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Braided Wool Rugs a Timeless Tradition

Wool Banded Area RugWithout a doubt, the Braided Area Rug is the single most popular style of area rug in North America and maybe the world. You could pick a dozen homes at random throughout the United States and Canada, and expect to find a braided wool rug in at least half of them, if not more.

For millions, these braided rugs have come to symbolize warmth, comfort, and home, so it isn’t surprising to know how many of these rugs are sold each and every year. Online shopping for braided wool rugs is fast becoming the primary way people shop for these beautiful items, but you have to know what to look for first.

What is a braided wool rug?

Braiding a rug is still the most common rug-making technique used in the United States.

You begin with several strips of wool, although synthetic fabrics are sometimes used as well, and you fold over the edges in what will become the middle of the rug.

You begin the braiding process and then continue to add additional pieces of wool as you go on.

In general, the length of the pieces of fabric you start with will determine the length of the rug itself. If you want a rug that measures out at two feet by four feet, you will need approximately two feet and two inches worth of fabric.

Braiding is often chosen as the rug-making technique of choice since braided rugs tend to be very durable, stain resistant, and extremely beautiful.

Benefits of a wool rug

Wool has been the fabric of choice for braided rugs for as long as anyone can really remember, although other fabrics are used in much of today’s modern rug-making.

First and foremost, wool is very soft to the touch and is quite comfortable to walk on, especially compared to a cold hardwood or cement floor.

Wool is also stain resistant, as any rug fabric needs to be. Since most area rugs are beaten or vigorously shaken to clean them, wool has proven to be able to stand up to the harshest punishment and the heaviest traffic.

What to look for when buying online

If you are thinking about purchasing a braided wool rug online, you should make a short checklist of things to look for before you go through with your purchase.

First, make sure the site you have chosen has full color pictures of all the rugs they sell. You need to have a clear, concise idea of what you are buying so if there is a problem, you can clearly point to the picture on the website.

You also need to make sure that the site you’ve chosen offers top quality customer service. The overwhelming majority of online purchases go off without a hitch, but once in a while, things can get mixed up and you need to know that there will be someone there to fix your order right away.

Try to go with sites that offer customer feedback so you know what a site’s reputation is before you start.

There are a number of reputable merchants online such as:
Home Decorators Collection

Here are some other styles that might interest you.

Everything You Need To Know About Oval Braided Rugs

braided-rug-carribean-bluePick any random home in America and chances are, you will find at least one oval braided rug under the roof.

The classic oval braided rug has become synonymous with hearth and home, and every year tens of thousands of them are sold throughout the United States.

The good news is that online shopping for oval braided rugs is far and away the most affordable way to go.

Let’s take a closer look at this often walked upon American icon and see if we can save some money while we’re at it.

What is an oval braided rug?

Making an oval braided rug from scratch isn’t that different than braiding hair, although you would need Rapunzel to end up with the same kind of length you would get from an area rug.

To make one of these rugs, you will need to start with at least three long strips of fabric. You then fold the edges and begin the braiding process.

While braided rugs come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, the classic oval shaped braided rug is far and away the most popular.

According to a rug-making expert, when you begin to braid an oval rug, you need to be sure that the center braid is at least one inch longer than the final width and length in feet. For example, a two foot by four foot rug would have to be two feet, two inches long.

Braided rugs can come in just about any size, but the larger ones can be a bit heavy and a bit tough to move around during cleaning times.

Buying tips

If you are a lover of oval braided rugs, chances are, you have bought more than one from your local furniture or flooring store, but what about buying tips for online shopping?

Essentially, the same rules apply for online shopping, with a few changes. You need to make sure that the online store you have chosen has a good return policy just in case there is a mix up with your order, and you should also go with a highly rated online retailer who has demonstrated a commitment to quality customer service.

Ask around and see if any of your friends have bought oval braided rugs online and see which seller they chose.

If you have any questions, email the retailer. The promptness and quality of the response can help you determine if this is the right retailer for you.

Also, stick to brand names when you first shop with an online retailer; that way, you won’t have to worry about buying an inferior product.

What materials are used?

Traditionally, oval braided rugs are made from high quality wool, but in recent years, more and more synthetic materials have been making their way into rug-making. The theory is that the synthetic material is not only less expensive, but it can often be more stain resistant, too.

Many online retailers have oval braided rugs made out of a whole host of materials, so be sure you check before you buy.

Outdoor Carpets and Area Rugs

braided-navy-oval-rugSpruce up your outdoor patio or outdoor living area with an outdoor carpet

Outdoor carpet is a great way of completely changing the look and feel of an outdoor area. Outdoor area rugs are perfect for patios, pool areas and children’s play areas or any outdoor area where the soft feel of carpet is needed under your feet.

Outdoor rugs are a simple and affordable way of covering hard concrete areas and the look of an outdoor rug can completely transform a drab and colorless area.

When shopping for carpet for an outside living area, ensure that the carpet or rug is specifically made for the outdoors. In other words, it should resist the sun’s rays to prevent fading and resist moisture to reduce the build up of mold. Polypropylene is one of the materials used in outdoor carpets and rugs because of its durability.

Outdoor carpet should also be easily washed either by being hosed down or if you have an outdoor area rug then it should be hand or machine-washable.

Braided rugs are particularly attractive in an outdoor area and look particularly good under a patio table. Ensure that if you purchase a braided rug that it is specifically made for the outdoors as it will deteriorate very quickly. Outdoor rugs are cost effective and have the added advantage of being easily relocated if required.

Traditional and Contemporary Braided Rag Rugs

braided-rag-rug-triple-star-rugTraditional and contemporary braided rag rugs

Braided rag rugs are hand or machine manufactured from a variety of fabrics and woven to form beautiful designs to suit a wide variety of decors. Although they are particularly suited to a home with a country theme, braided rugs are versatile enough to use in any home and in any room of the house.

 Braided area rugs were traditionally hand woven in round or oval shapes however, the popularity of these rag rugs has resulted in a wide range of shapes including octagonal and square.

Outdoor rag rugs are becoming more and more popular. Suited to patios and pool areas these area rugs not only provide a stylish look to your outdoor area but also offer a soft surface to walk on. A round outdoor braided rug is particularly attractive under a patio setting.

Many braided rag rugs are machine or hand washable making them ideal for a children’s room or play area. Braided kids area rugs made from nylon or polypropylene are durable and are easy to keep clean and your kids will love the bright designs.

Create Warmth With a Braided Rug

Have you ever seen an old-fashioned braided rug? If so, then you know that their character alone is enough to make you feel warm and cozy! Invented back in the days when store-bought rugs simply weren’t an option, braided rugs became a standard in farmhouses everywhere.

But nowadays, braided rugs have made a come-back as people are trying to re-create that warmth and feel of an old farmhouse.

These great rugs are generally made in three shapes, ovals (the most popular), circles and squares. In addition, they are usually made with certain color patterns. For example, a blue and white oval braided rug is a common sight.

Where do you use braided rugs
You could place a circular braided rug under an old wooden dining room table and create a country farmhouse look, or place a smaller oval rug in front of a fireplace. In addition, can you imagine a large square braided rug done in soft pastel colors in a baby’s room? Wouldn’t it look comforting and quaint?

oval-cotton-braided-runnerBraided rugs look great on just about any floor surface, but they look best on hardwood floors or tiled floors. You should look for one that has a darker color near the middle, and then goes from dark to light until it ends in the darker color. (The outer areas get the most traffic, and a darker color will wear better.)

Another great feature of these rugs is that, unlike many other area rugs, they won’t curl up at the edges. These rugs are made of heavy-duty materials, but are made in such a way that they will lay flat and low to the ground.

So, if you are looking for just that perfect accent to add warmth and a bit of character to your room’s décor, maybe you should consider a braided rug!