVEN IN SECTIONS AND PIECED TOGETHER, ESPECIALLY APPARENT ALONG CENTRE LENGTH OF SEAM, WHICH HAS BEEN STITCHED WITH WHITE YARN. ONE SECTION ON ONE END OF RUG DOES NOT FOLLOW THE PATTERN ON REST OF BORDER. INSTEAD OF GREEN, ORANGE AND BLUE STRIPS, IT IS WOVEN WITH TEAL, RED, AND DARK BLUE. BACK OVERLAPS WHERE THIS SECTION IS WOVEN TO REST OF RUG. OTHER END ALSO HAS INCONSISTENCY, WITH THIN YELLOW STRIP BETWEEN GREEN AND ORANGE. SMALL HOLE ALMOST WEARING THROUGH ALONG CENTRE SEAM ABOUT ONE THIRD OF LENGTH FROM ONE END.
Subjects
FLOOR COVERING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
HANDWOVEN DOUKHOBOR ARTIFACT. FOR MORE HISTORY SEE P19950067001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2010 NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONTACTED ELSIE MORRIS NEE KONKIN (WHO DONATED THE ARTIFACTS ON BEHALF OF HER MOTHER) IN ORDER TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HISTROY OF THE OBJECTS AND THEIR CONNECTION TO THE DOUKHOBORS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA. SEE BELOW. MORRIS HAD NOTHING TO ADD. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN APRON DONATED BY ELIZABETH KONKIN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ELIZABETH KONKIN AKA ELSIE MORRIS IS THE DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM KONKIN AND ELIZABETH P. KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW). ELSIE WAS MARRIED TO TERRANCE GORDON “TERRY” MORRIS. TERRY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON OCTOBER 25, 2012. WILLIAM KONKIN PASSED AWAY MARCH 3, 1977 AT THE AGE OF 72. ELIZABETH KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW) WAS BORN IN CANORA, SK ON JANUARY 22, 1907, THE DAUGHTER OF PETER AND ELIZABETH WISHLOW (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). AT THE AGE OF 6 SHE MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT BRILLIANT, BC, THEN LATER HER FAMILY MOVED TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT SHOULDICE, AB. IT WAS HERE THAT SHE MET AND MARRIED WILLIAM KONKIN. IN 1939, THE COUPLE MOVED TO THE VAUXHALL AREA TO FARM UNTIL THEIR RETIREMENT, AFTER WHICH THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. ELIZABETH PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON APRIL 8, 2000. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN'S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. IN 2016, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH KONKIN'S DAUGHTER, ELSIE MORRIS. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY WAS CREATED USING THAT INTERVIEW AND CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003002.
Catalogue Number
P19950067014
Acquisition Date
1995-10
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
RUSSIAN RUG
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19950067013
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RUSSIAN RUG
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
216
Width
162.5
Description
HANDWOVEN WOOL RUG WITH PINK, BLUE, BEIGE, BLACK, AND BROWN GEOMETRICAL PATTERN. HANDSTITCHED HEM AT EITHER END, WITH DARNED HOLES THROUGHOUT. RUG IS HEAVILY SOILED, WITH SMALL DARKER STAINS IN SEVERAL PLACES, MORE CLEARLY VISIBLE FROM REVERSE SIDE. SIDE EDGES ARE NOT COMPLETELY STRAIGHT.
Subjects
FLOOR COVERING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
WEDDING GIFT TO ELIZABETH (NOHORNOFF) WISHLOW, MOTHER OF DONOR. RUG WAS BROUGHT TO CANADA FROM RUSSIA IN 1899. HANDWOVEN BY TURKISH WEAVERS, AND USED TO COVER BED SHELVES IN SOD HOUSES. WHEN BEDS WERE EVENTUALLY USED, IT COVERED THE SPRINGS. FOR MORE DONOR HISTORY SEE P19950067001-GA. DOUKHOBOR ARTIFACT. *UPDATE* IN 2010 NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONTACTED ELSIE MORRIS NEE KONKIN (WHO DONATED THE ARTIFACTS ON BEHALF OF HER MOTHER) IN ORDER TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HISTROY OF THE OBJECTS AND THEIR CONNECTION TO THE DOUKHOBORS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA. SEE BELOW. THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN HAND WOVEN BY ELIZABETH (NOHORNOFF) WISHLOW. THIS RUG HAD A SECOND PIECE JOINED TO THE ORIGINAL. THE RUG WOULD HAVE BEEN MADE IN PART FROM SCRAP PIECES OF WOOL. ELSIE MORRIS MENTIONED THAT THE DOUKHOBORS USED SCRAPS FROM OTHER PROJECTS IN MANY OF THEIR RUGS (WHETHER IT BE SCRAPS OF FABRIC FOR RAG RUGS OR SCRAPS OF STRING FOR PIECES LIKE THIS) BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WANT TO LET ANYTHING GO TO WASTE AND THEY "COULDN'T AFFORD OTHERWISE." THEY FREQUENTLY USED WOOL (AS IN THE CASE OF THIS RUG) OR LINEN BECAUSE IT WAS READILY AVAILABLE AND WOMEN COULD SPIN THIS RAW MATERIAL INTO THREAD. THE RUG, LIKE MANY DOUKHOBOR ARTIFACTS, IS BRIGHTLY COLORED IN ORDER TO LIVEN UP THE DECOR OF THE HOME. AS HOUSES HAD GRAY, MUD-PLASTERED WALLS, COLORFUL BLANKETS AND RUGS WERE A WONDERFUL WAY TO BRIGHTEN UP THE HOME. RUGS LIKE THIS WERE OFTEN USED TO COVER BED SHELVES IN SOD HOUSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN APRON DONATED BY ELIZABETH KONKIN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ELIZABETH KONKIN AKA ELSIE MORRIS IS THE DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM KONKIN AND ELIZABETH P. KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW). ELSIE WAS MARRIED TO TERRANCE GORDON “TERRY” MORRIS. TERRY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON OCTOBER 25, 2012. WILLIAM KONKIN PASSED AWAY MARCH 3, 1977 AT THE AGE OF 72. ELIZABETH KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW) WAS BORN IN CANORA, SK ON JANUARY 22, 1907, THE DAUGHTER OF PETER AND ELIZABETH WISHLOW (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). AT THE AGE OF 6 SHE MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT BRILLIANT, BC, THEN LATER HER FAMILY MOVED TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT SHOULDICE, AB. IT WAS HERE THAT SHE MET AND MARRIED WILLIAM KONKIN. IN 1939, THE COUPLE MOVED TO THE VAUXHALL AREA TO FARM UNTIL THEIR RETIREMENT, AFTER WHICH THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. ELIZABETH PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON APRIL 8, 2000. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN'S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. IN 2016, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH KONKIN'S DAUGHTER, ELSIE MORRIS. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY WAS CREATED USING THAT INTERVIEW AND CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003002.
Catalogue Number
P19950067013
Acquisition Date
1995-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail