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.
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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.
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
Craftspeople currently known
God’s Own Rugs (Pippa Elliott) – based in Sheffield
Anna Martin – based in Norwich
Helen Yardley – workshop based in Yorkshire
Firth Carpets – some UK manufacture
Concept Hand Tufting – some UK manufacture
Rug wool in the UK comes from the mill end yarns from the carpet industry.