Braided rugs are a lovely addition to any home, giving it a sense of traditional style and warmth.
There are many traditional types of braided rugs. These include:
1 - Standard braids
- this is the typical type used in hair
2 - Flat braids
- used in rugs a lot, becomes wider with more strands
3 - Right hand braids
4 - Plaits
5 - False braids
6 - Square or round braids
7 - Ladder braids
- in this one, one strand doesn't move - it stays in the center
Braided rag rugs have been popular in the US since the 1800's. Many early ones were made from
old clothes. During the depression an interest in braided rugs reappeared.
Braided rugs are not only beautiful, but practical. They are very durable and can be used on
hardwood floors, linoleum, tile or on wall to wall carpet. They are especially usely where the
foot traffic in your house is greatest. In this way, they can help protect and help your carpet
or hardwood floor.
Braided rugs typically come in many different colors and sizes. Some are made from blends with cotton,
others are one hundred percent polypropylene - which are durable and resistant to mildew.
In addition to braided rugs, the other types of traditional rugs are hooked rugs and rugs woven on looms.
See the rest of the Rug Decorating Guide series of articles to learn all you ever wanted to know about rugs (and more)!
Natural fiber rugs,
Bear, zebra and other animal skin rugs,
Rugs for specials needs and special rooms,
and Kilim rugs.