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Rag Rugs

Updated on August 17, 2014

Vintage Appeal and Charm

Rag Rugs have been around for centuries and therefore may elicit some kind of wonderful memory.

For me this memory is of my Grandmothers house. A small house filled with the most simplest of things, nothing fancy, and mostly what we call today vintage, which meant in those days, USED. These old and worn eclectic items transformed her home into the most warm, inviting place you would ever want to be.

Rag rugs cheerfully lined her floors which she made herself. And of course with old rags. Those old rag rugs were not always the most comfortable underfoot since they could be lumpy.

Rag rugs were constructed in a few ways but my grandmothers method was more like the Amish method which was kind of a knotting technique. Some other methods are crocheting, braiding and weaving. The rag rugs which are hand loomed on a weave are the ones I love today. They lay flat and are nice on your feet.

Rag rugs work in any room and are economical and good looking.  With an abundance of colors, shapes, and designs you really can't go wrong.

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Rag Rugs

by Extra Weave USA

Rejuvenate any room with these colorful rag rugs. Made from cotton and machine washable. Availiable in several sizes 2x3, 2.5x8, & 4x6.

Extra Weave USA Mardi Hand-woven Cotton Gras Rug

Extra Weave USA Handwoven Cotton Vintage Rug, 2' X 3'

Extra Weave USA Handwoven Cotton Mesa Rug, 2' X 3'

Extra Weave USA Handwoven Cotton Denim Rug, 2' X 3'

Amish Rag Rug Video

Extra Weave USA Mardi 2-Feet by 3-Feet Hand-woven ...
Extra Weave USA Mardi 2-Feet by 3-Feet Hand-woven ...

Toothbrush Rag Rugs

Did you ever hear of toothbrush rag rugs? Well this is an easy to diy rag rug using a modified toothbrush to help you pull the fabric through.

Upcycled Shabby Chic Handmade Round Rag rug ~ Crocheted eco-friendly cotton

Upcycled Handmade Round Rug ~ Braided eco-friendly cotton

New England Rag Rugs

Recycled Lobster Float-Ropes into Cool Doormats

These rag rugs are woven from the recycled Maine float-rope once used to secure lobster traps in the sea.

They are colorful and fun and whale-friendly. Due to the float-rope harming whales, fisherman now do not use float rope and have replaced it with sinking rope in order to protect the whales. The float rope is now recycled into these beautiful doormats.

Great Gift for anyone and very Eco-friendly.

Maine Float Rope Co. Doormat Aqua with Yellow Stripe - Muted - Medium (18" x 32")

Maine Float Rope Co. Doormat New England "Rag Rug" - Muted - Medium (18" x 32")

Maine Float Rope Co. Doormat New England "Rag Rug" - Bright - Large (24" x 36")

Maine Float Rope Co. - Recycled Float-Rope Doormat Purple with Yellow & Teal Stripes - Bright - Large (24" x 36")

Learn How to Make your own Rag Rug - Rag Rug Books

Rug Pads - Non Slip

Rug pads not only protect your floor but protect you by keeping your carpet from sliding around.

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      poutine 4 years ago

      My mom used to make rag rugs.

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @Nancy Hardin: Thanks so much for the blessing. I really appreciate it! I love rag rugs too! Have a wonderful day.

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @tfsherman lm: I am working on one now. A crocheted version using old t-shirts. I guess I should write a lens about it. My rug looks like it will be lumpy though. :( That is always my problem when I try to make them. I am hoping to learn weaving this spring than I can create really cool tight weaved rag rugs.

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      Johann The Dog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Mum loves rag rugs! They add so much color and fun to a room.

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      tfsherman lm 4 years ago

      I've always loved rag rugs, ever since Ma made one in the Little House on the Prairie books. Don't know if I'll ever make one though!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      My Mama made rag rugs with a crochet hook, but they had knots in them where she tied the new rag strip. But I loved those old rag rugs with all my heart and I still have a couple of them, which I no longer use, but have put away to cherish. I was thrilled to find this lens as it brought back fond memories of Mama crocheting those rugs. Thanks for sharing. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      scribenet lm 4 years ago

      I have a few rag rugs woven by my grandmother on a loom. I treasure them!