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Recreation – Rug Making Tool

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This tool helped to pull the strips of fabric through the hessian backing when making a rag rug.

Tools like this were used to press small strips of material through a backing to create loops.  The loops could be left or tied and cut. This kind of rug making is usually described as “hooking” or “tufting.”

There is debate about the origins of hooked/tufted rugs.  Some say it emerged in Britain as a way of using scrap yarns from the textile mills.  Others have suggested that it was brought to Scotland by the Vikings.