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More Braided Rugs Less Carpet

Nov 29, 2007
Prior to World War II many American homes featured wood and other types of hard surface flooring and area rugs where used as room accents. During the home building boom that followed the end of the war, the use of wall to wall carpeting became very wide spread. Until recently, over seventy percent of American homes had wall to wall carpeting. Area rugs are seeing a renewed popularity and this includes braided area rugs.

Given the cost of replacement, the need to clean it routinely and possible adverse effects on indoor air quality, many homeowners have made a switch back to hard surface flooring. Hard surface flooring like wood and composite materials are much easier to keep clean and sanitary. This is especially important for homeowners who have problems with allergies and other respiratory conditions.

While carpeting can add warmth and comfort to a living space, maintaining the appearance and cleanliness of wall to wall carpet can be difficult over time. Uneven wear patterns, the accumulation of dirt and breakdown of padding materials can make your carpeting look very old well before its time. Ground in dirt and critters like dust mites can be nearly impossible to remove from deep in the carpet.

Some studies suggest that carpet has a wear life of anywhere from three to five years. So given the amount of carpet in service and the need to clean it, perhaps twice a year that translates into a substantial amount of labor and, perhaps more importantly millions of gallons of chemicals and water. This can have a enormous impact on the environment.

Concerned about the potential for increased indoor air pollution, many folks are taking a green approach to their living spaces, choosing carpet fabrics that emit fewer volatile organic compounds or VOCs and have a higher content of recycled fabric materials. Carpeting needs to be replaced periodically and old carpeting often ends up in the landfill, not to mention the cost of replacement.

With the movement toward hard surface flooring has come a greater demand for various styles of area rugs. A traditional favorite in area rug styles is the classic braided rug. Braided rugs have had a place in a variety of home decorating plans, from shabby chic, to Early American and country cottage looks.

One of the more unique and beautiful characteristics of braided rugs is color. Makers of early braided rugs might have used whatever fabric or yarn was at hand. The result was a blend or variegation of many colors, often resulting in random patterns. The variegation in color made every rug unique much like patchwork quilts which did not rely on any particular pattern. Variegated rug patterns are perennial favorites among those folks prefer a very traditional look.

Quality braided rugs are easy to care for and just last a very long time with proper cleaning. Unlike woven area rugs, braided rugs can be turned over. Since you are able to reverse the rug, the wear will be more even and this will further extend the life of the rug.

Depending on the type of weave and materials used to make your braided rug, the rug can help to reduce the wear and tear on wood and other types of hard surface flooring. Braided area rugs can be made from renewable fiber materials like bamboo, jute and hemp. These fast growing renewable fiber sources are environmentally friendly and can be grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides.
About the Author
Mitch Endick is a short article writer for the popular braided rug web site: http://www.braidedrugsale.com. He provides informative advice on purchasing quality braided rugs.
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