Braided Rugs a Country Tradition
Braided rugs have a long history of providing warmth under foot in the US. These rugs were hand made by inventive artisans of the 1700′s. Homemakers braided floor covering from scraps of material that they had left over from other projects.
They also used scraps of material that came from clothing, bedding and even feed bags that would normally have been discarded. These rugs were made by hand and could take up to 6 months to make. Often women of the era would come together and work on one rug at a time to help each other.
They were simple floor coverings that evolved into an art over time. Braided rugs were made in a full array of shapes and sizes. Smaller sizes were used as chair pads to cushion hard wooden chairs and rockers. The smaller sizes were often used as trivets to hold hot pots and place mats to decorate tables.
The colors were muted because they were made from worn material, but it seemed to add to the charm of the rug.
These rugs have never gone out of style although today these rugs are rarely made by hand. They are made today out of a host of materials, including cotton, wool and synthetics. They are far more durable today then they were years ago.
Hardwood floors and other hard surfaces are also very popular today but they can lend a certain coldness to your home. Braided rugs perform tow functions in today’s homes. They warm things up both figuratively and literally and they are decorative.
Country décor almost mandatorily requires a braided rug or two to lend an authentic feel to the decorating in this theme. They add that decorative touch while being quite functional.
Those homemakers of old had the right idea when they created floor coverings. It is a great way to improve energy efficiency in your home. There is nothing worse then stepping out of bed on to a cold floor.
A durable braided rug placed next to your bedside is a nice way to wake up! Braided rugs allow the beauty of your hard surface floor to shine through but also keeps your floor warm which in turn helps you to keep your thermostat set lower.
These beautiful rugs are usable which makes a big difference in your home. Homespice offers Durable Braided Rugs which can withstand getting wet, repel mildew and mold and are tough without giving up any of their beauty.
You want floor covering that you can actually live with not floor covering that you have to coddle and avoid stepping on. The simple beauty that a braided rug is, is perfect for any home and can be incorporated into any style but works best with country, colonial, primitive and rustic interior styled homes.
Braided rugs from Homespice come in a full range of options and colors there is something to suit every design taste at Homespice.