Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

CMC Magazine, Fall 2003

The Lay-Down on a Recent Addition

A Work of Art Covers the Ath Floor

What's 28-feet-by-l8-feet, woven from fine wool, took eight months to complete, and bears approximately 12 million hand-tied knots?

The answer is the new rug covering the floor of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum's Security Pacific Dining Room, a recent arrival commissioned by the College to replace the Ath's original Persian Sarouk rug. After more than two decades on duty, with literally hundreds of thousands of students, faculty, alumni, and guests treading across it during receptions and dinners, the Persian rug simply had begun to disintegrate, CMCers say.