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Mary Poppins Bags

The first things that come to mind when people talk about Carpet Bags is most probably Mary Poppins and Phileas Fogg so let’s start with a little bit of general history!

A carpet bag is a traveling bag made of carpet, commonly from an oriental rug. They were a popular form of luggage in the United States and Europe in the 19th century. The carpet bag was invented as a type of baggage light enough for a passenger to carry, like a duffel bag, as opposed to a wooden or metal trunk, which required the assistance of porters. Its use implied self-sufficiency: in Jules Verne's 1873 novel Around the World in Eighty Days, Phileas Fogg and Passepartout bring only a carpet bag as luggage, which holds a few items of clothing and a great deal of cash!

Carpet bags used to be made of Oriental rugs. Carpet was the chosen material because it was a popular domestic accent piece and the "remainder" pieces were easily bought. In a sense, the carpet bag was a sustainable invention because it used remnants of materials which otherwise would have gone unused.

The carpetbaggers of the Reconstruction Era following the American Civil War—Northerners who moved to the South for economic or political opportunity—were given their name from this type of luggage which they carried.

And last but not least the fictional nanny Mary Poppins arrived clutching her magical carpetbag. Ever since people all over the world have dreamt of owning their own traditional carpet bag!

Ram Inn

Our History

In 1974 we started our business near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, making our original and unique bags, all handmade from a fabulous range of the finest real carpet and tapestry fabric.

Read LORETTA’S STORY, Carpet Bags’ founder and first owner to find out more about how she went from designing and handcrafting a few bags made from old carpets for a local charity to running a successful international business of luxury and traditional bags and luggage!

Ram Inn

 There are no other accessories like our collection of unique handmade carpet bags which include a wide selection of handbags, soft luggage, overnight bags, totes, purses and more. Each bag is designed and expertly crafted by one of our artisans in our workshop, we are proud of our British Craftsmanship.

We ship around the world. We hold a number of our bags in stock ready for prompt dispatch (normally orders are sent out within a few days) but sometimes it takes longer if the item has to be made.

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