The making of rugs using old fabrics pulled through a backing fabric and knotted in place. The type of rug produced is known by various names, including ‘rag’, ‘thrift’, ‘proddie’, ‘peggie’, ‘hooky’, ‘proggy’, ‘clippy’ and ‘bodgy’ rug.
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The tradition or making ‘rag’ or ‘thrift’ rugs became widespread during the Industrial Revolution in the nineteenth century. However by the 1920s the craft was dying out except in areas of poverty or where tradition had a stronger hold. The necessity for thrift during World War II brought a brief revival, but it did not last long.
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Craftspeople currently known
- M.F. Hemeon Collection (MERL 74/131 and MERL Archives D79/31), Museum of English Rural Life