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Americana Area Rug

Written by Anmy Leuthold
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Primarily, the Americana area rug was a utility for keeping chill off the floors. It was in a barren atmosphere of bitter cold, famine and Indian arrows that America's original rugs were made. Rugs were a means for a leisure escape for their makers, which is apparent from the many records of rug making as recreation. But the recreational aspect was merely a small facet of an occupation that was motivated by necessity.

An Americana area rug is no longer used as a recreational get away or for utility, but is purely used for its aesthetics. It serves as a means to decorate and beautify the home in a simple but chic way. It gives the household a charming, country look and feel that can settle into your heart and warm the soul, like a fire in a fireplace. Country living rugs are a way to warm not just the feet, but more importantly, they are a way to cozy the heart.

An Americana Area Rug for your Country Home

There are many different techniques to making Americana rugs. For hooked rugs, thin strips of outworn woolen or cotton fabric were hooked together to form a rug. For traditional braided area rugs, strips of outworn cloth were plaited together and then wound flat in a circle or oval. In patchwork rugs, snippets of cloth were sewed on homespun woolen material.

Favorite designs of early-American rugs included flowers, geometrical and abstract patterns, and pictorial scenes with landscapes and animals. They look best in most unpretentious rooms. Washable cotton rugs are used mostly in bedrooms and bathrooms; woolen rugs are best for downstairs rooms. Round and oval braided rugs and hooked rugs are the most common of the Americana rug.

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