December 15, 2022
Publish date: MARCH 9, 2021
While some credit the inundation of shaggy, graphic rugs to the popularity of the oddly satisfying TikTok videos that document their creation, rug tufting is by no means a new process—after all, humans have been making rugs since the fourth century B.C. While colorful yarn being shot into fabric at high speeds is certainly captivating to watch, the reason behind the resurgence is more about access than aesthetics. Only recently could consumers to get ahold of a common carpet-industry tool: the handheld electric tufting machine (otherwise known as the tufting gun). For that, you can thank Philadelphia-based artist and educator Tim Eads.
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