Queen Califia, Hollywood and tech, the High Sierras and the coastline, griffins and more are chronicled in this pictorial tapestry that brings to life the state’s storied history. Woven into this unique tapestry, you’ll discover California’s heritage and lore. Take the Tour >>

Made exclusively from California plant and protein fiber, and dyed using only local plants, the California Rug was woven on a handmade loom constructed of salvaged wood from Humboldt County. The piece was hand-knotted and took 14 years to complete. Learn More >>

Expert rugmaker, Vicki Fraser, was born in California, traveled the world, and came back home to create this monumental work to commemorate the state, the people, and the history of California. Learn more >>

The California Rug is in need of a home so that it can be enjoyed by future generations. There are several steps needed to make this acquisition a reality — and several ways you can help. Support the Project >>

California’s Stories Woven into a Masterwork

About the Project

The California Rug is dominated by the seated figure of Queen Califia surrounded by various scenes depicting the rich cultural history of the Golden State. To create the 5’x15′ tapestry, California artist Vicki Fraser collected over 50 miles of Central Valley cotton along with fleece from 50 different breeds of California-raised sheep. She then hand-dyed the fiber using all local plants to further support her grand vision. Learn more >>

Vicki Fraser, Fiber Artist

About the Artist

Born in 1944 in Merced, California, and educated around the world, Vicki Fraser studied textile art at the Central London Institute in London, England. In 1982, she worked as a restorer at Oriental Carpet Restoration in London, where she apprenticed under skilled craftsmen and honed the Ghiordes knotting technique employed in the making of the California Rug. Learn more >>

We Need Your Support

Here are several ways you can help support the California Rug Project

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Specs & Materials List

Before the artist even begins to envision the work, many hands are preparing the materials that will be required:

Fiber

Fifteen hundred acres of acala cotton, three pickers, 2.6 bales per acre, 2.8 normal

Natural Dyes

Alfalfa 850 acres, sugar beets 180 acres, corn 200 acres, rice and cantaloupe

Final Size

The dimensions for the final textile is 5’ (width) x 15’ (length)

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Creating the Textile

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Years in the Making

The California Rug took over XXX hours to create and making of it spanned fourteen years. (CREATE TIMELINE GRAPHIC FOR CA RUG)

Online Tour of the California Rug

View sections of the Rug up close and discover some of the many stories it has to tell!

Press for the California Rug Project

Here’s what is being said about this masterful work:

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The Project Team

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