Braided rugs are made from braids of yarn or fabric which are coiled and then sewn together into mostly oval shaped rugs. Braided rug handcrafting started in New England in the early 1700's and spread across the US as settlers moved west. Braided rugs became popular with the early settlers in America, largely due to the fact that frontier cabins were roughly built, and floors had many cracks. Braided rugs would be used to hide these cracks, and settlers used floor coverings as a matter of necessity during cold winter days and nights.
Braided rugs have been in existence for thousands of years, and new and innovative applications continue to be introduced. There are many types of braiding equipment, but only a few are used in home accent products. Each type creates a special texture that can result in very unique and beautiful home products. Home decorators are discovering the versatility, which combine traditional craftsmanship with the latest trends in home fashion.
There are three main types of braided rugs: cloth braids, yarn braids, and tube braids.
Cloth braided rugs are your highest quality braided rugs. They are made with strips of cloth that are sewn together and then braided. The finished braids of cloth are then sewn together.
Cloth braided rugs resist fuzzing and pilling much more than other styles of braided rugs. But because cloth costs more than yarn, they are also the most expensive.
Since the closure of the Thorndike Mills we have not had a source of true wool cloth braided rugs. However, Capel makes a beautiful braid made from woven yarn that is just lovely and which captures the look and spirit of a cloth braid.
Yarn braids are braided from yarn. Cloth is more durable than yarn, as it resists fuzzing and pilling. That having been said, yarn braids are still the most popular braided rug today because they are more affordable than cloth braids. You can often replace a yarn braid one or two times for the same money as a cloth braided rug.
The third main type of braid is called a tube braid. Tube braids are made by sewing together tubes of loose woven material in concentric ovals (or squares). They are technically not braided, but look like one when glanced casually. Tube braids are the cheapest braid you can buy. Their main criticism is poor appearance.
Braided rugs are very durable. The variation of colors is perfect for hiding soil and traffic patterns. The random changes are superb at hiding small stains too. It's not that braids don't get dirty or stained. They do, but they just don't show it. They are like magicians that are great at hiding what's right in front of you.
Braided rugs are very durable. However, they are most vulnerable to coming apart at the stitching, so all braided rugs should be placed over a non-slip pad (even large braids). A non-slip pad reduces strain on the stitching, and greatly extends the life of your braided rug. All braided rug manufacturers require the use of a non-slip pad to validate stitching warranties.
As a braided rugs manufacturer, Hometeriors provides braided rugs with best quality and low wholesale price to dealers and distributors. Please feel free to contact us to get free quote of braided rugs or custom braided rugs from us at any time!