Rag Rugs

Example of a colourful rag rug. Example of a colourful rag rug.

Rag rugs developed in several countries as a means of using up narrow lengths of cloth in order to make cheap floor coverings. Rag rugs come in various forms, including plaited rugs, punched needle rugs and woven rag rugs. Of particular interest to TRC Needles are the punched needle rugs.

Punched needle rugs are made using a thick, hollow needle with a sharp point that has a large eye (punch needle). Individual lengths of rags that have been cut to the required shape are 'threaded' through the hole of the needle, and then, literally, punched through the ground material (usually a slightly open weave sacking of some kind).

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 5th July 2016).


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