History of Braided Rugs

Since 1830, Americans have treasured braided rugs. Braided rugs represent a simpler time of home, hearth, family, love and comfort. The American craft of braided rugs evolved from necessity into an art form beginning with the early settlers.

Braided Rugs enriched twentieth century homes with timeless beauty and continue to be compatible with architectural styles ranging from Early American to Contemporary.

Technically, a braided rug is three strands of fiber joined by wrapping the right strand over the center strand, and then the left strand over the center strand in a pattern of repetition, just like braiding hair. The braid is then sewn together into shapes and sizes to your liking.

In Early American homes, coats and torn, or faded clothes, gained new life as braided rugs. Each braided rug was interwoven with fond memories of those family members who originally wore the garments. Indeed, braiding was often a family affair in the evening, by the hearth with everyone joining in the braiding.

Today, this time honored craft is the warmest welcome to your family and friends! A braided rug is respected as an American tradition and an American Folk Art. Originating over two hundred years ago in New England, taken westward across the prairies in covered wagons, this treasured possession traveled onto the frontier and remains as timeless as when it was first made.

Promoted in the twentieth century by interior designers and in upscale magazines, braided rugs retain their timeless appeal. Today, a braided rug looks fresh in its simplicity. Braided rugs are casual, comfortable and set a tone in any room where new traditions begin!

“Snug as a bug in a rug.”

Benjamin Franklin