Broomstick Rugs

by Diana Blake Gray
Master Rugmaker

Broomstick rugs actually did use an old broom handle as the main tool. The technique is pretty basic, but the rugs remained undocumented until my Rugmaker’s Sampler in 1985 (now out of print, replaced by a bulletin).

The rugs typically use a fabric strip as a “warp” which is looped over the broom handle or dowel, then a second strip of fabric is draw through the loops. After the publication of the directions for these rugs, various crafty publications jumped on the bandwagon and put out directions for “broomstick weaving”. There is a significant difference with weaving and broomstick construction, and the warp used for woven rugs are difficult to work with, and the result is generally loose and impractical.

A broomstick rug in progress

The front appearance of a broomstick rug can be mistaken for weaving, but the reverse is quite different—appearing as rows of knots—so for identification be sure to examine both sides carefully.

Broomstick rug, front texture

Broomstick Rug, back texture

Publications in our catalog
Rugmakers Bulletin #3: Broomstick Rugs

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