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Posted 4 years ago


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These are some of the vintage carpet/tapestry handbags in my collection. I have a soft spot for carpet bags, not sure why though!

Wiki describes carpets bags as such:

A carpet bag is a traveling bag made of carpet, commonly from an oriental rug, ranging in size from a small purse to a large duffel bag.

Such bags were popular in the United States and Europe during the 19th century. They are still made to this day, typically as women's decorative small luggage and purses, although typically no longer out of old carpets.

The carpetbaggers of the Reconstruction era following the American Civil War were given their name from this type of luggage which they carried.

From the Scientific American Supplement, No. 561, October 2, 1886 "The old-fashioned carpet bag (Fig. 1) is still unsurpassed by any, where rough wear is the principal thing to be studied. Such a bag, if constructed of good Brussels carpeting and unquestionable workmanship, will last a lifetime, provided always that a substantial frame is used."


  1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    very nice!!!! :)
  2. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 4 years ago
    I love the 3rd one the best...
  3. bobogal bobogal, 4 years ago
    Thanks Sean and DrFluffy! My personal fave is a brown one which is not here. I have to go find a photo.
  4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Your very welcome bobogal!!!
  5. kerry10456 kerry10456, 4 years ago
    Thanks bobogal for sharing the description of a "Carpet Bag", heard the term for years, but never thought to investigate, learned something new today, been a good day :-)
  6. bobogal bobogal, 4 years ago
    Thanks george, aghcollect, kerry and mike for loving my carpet bags! kerry, happy to have shared something, I learn lots from your posts :)
  7. bobogal bobogal, 4 years ago
    Aim, thanks for the appreciation.
  8. bobogal bobogal, 4 years ago
    pawsitrack, thanks for the love.

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