Braided rugs began in early American Colonial days with scraps of fabric leftover from clothes and sewing projects. Using strips of colorful wool, burlap, and cotton, settlers would braid various sized rugs to add beauty, comfort, and warmth to their homes. Braided rugs quickly spread from the home to public places like town halls and markets. Still today, braided rugs are a staple in homes across the country. Round braided rugs are commonly used in entryways, living rooms, reading nooks, and more.
About Round Braided Rugs
Braided area rugs began with spare scraps of fabric in the 16th century but today braided rugs are made with premium quality wool, nylon, polyester, and others. Each material has different features and benefits. Some commonly used fabrics include:
Wool is a naturally durable and easy to care for fabric that is great for high-traffic areas of a home. While wool is great for dining rooms and living rooms, it is also frequently used in bedrooms because of its supreme softness.
Polypropylene also referred to as olefin, is an extremely durable synthetic fiber that is water- and fade-resistant. It's easy to clean and does not stain easily, making it a good choice for areas like mudrooms and entryways.
Cotton is an ultra-soft fabric but does match up against wool in the durability category. Despite this, cotton is easy to clean, making it a good choice for kitchens, bedrooms, and other rooms that get less traffic.
Using these materials and others, round braided area rugs are hand-woven or machine-woven. They vary in size from 3 feet across to over 9 feet across and can be custom made to nearly any size. The color combinations are endless with round braided area rugs, so there are sizes and styles for every home.
Styling A Round Braided Area Rug
Round braided rugs are both traditional and timeless all at once. If you're a first-time round braided area rug buyer, you may have some questions about how to style it.
In the living room: the most important style tip when it comes to using a round braided area rug in a living room is to purchase one large enough to fit all of the room's major furniture pieces on it. For a minimalist and geometric look, style a light grey round area rug with a dark charcoal or black couch or sectional with a white square coffee table.
In the dining room: you can create any look and feel in your dining room depending on the color of your round braided rug. Style an ivory round braided rug with a white and light wood farmhouse style table with a bouquet of lilacs and greenery for the perfect rustic dining room. While any shape dining table can look beautiful on a round braided rug, there's something about a round dining table positioned in the center of a round braided rug that creates the most simple kind of balance in your home.
Round Braided Rugs For Outdoors
When looking for a round braided rug to use outdoors, you should begin your search by looking at full synthetic or polyester rugs. These materials are easy to clean, quick-drying, and stain- and fade-resistant.
Styling an outdoor round braided rug can be fun and a breeze. On red or terracotta-colored patios, create contrast with a bold blue or turquoise round braided rug. On grey patios, try a warm mixture of oranges, browns, and reds.
Be sure to keep up with the care of your outdoor braided rug by spot cleaning when needed and giving it a thorough cleaning at the end and beginning of each season keeping it in a dry location when it's not being enjoyed outdoors.
Cleaning & Caring For Your Round Braided Rug
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 round 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.
Synthetic materials should be cleaned in a similar manner "? blot first, then clean with a detergent. For harder to remove stains, "oxy"? cleaners can be used on round braided rugs made of synthetic materials.
It's not recommended to use a vacuum with a beater bar "? a rotating bar with bristles "? on your round braided area rugs.
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