Carpet Bag Review

By | October 25, 2018

 

Travel Carpet Bag

 

Price: £39.99

Overall Ranking: 9 out of 10
Brand of bags: Signare
Owners: Handbag Queen
Website: Amazon

 


INTRODUCTION

My intention is to leave you with a review of the Carpet Bag to help you as a traveller. I know how daunting it can be to get all the luggage and travel bag information you are looking for in one place like I have done here on this site. I believe the more informed you are about the broad range of travel bags out there, the better-informed decisions you are able to make.

 

Product Description


Size: 22″ (57cm) W, 11.8″ (30cm) H, 10.6″ (29cm) D

 

Product Type: Signare 22″ 45L (LARGE) ladies holdall bag/travel bag/weekend bag/cabin hand luggage/ Morning Garden.

Features: Sturdy tapestry material, Zip fastener on top, inner zip pocket, 2 sturdy faux leather handles and reinforced base.

 


What is A Carpet Bag?

A carpet bag is a travelling 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. Some modern versions serve as handbags or purses.

 


PROS

I have come across reviews left by customers after buying and using the carpet bag in the picture below.

 

This is what people said.

 

(1) The Carpet Bag is quite handy, well-designed and suitable for international travel, travelling by air. It is perfect for day trips, business travel, weekend getaways, shopping, professional office work and other outdoor activities.

 


(2) A customer who used the bag as a hospital bag after going into labour said the bag was able to fit all her stuff. Also, other people who had used the carpet bag as a Hospital bag said it had aesthetic and robust material. When it is empty, the carpet bag folds and goes flat. So, it doesn’t take up valuable storage space. Being made of carpet material, this bag is durable to withstand wear and tear.

 


CONS

The only issue with the Carpet Bag is that it keeps folding by itself. So, it gets difficult to pack. It doesn’t have any pockets or sections, so it is tricky to find things once you have packed.

 


For over-packers, the bag may not hold too many things, definitely not enough for 2-night hospital stays. However, it does comply with the usual dimensions for overnight bags. Due to the bag’s type of material (which does not easily give in) your space is limited to the exact bag dimensions. People find it impossible to squeeze anything extra and would love this bag in same dimensions but having more height than length.

 


A friend of mine who bought this bag said the zip is not long enough to open the bag wide enough to allow easy packing.

 

The quality of this product is very good and the only disappointment is its colour. The background colour is a lot darker than the one shown in the picture.

 


WHO IT IS FOR

The Carpet Bag in the picture is a Large Ladies Holdall bag and can be used in many ways as a travel bag, weekend bag, cabin hand luggage and Morning Garden bag.

 

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        Signare Ladies holdall by Queen


THE HISTORY OF THE CARPET BAG

In today’s modern day the carpet bag represents a piece of the vintage style. Its history is connected to the US Civil War but today the meaning has a place in your personal vintage collection.

 


Technically, a carpet bag is made strictly from the carpet material. Needlepoint are hand stitched designs using carpet as the base of the bag’s frame, but not entirely made from carpet and in comparison, much more intricately designed. Everything was made by hand since it wasn’t until the Post World War II when factories became stomping grounds for style production.

 


What is the Carpet Bag’s Origin?

1800 – The true origin of the carpet bag rests in travel itself because the bag was not invented for the style. Instead, it was for practical and for its necessary use during the 1800s.

 


The 19th Century Period

In the 19th century, many families spend considerable time travelling, moving around the United States in search of fresh land and greener pastures. The carpet bag was invented by local Dry Goods Stores for travelling families to have a practical piece of luggage to carry all their possessions. Hence, Carpet bags of that era were built to last explaining why carpet material was chosen.

 


(1) It was less expensive than leather and if constructed carefully the bag would last a lifetime.

 

(2) Carpet material was preferred. In homes, carpets were popular and the “remainder” pieces were easily bought to use for the construction of carpet bags. A sustainable invention that used remnants of materials which otherwise would have gone unused.

 


THE 1920s – 1950s 

The Carpet Bag’s general styles have evolved over the years. The handbag style most popular between 19the 20s – 1950s was a carpet bag with handles and made from leather, chains and Lucite- glass-like plastic material.

During the 19th century, carpet factories came up with a brilliant way of making use of carpet remnants. Some factories sold these remnants to luggage companies while other carpet companies manufactured their own bags.

 


After the Second World war, all fashions were determined by trends instead of functional practicality. Unique shapes were invented and a return to handmade needlepoint designs returned and was available for consumer consumption once again.

 


THE 1960s, 1964 Carpet Bag

A popular carpet bag brand of the mid-1960s known as “the California Carpetbagger was invented by Jerry Terrence. The Original Carpet Bag company encouraged the use of brand new carpet material.

 


Jerry Terrence had no knowledge of the fashion industry but contracted the sturdy hardware portion of the purses to a friend in the tool-and-die industry. What Terrence was familiar with is the material for purses’ fabric—carpeting. Using his expertise, he custom-created popular 1960s colours to match the preference of mature women that were his main audience in those days.

 

This marked the beginning of the line of bold, unique, well-constructed purses bearing the Original Jerry Terrence Carpet Bag label, which women enthusiastically bought for a retail price of about $8.99 each.

 


An apt description of the style of carpet bags in the 1960s is fun, funky and floral. Using carpet material for the manufacture of purses also broadened creative texture experimentations.

 


The Carpet Bag Style In The 1970s: there were still floral carpetbags, the general style flavour of the day leaned toward ethnic designs and darker colours.

 


Over the years Persian Carpet Bags were being manufactured from Persian carpet. For example, the Turkish Overnight Luggage Bag vintage travel in style type of bag. It’s a very large, hefty overnight bag constructed from 100% wool Turkish kilim woven rug pieces.

 


The style of the carpet bag in the 1980s, a period of creativity and experimentation, bags were designed in unique shapes including purses.

 


CARPET BAGS GONE ETHNIC

Several ethnic minorities have maintained separate traditions and this includes specialized bags and bolstered covers. Ethnic bags were most certainly designed with love and personal creative investment in mind, versus an eye flattering floral design representing little.

 


Cultural impact

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

 


Mary Poppins, a fictional character arrived clutching her magical carpetbag, a motif in the children’s novels and in the famous 1964 film.

 

The Magic Bag of Tricks in the Felix the Cat cartoons resembles a carpetbag.

 


The Final Verdict

A Carpet Bag is a carry-it-all type of travel bag. It is a style of luggage in the form of tapestry bags, purses and needlepoint and bags/purses.

 

Why People Love them? Wearing a carpet bag is not something that will go unnoticed. You keep getting admiring glances and comments.

 

Some carpet bags have the sky short pile and handles and straps made of leather. Nowadays you can find the bags made from a combination of machine and hand stitching lined with vintage style fabric plus 2 internal pockets, a hard base which is protected by brass studs on the bottom of the bag.

 

Modern examples of the Carpet Bag include the Jerry Terrence: The Original Carpet Bag.



 

 

 

If you have any questions related to the carpet bag please leave them below. I will get back to them as soon as I can.

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12 thoughts on “Carpet Bag Review

  1. Diane

    Hi – thanks for sharing this review. I love the style and colour of this carpet bag, but I can’t believe it doesn’t have any pockets! That doesn’t make it ideal for travelling, as a lot of airlines nowadays only allow one bag into the cabin, and I don’t want to be trying to find my passport at the bottom of the bag! All the best, Diane  

    Reply
    1. Femia Post author

      Hello, Diane, first of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my post and leave some comments.
      I’m glad you found my article informative.
      The Carpet Bag is one of those bags people would want to buy just to make a style statement or use as a tote bag.
      Etsty is an online market that sells Carpet Bags, some with pockets.

      Reply
  2. andrejs

    Thanks, Femia for the great review of carpet bags. I always liked such bags, though I didn’t know they were called Carpet Bags. It’s mostly for women, but it’s probably you can find a design that men can use. Since the material is relatively thick, I think these bags are really durable and prices, as I see on Amazon, is affordable.

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    1. Femia Post author

      Hello, many thanks for taking the time to read my “Carpet Bag Review’ and leaving some invaluable comments.
      I’m glad you found my post informative.
       
      I love the vintage carpet bags just to make a style statement. Nowadays is trending to buy vintage classics which are a great investment. It wouldn’t be a surprise that bags made for many years, like the Carpetbag, will go up in price 10% every year. 

      Reply
  3. Seun Afotanju

    Aside been a blogger I happen to also be a fashion designer the travel carpet bag is a good invention for travelers to make packing easy though it was made in the 19th century I still come across them till date, I even get few requests for these bags, thanks for the review on this carpet bags but I want to know if you have an idea where I can order this bags online I am really interested in them.

    Reply
    1. Femia Post author

      Hello Seu, many thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my article.

      I’m pleased to know that you found this article interesting. The Carpet Bag has a long history
      and has been reinvented to suit modern day trends.

      If you want to order the bags try Amazon including Etsy. Etsy is a global marketplace for unique and creative goods. There you can find a lot of special, extraordinary uniquely handcrafted items. Etys is an online platform so you can place an order from wherever you are.

      Reply
  4. dahay

    Hi Femia,

    I am happy to learn more about the history of carpet handbags. It looks very fashionable to have it with you.

    I would like to know more about if I can use it in an aeroplane and if it can hold fragile things as well. Because u have written it is suitable to travel by air. 

    Do u mean as a hand-Luggage? I want to know if it strong enough to use for other things.

    And what about different models, sizes and colours? Can I choose or is it only one model, one colour and one size?

    I would be happy to hear from u.

    Thanks a lot for the information,

    Dahay

    Reply
    1. Femia Post author

      Hello, Dahay, thanks so much for the time to read my post,’ Carpet Bag Review’ and for leaving some comments.

      You can use the Carpet Bag as a carryon bag or hand luggage you take on board while travelling by air. 
      However, there is no way you are allowed to bring breakables through security at any airport.

      If you click the bag in the picture it will take you to Amazon where you can choose different styles, sizes and colours. In addition, you can also shop at Etsy, an online market.

      Reply
  5. Lady Esther

    Good day,

    Thank you for writing such a detailed review on this carpet bag.  It was very enjoyable to read and the pic was interesting since I thought carpet gab were a different shape. I do a lot of traveling and visiting many family and friends throughout the USA and in other countries.  I can certainly use this for an overnight bag for my relatives that leave near me.  I don’t think it would work for my travidays because sometimes I stay for 15 to 25 days, when I travel.  But I did like the look of it.

    Sometimes you don’t need a bag that is functional but a very nice looking bag and I think this one give that impression and can function for a very short stay.

    I remember the magic bag from Felix the Cat, I enjoy that cartoon when I was young.

    Thank you very best,

    LadyEsther 

    Reply
    1. Femia Post author

      Hello, thank you for taking the time to read my article, ‘Carpet Bag review” and sharing your experiences.
      I’m glad to hear it was an enjoyable read.
      I agree with you the carpet bag is not suitable for all occasions except to travel in style.
      Personally, I would buy the vintage ones for reselling at auctions. 

      Reply
  6. Chrissie Spurgeon

    I was really interested  to read the history of the carpetbag. Like you, I always associate it with Mary Poppins, though I think it unlikely that any other carpetbag could hold all the things that were in hers!!!

    They are very attractive, and I like the ethnic style of them, but I don’t think I would want to use one for travel because of the lack of pockets! But it is the kind of thing that is nice just to have, isn’t it.

    I have a friend who imports Moroccan items, and he has a selection of carpet bags, amongst other things.

    Thank you so much for your post.

    Chrissie 🙂

    Reply
    1. Femia Post author

      Hi,  Chrissie, thanks so much for the time to read my  post, ‘Carpet Bag Review,’ and for leaving invaluable comments.

      I also find the history behind the Carpet Bag fascinating. How the bag has evolved from humble beginnings into vintage bags. Today, some of the products  have graced the shelves of Harrods and Liberty of London. 

      I have come across beautiful  Embroidered Moroccan Carpet Bags on Etsy website.
      Etsy us a strategic platform for connecting. A place where you get everything, ‘ handcrafted, vintage, custom or unique.’

      Once again, many thanks for stopping by.

      Reply

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