Fans of country style home decorating have helped to drive the renewed popularity in braided rugs.
Long a staple in many homes, area rugs of all types were largely displaced by the almost ubiquitous use of wall to wall carpeting. More and more homeowners are opting for hardwood and other types of floor coverings. This change in home decorating preferences has sparked the renewed popularity of area rugs and braided rugs in particular.
Braided rugs are most often seen in two basic shapes, round and oval.
It is not uncommon to see other shapes such as hearts or even squares. Square braided rug will most often be made from flat braids that are easier to sew over at the corners. Braided floor runners are also popular. Not limited to just rugs, fabric braids can be seen in other home decor applications such as chair pads and place mats.
With proper care, a quality braided rug can last for many years. Of course, the emphasis is on quality. Braided rugs of a poor quality can be found at some discount retail outlets. Mass produced without regard to the use of quality materials and proper technique, a bargain rug may not be such a bargain.
Even well made braids that are loosely stitched together will eventually fall apart. Make sure that the braids are stitched tightly together and that the rug should lays flat without any visible bulges or puckers.
Fabric choices vary from traditional wool to wool blends and polyesters. Most modern braided rugs are washable and should be able to withstand the same cleaning methods as quality carpet. Since braided rugs are reversible, they have an advantage over other types of area rugs. Flipping the rug occasionally will help to prevent premature wear.