Rag rugs or rag mats are hard wearing rugs made out of rags cut into strips and pushed or pulled through a hessian backing.
There are two kinds of mat, known in the North East as hooky and proggy mats.
Hooky mats are made with the right side of the mat facing, pulling through long strips of material with a hook.
Proggy mats are made with the wrong side of the mat facing and short bits of fabric are prodded through, leaving a thick rug.
These rag mats were a common sight in working-class homes in the North East of England until the mid-20th Century. (source – Rag rug history)
Made from old sacks and recycled fabric they were an economical option to keep feet warm and toasty in an era before fitted carpets were the norm.
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