Sparks - the Blog of Interior Designer Schuyler Samperton

Rag Rugs!

Suddenly, rag rugs are looking very modern to me…

These hand-made pieces came to America through European immigrants, and were extremely popular in Colonial New England, as well as on the frontier.  Featuring an old school approach to recycling, the rugs were made of strips of worn clothing, bedding or other random textiles.

Every area has a different name for rag rugs – in England alone they’re called stobbie, tabbie, shaggy or proggie – WOW

These color combinations make me (and Tricky) swoon!

Go to East Meets West Antiques in Los Angeles, for the best selection!


  • January 16, 2013 - 5:01 am | Permalink

    Great blog Schuyler !!!!

  • January 16, 2013 - 10:20 am | Permalink

    I’ve used one in my beach house and suggested them for a few projects recently – they have a casual fresh charm. I think its the shape – its so active – in addition to the great colors!

  • January 16, 2013 - 3:00 pm | Permalink

    can’t put my finger where i’ve seen these before but i’m glad you’ve reminded me. very pretty!

  • January 18, 2013 - 2:52 am | Permalink

    LOve these rugs!

    Love this blog! Will go there; seems like a great source! Isn’t that a Hawaiian quilt in the background??

    Thank you!


  • January 18, 2013 - 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Tremendous. My thanks for writing that.

  • Diane
    January 22, 2013 - 5:00 pm | Permalink

    My grandmother made rugs. In New England they are called braided rugs. Very pretty!

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