The rag rug has been a staple in Scandinavians homes for over a century. They have traditionally been used to add warmth, texture and comfort to wooden floors in cottages and country homes. Made from recycled leftover fabric and cloth, the rugs are woven, making this an ecofriendly and economic production.
Although it could be assumed that these rugs were originally made in perhaps less wealthy homes, they were in fact initially popular in the more prestigious homes of Sweden. They were used decoratively at social events held in people’s homes. Farmhouses would not have these rugs until later on, as the less wealthy would have wanted to use leftover cloth for items more necessary such as clothing. It was not until the late 1800s that rag rugs spread across Scandinavia into all different types of households (particularly to prevent drafts in harsh winter climates). Housewives would make the rugs with their children, thereby passing on the skills to the next generation.
Rag rugs tend to differ in terms of colour and are recognisable by their stripes of different nuances. As they are made from different cloths, each rug is truly individual. Powder color was introduced in the late 1800s in order to make the colour appear more vibrant. However, the powder was not particularly durable and it would quickly fade. Today dye is used to alter the colour, although many prefer the authenticity of using the recycled cloth in its original state as this allows for a more unique finish.
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