Currently viable crafts


Rag rugging


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.


Status Currently viable
Craft category Textiles
Historic area of significance UK
Area currently practised UK
Origin in the UK
Current no. of professionals (main income)
Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
Current no. of trainees
Current total no. serious amateur makers
Current total no. of leisure makers
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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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  • M.F. Hemeon Collection (MERL 74/131 and MERL Archives D79/31), Museum of English Rural Life