The tapestry purse and the carpet bag

November 20, 2012

Yes, who doesn't love tapestry purse's or carpet bags? I certainly do! I find that these purses are lovely works of art. Many think of them as old lady bags, and it is true that the history of a tapestry purse has a long history. The carpet bag dates all the way back to the Civil war era and even before. Leather became scarce and luggage needed to be sturdy. Innovative bag makers used left overs of carpet and made bags out of it. Many had a beautiful pattern and the carpet bag was born.

Two civil war carpet bags.

Tapestry or needlework purses are represented in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. In the 1930s, the bags were small and created by hand and usually had a chain handle. The trend continued throughout the 1940s and 50s, usually with a floral pattern. Some have bakelite or lucite handles. Tapestry bags from the thirties till the fifties were machine made.

Tapestry purse advertisement from the forties.

When I was shopping with Club Interbellum in Amsterdam I bought myself a tapestry purse at Laura Dols. Tapestry purse's are known for there expensiveness, and mine wasn't cheap either. But it is a great pursuit and I love it to death, and I am definitly planning on buying more! 

My tapestry bag.

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