Braided rag rugs have been around for centuries, and with good cause: they’re an ideal use of upcycled fabric, and they’re so sturdy that they can last a really long time. Since you’ll likely be staring at yours for years to come, it’s important to use that you won’t mind staring at for the next few decades. You may be completely enamored by rainbows now, but you might not have the same passion for them down the line, so it may be best to either go with more neutral shades, or at the very least, a monochromatic palette.
SEVERAL years ago a curator at the Brooklyn Museum asked Elizabeth Eakins, a New York rug maker, to reproduce an old American woven rug for a historic house. The rug was what weavers call a warp-face rug, which means its pattern comes mainly from threads running lengthwise. Ms. Eakins's specialty had been hand-braided rugs, but she promptly abandoned them to make warp-face rugs woven in wool.
Braided rugs used to be an old-fashioned way of adding decoration to a home without spending any money. They are still a fun way to repurpose old clothes into something new and beautiful.
These braided rugs are easy to clean using the hard attachment of your vacuum attachment. Please do not use the beater brush. Spot clean with non-bleach detergent and spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible. For deep cleaning, we recommend professional cleaning.
A display inside Capel Rugs’ Las Vegas showroom showcases a number of braided rugs alongside spools of dyed and undyed yarn. From yarn spinning to dyeing, twisting braids and constructing the rugs, all of Capel’s braided rugs are made in North Carolina.