Using Braided Rugs On Hardwood Floors
You’ve been lucky enough to have your floors replaced with some stunning new hardwood flooring, maybe in oak, birch, or even cherry. You are admiring the sheen finish and the lovely wood grain, but now, even though they will cover up floor areas, you want to add rugs to some areas. It makes sense – protect some portions but also tie in with the color scheme of the room.
You want a braided rug because it’s currently trendy for use with hardwood floors. Before rushing out to buy something new, though, did you have any rugs handed down to you over the years? Perhaps a braided rug that you never got around to using because it didn’t fit in with the old flooring? These last for years and so are pretty common for passing on to the next generation.
Braided rugs are derived from the tradition of using old materials like bedding and clothes and turning them into other useful items like rugs. These traditions evolved from families not having as much spending power as today – a style of early recycling. Rugs didn’t just serve as a feature in their homes; they also served as functional pieces covering the cold floors. In addition, it was a family event where grandmothers, mothers, and daughters all worked together to create these rugs.
These fashions come and go, of course. Once machines started doing what was once done by hand, the art was almost lost. However, not long ago, there was a revival of hand-made braided rugs once more, fuelled by love for ‘the old times.’ You can still buy a machine-made rug, of course, and most of them are made this way, but you can also order a hand-made rug specifically designed for your home in whatever color, shape, and style you want.
You can, of course, still get beautiful designs in high quality that are machine-made, and these have the advantage of having a wider price range. You can get machine-made braided rugs in two types, cloth and braided yarn types. Hardly any manufacturer makes braided rugs using cloth anymore, so yarn braided rugs are much more common.
Both cloth and yarn rugs are made of filler material as an inner core, around which the outer cloth or yarn is wrapped. Having this filler core of cheaper material will make the overall cost of the braided rug much less than pure yarn or cloth-based rugs. So for the cheaper end of the market, you may find paper or something similar used for the inner core. At the same time, higher-end braided rugs will enjoy a cotton filler or similar synthetic material as a filler.
As a last thought, not everyone values old braided rugs that have been handed down. Or perhaps, as eluded to earlier, the rug didn’t go with the current decor and got sold off or given away. So consider the fact that while you may not have been lucky enough to have received one through your family line, there are often many that end up in second-hand shops and even flea markets. So it’s an excellent place to start looking.