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Braided Rugs in Many Shapes and Sizes

Nov 29, 2007
The warmth and charm of country decor can be enhanced by adding braided area rugs to your home. From French country and shabby chic to a country cottage look, braided rugs are available in all shapes and sizes. Quality braided rugs are easy to care for and can last for many years.

There are many different braiding styles that be used to make a variety of different shapes. So when you are shopping online for quality braided rugs, remember that these classic rugs are available in a variety of weaves, colors, sizes and shapes.

Traditional braided area rugs are most often seen in round and oval shapes, but the selection does not stop there. Braided rugs can also be found in squares and as long braided runners. Heart shaped rugs are quaintly romantic and are very popular. The shape of the rug usually determines the type of braid that is used. A very popular shape for braided rugs is rectangular and made up of smaller squares closely resembling the beauty of a patchwork quilt.

Braided rag rugs do not use a center core unlike woven braids where yarn is spun around one or two center cores. A standard rag rug braid is typically made up of four braids. Flat rag braids can have anywhere from four to as many as twelve braids of cloth. The most common are flat or ribbon braids though round braids also used. Properly made flat and ribbon braids are often preferred over round braids. Some flat rag braids can be as wide as two inches.

Many less expensive, mass produced braided rugs can be found using a round braid. The braid is very often made up of four weaves of yarn wrapped around a solid center core. Regardless of the shape, the braids of cheap rugs will often wear through, exposing the center core. It does not make sense to invest your hard earned money in a rug that will survive everyday wear and tear.

Flat and ribbon braids are made differently. The yarn or cloth is braided around two center cores that run parallel. Holding the braid to a consistent weave is somewhat more difficult than weaving around a single center core. Flat braids are often seen used in unique swirl patterns that spiral out from the center. False braids, unlike what the name implies, are true braids with the cloth wrapped around one or two center cores. The type of construction makes false braiding very strong and durable.

To achieve the desired shape, the braiding process must be very consistent. The braids for hearts and rounds must be sewn together evenly so that the rug will lay flat. A cheaply made braided rug may curl or pucker, especially after cleaning. When you are shopping for any shape or size of braided rug, always check the integrity of the stitching. If the stitching seems loose or is not uniformly spaced, you may consider looking for a braided of higher quality.

Braided runners can be made so the braids run parallel to each other then wrapped at the corners. Again, the way the rug is sewn will determine how long it lasts. Braids that are not sewn tightly will separate leaving you with the choice of repairing or discarding the rug. Sewn too tightly and the rug is more likely to warp, curl or otherwise loose its shape.

If braided rugs fit into your decorating plans, remember that your decor can be complimented with matching accent pieces. Accents can include pieces such as braided chair pads, placemats and table runners.
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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