rugs use a range of rug braiding techniques -- But which
is best for you ? ...
and the craft of rug braiding first became popular in the 1830's
when homemakers quickly discovered they could braid their old
scraps of fabric material into rugs. Today, machine made braided
rugs are readily available, and the craft of rug braiding, or
rug weaving, is as popular as ever.
Modern braided rugs are generally manufactured using one
of four braid construction types. These are cable braid, flat
braid, tubular braid and corded braid. Corded braid is manufactured
without the expense of rug braiding as each braid is constructed
of a fabric filled tube, Corded braid along with tubular braid
is often used to produce fairly cheap rugs, but can still
be very hard wearing if the right materials are used.
For authentic braided rugs, those that still use the age
old techniques of rug braiding, either cable braid or flat
braid is the best choice. Cable braid was first developed
in the early 1800's as a type or rope used in boat rigging,
whereas flat braid dates back thousands of years. Rug weaving
using these braids can result in high quality stylish rugs,
suitable for most rooms in your home.
Almost any fabric can be used to make braided rugs, and the
available choice of styles is enormous. Modern manufacturers
have got rug braiding down to a fine art, and there are rugs
available to suit all tastes.
June 2, 2004
By: Paul Goodwin
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