A Passion for Hand-Hooked Rugs

A Passion for Hand-Hooked Rugs

A Passion for Hand-Hooked Rugs

When Lucille Festa retired in 1998 and left the corporate world, her love of all things Americana started her on an entirely new adventure.

Text By Linda Wright | Photography By George Bouret Photography

Lucille Festa grew up along the Hudson River Valley and had always been interested in primitive antiques and painted pieces. But it was when Lucille was studying women’s history in America that hand-hooked rugs drew her in. “Throughout my life I was looking for something, and in rug hooking I found it,” Lucille says. “I can remember my first project was the Shaker Tree of Life, a classic early American pattern.”