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Nothing says home quite so well as a rag rug on the floor, especially if you made it yourself. That's the reason that rag rugs have been made, used and loved for generations.


The rugs featured here are the genuine article. These rugs were originally created out of necessity, with limited supplies and only the simplest tools. Unless your family has been rolling in money for generations, you can bet that you have a (great- or great-great-) grandmother or grandfather that made rag rugs of some variety. Rug making has always been practiced by both men and women. In some families, it was only the men who were the rug makers.

But beyond the basic techniques, traditional rugs can be showcases for design and craftsmanship, which are an asset to any home. Plus, they are a wonderful way to connect with the past and continue a family tradition. As part of our mission, we are happy to identify an old family rug for you and point you to the directions to make it.

 
The Rugmaker's Homestead is a goldmine of information about traditional rag rugs--and the only place you can find any information on many of the lost methods of making rugs. Most people are surprised to learn that there are hundreds of ways of turning rags into rugs. Here, at Rafter-four Designs, we are working toward preserving the traditional rug making techniques which have fallen by the wayside. We believe that the best way to preserve a folk art is to teach folks how to do it with modern, reliable directions
 
If you're intrigued by the idea of traditional rag rugs, the Rugmaker's Homestead has articles, letters, historical references and free patterns and directions to get you started. Our most popular feature is the Rag Rugs Tour, with 31 differeyright Rafter-four Designs