If you are seeking a rug that is soft, stylish, and durable, a braided rug made of wool is the right choice for you. Wool is just as comfortable as it is practical and can be braided into the most classic designs or can be crafted into new and contemporary styles.
About Braided Wool Rugs
Made from the soft wool coat of a sheep, wool braided rugs are some of the most durable and desirable rugs available. Braided wool rugs are created when the coat of a sheep is pulled and twisted into a fine yarn. These yarns are then combined and braided into classic oval and contemporary square rugs.
Wool has been used around the world for hundreds of years and is often known for being extremely durable and warm. These two characteristics are true, but wool has so many other great qualities that make it a premium material for braided rugs.
Benefits of braided wool rugs:
They are durable and long-lasting. Wool braided rugs can be twisted, used under furniture, receive a high amount of traffic, and can still spring back to its original shape and form.
Wool braided rugs are water-resistant. Since wool had the original purpose of protecting a sheep from the elements, it carries over that inherent quality to your braided rugs. If a spill occurs on a wool braided rug, clean-up is a breeze.
Fire resistant. Wool naturally has a very high ignition point, which means it can still catch fire, but will not do so easily. Additionally, the natural fibers will burn instead of melt.
Renewable and natural. Today, there are over 200 breeds of sheep which are bread for producing wool. Sheared sheep can provide wool for years and years on end, making it a renewable material.
Dirt and debris resistant. The tightly woven fibers of wool braided rugs repel dirt and do not allow dust particles to travel deep into the fibers of the rug. This makes wool rugs much easier to clean and maintain.
Braided Wool Rug Styles
Braided rugs are a timeless classic, having begun as a staple in American colonial homes. Today, they are still made in that same classic way but are also available in many other styles.
Round and oval wool braided rugs are an American classic and come in a large variety of sizes and colors. Oval wool braided rugs as small as 2x3"? make a great option for accent or hallway rugs.
Large braided wool area rugs are perfect for use in a living or dining space -- any large room that has furniture of any kind. When you are choosing a large area rug, like a 9x12 wool braided area rug, remember that there should always be 6-18 inches of space between the edge of your rug and the wall. Large braided wool area rugs can be used to create a more comfortable space in a living room by providing a soft and warm surface for you to walk on.
Square or rectangular braided wool rugs can be used in most rooms of your home. Try a large square or rectangular braided rug in your bedroom. Make sure there is at least 18 inches of rug beyond each of the sides and the foot of your bed.
If you aren't interested in having one large braided wool area rug but still want somewhere soft to place your feet when you get out of bed each morning, try two wool braided runners. Runners are great because they are small enough to move outdoors to clean and still offer great coverage for your floors.
Cleaning & Caring For Your Round Braided Rug
Wool braided rugs are durable and do not need a lot of maintenance to stay beautiful and soft. To help them look good for years and to avoid unnecessary damage, follow these tips and tricks:
For all braided area rugs made of wool, blot (do not rub!) liquid spilled before using a gentle, natural or wool-safe detergent to clean the remaining spot. Do not use any "oxy" cleaners on your wool braided rug.
It's not recommended to use a vacuum with a beater bar ' a rotating bar with bristles ' on your wool braided area rugs.
It is not recommended to shake out or beat any braided rugs, as this can cause damage to the braids.
You can use ordinary dishwashing liquid to clean your rugs at home, but it is recommended to have them periodically steam cleaned by a professional.
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