Rug, Rag

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A rectangular woollen rag rug with a sacking base. The grey, green and pink design features a circle inside a diamond shape which radiates out to triangle shapes in the corners. It has a grey border about 6cm wide.
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Scrimping, saving and recycling was a way of life in Taranaki long before the days of eco-chic.This mentality can be clearly seen in the construction of this rag rug, which is made using small woollen rags. Each rag has been carefully hand hooked through a sacking base to create a decorative, hardy and useful item.

Dating rag rugs is a problematic exercise as materials used could span several decades but it is thought this one may date from the 1930s. Puke Ariki cares for a significant collection of these rugs which graced homes in the province for many years.
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