The fictional nanny Mary Poppins has been capturing imaginations ever since the publication of the original children’s books in the 1930s – and especially the 1964 Disney film – and one of the many ways in which she has enchanted us is with her trusty magical carpet bag.

It may have never appeared to you that there could be a company out there specialising in producing Mary Poppins carpet bags, but, well... here we are!

A little more about the story of the carpet bag 

Of course, the carpet bag didn’t come into being with Mary Poppins. This type of travelling bag made from carpet, often an oriental rug, was a popular form of luggage in Europe and the United States in the 19th century, not least as it was light enough for a passenger to carry, as opposed to the metal or wooden trunks that had to be carried by porters.

In today’s very different world, there’s something about the implied self-sufficiency and charm of the carpet bag that continues to appeal to us.

While carpet bags may no longer be generally made from oriental rugs, there’s no question of the incredible diversity of unique handmade carpet bag designs now available, encompassing clutch bags, shoulder bags, tote bags, satchels, rucksacks and so many more.

So, what about our company?

We have risen to the status of one of the leading UK-based designers of handmade carpet bags on the basis of our commitment to the highest standards of British design and craftsmanship. We’ve been continually refining and redefining what a carpet bag can be since 1974, so if it’s both traditional and contemporary Mary Poppins carpet bags that you’re interested in, you’ve come to the right place!

Ever since our founder and first owner, Loretta, established the company near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, we have been showing just what is possible with Mary Poppins carpet bags.

We are especially well-known for our Cosmic bag that was first designed and handmade by Loretta back when our company was first established, and which remains one of our best-selling and most loved products today. But we are also constantly coming up with new, interesting and effortlessly stylish designs that show just how useful and valuable carpet bags can be in the 21st century... whether or not you aspire to the ‘Mary Poppins’ aesthetic!

Simply browse our store now, keep an eye out for our latest special offers or even sign up for our newsletter – we’re sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you find here at Carpet Bags.