There is something about a braided rug.
Does it just bring back memories of days gone by or is it the comfortable feel of sitting or walking on it?
I love my wood floors, but when the chill gets in the air,
I want something warmer under my feet other than wood.
These became popular in the late 1800s as hearth rugs or door mats. Braided rugs are made of strips of fabric braided and sewn in a circle or oval. Like woven rag rugs, braided rugs were historically a hand-made product made at home. They are usually made of wool, cotton or linen fabric or heavy wool rug yarn.
With Fall in the air here in the Georgia mountains, I am eager to get started on this project and have it done before Thanksgiving.
While looking over braided rugs for some pattern ideas, if came across this and knew it would be perfect for my own laundry room. So in addition to beginning a much larger area braided rug, I ordered this! Looks great since my laundry room is all white with blue decor.
Braided rug history:
One of the many hurdles facing American colonists was freezing cold temperatures. You have to remember that this was a time long before conventional heating was invented; therefore colonists had to look for other ways to stay warm. They discovered that placing a rug out on the floor helped to absorb some of the cold temperature, and that’s how braided rugs began.
While the men were out farming, hunting and building new structures, the women would tailor new clothes and craft new braided rugs. The women would then pass their rug-making skills down to their daughters, leaving a lasting traditional for others to follow.
I love the idea of passing on a handmade rug to my own grown daughter someday. She loves to sew, so maybe she too will give rug making a try.