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Braided Area Rugs

Written by Anmy Leuthold
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In Colonial times, a popular form of the rag rug was the ever so charming floor decorations called the braided area rugs. It embodied and still exemplifies handicraft in its purest form, brought to high perfection with no mechanical device whatsoever. Bring a taste of simple purity into your home, and sample the Colonial flavor by purchasing braided area rugs.

The braided rug has no pictorial quality, such as the more famous hand hooked area rugs, and does not appeal to the imagination in the same way. It is made by cutting different color materials into narrow strips of a half inch or so, and plaiting it into flat braids, which are then formed into circular or oval rows. This produces a distinctive simple charm, unlike any other area rug there is.

Braided Area Rugs as a Practical and Aesthetic Purchase

A braided rug has much appeal because it has enjoyable, soft surfaces to walk on, it gives off a warm quality, due to the thickness of its braiding, and it is sturdy and durable. Sometimes considerable sentiment and story telling was involved in old braided rugs. A woman might use her husband's old army clothes and braid them into a rug as a keepsake.

Probably no art-craft more plainly exposes the courage, the privations, and the aspiration for attractive homelike atmospheres that stirred those hardy colonists than do these simple and unpretentious braided rugs do. For the most part, they were stitched lovingly and patientlv by the poor light of homemade candles and flickering fire places. Charm like this is a rare beauty that can fit in any country or city home.

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