Rag rug unrolled at Ilfracombe Museum

Joseph Bulmer

THE grand unrolling of the Ilfracombe Museum rag rug occurred on Thursday as the finished floor covering took pride of place in the Victorian kitchen exhibit.

Inspired by the promise of regular cakes and a dislike of draughty flagstones, a group of local ladies have been hard at work over the past few months to create the rug during weekly craft sessions.

The informal sessions under the guidance of co-ordinator Liz Howard saw the participants learn how to reproduce the Victorian art of rag rugging – a popular pastime before the advent of carpet showrooms!

“It sated as a drop in event during the last Victorian Week and as time went on became a regular weekly session,” explained Liz.

“In the old days they could not afford fitted carpets and so they made them from all sorts of rags and scraps of cloth.”

Now the group, which meets every Thursday from 10am-12 noon, is considering what they can create next to help benefit the museum. Anyone who wants to drop in and join them is very welcome, or call the museum on (01271) 863541 to find out more.