The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts


Carpet and rug tufting


The making of carpets/rugs by pushing loops of wool through a backing, either using a tufting tool or a tufting gun.


Status Data deficient
Craft category Textiles
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised UK
Origin in the UK
Minimum no. of craftspeople required
Current no. of trainees
Current no. of skilled craftspeople
Current total no. of craftspeople



Tufted carpets/rugs are made by pushing loops of wool through a backing using a tufting gun. A description of the process can be found here.




Local forms




Issues affecting the viability of the craft


Support organisations


Craftspeople currently known


Other information

Rug wool in the UK comes from the mill end yarns from the carpet industry.