Hello, pals, let me welcome you back to the work week with a reminder of America’s Carpet Cults of the 1970s. The “Rugger” movement was once huge, with groups of usually young people roaming the country in vans with scraps of holy carpet (and occasionally composite flooring), praising the humble selflessness of carpet as an ideal to be emulated. They’d be at airports, too, shoving books of carpet samples in people’s faces. It was a simpler time. 


Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1973 Reliant Scimitar, 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!)

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Carpet in a van you say?