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Carpet Style Bags

Carpet Style Bags

On this page:

1. Carpet Style Handbags and Overnight bags
2. Some History of Carpet Bags

Full details of each bag can be found alongside its images.
Please contact me if you have further questions about any of them.

1. Carpet Style Handbags and Overnight Bags

These bags are made on 12" metal carpet bag style frames which makes them very roomy inside for their size. The individual descriptions have more detail of these. All bags have stiffened bases and interlining that gives structure.

• Carpet style handbag in cotton linen-look fabric showing world map built on 12in carpet bag frame
• Accents such as base and top edge in contrasting dark brown cotton canvas
• Handles in brown pleather (synthetic leather)
• Two large internal pockets one zipped and the other elasticated
• Lining brown polka dot cotton fabric
• Rigid base protected by metal feet
• Measurements as follows (L and W taken from base)
   Length 31cm/12½ins - Width 12½cm/5in - Height 27cm/10½ins
   Length of handles each 61cm/24

Large carpet style bags which will hold overnight essentials with ease. These bags are created on large (16in) carpet bag frames. They have rigid bases and interlining to give structure. They are very roomy inside.

Bags are Scotchgard sprayed for added dirt protection.

• Outer bag in linen look cotton canvas showing print of New York street scenes and
yellow cab
• Bag lined in brown polka dot cotton
• Handles in brown pleather (synthetic leather)
• On one side of interior there's a zipped pocket on the other two slip-in pockets to keep items needed for easy access e.g. keys, passport, wallet etc.
• Rigid base with metal feet for protection
•  Length 40.5cm/16ins - Width 18cm/7ins - Height 35cm/13¾in
    Length of handles 57cm/22½ins each

• Overnight sized carpet style bag
• Brown cotton tapestry fabric showing African safari animals on 16in carpet bag frame
• Bag decorated with reproduction vintage hotel and travel labels on either side.
• Bag lined in blue-grey  polyester
• Internal zipped pocket to keep necessary smaller items to hand
• Handles made in brown pleather (synthetic leather)
• Rigid base protected with metal feet
• Length 40cm/16ins - Width 19cm/7½ins - Height 32cm/12½ins
  Length of each handle  58½cm/23ins

2. Some History of Carpet Bags - why are they so-called?

I have called the bags on this page "carpet style" because they are not actually made of carpet as is the case with true carpet bags.

Today bags in this style which are actually made of carpet - often beautiful silk rugs with Eastern style designs - can still be bought but they cost many times more than the bags here. But that wasn't always the case.

From the 1840s onwards in the United States, the creation of the railways made travel easier for ordinary folk, who looked for ways to carry a few belongings. Carpet bags were manufactured and sold to fulfil this need and just about everyone who travelled

The original carpetbags were practical items made to hold the belongings of people moving South at the end of the American Civil War where poverty offered many opportunities to those from the North. Nevertheless, as is often the case in small communities, these new arrivals were strangers and therefore not readily trusted. They were named "carpetbaggers" after the bags they brought with them.

The term "carpetbagger" is still used to mean someone who can't be trusted in business. In 1961 Harold Robbins published a blockbuster of the same name which was made into a film in 1964.

The use of a cavernous carpet bag by Mary Poppins gave them renewed popularity today.

More links to information about carpet bags can be found at Wikipaedia

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