The tradition of Braided Rugs started out using left over materials such as scraps of cloth.
When most people think of the classic braided rug, you need think about various weaves made up of yarns and fabrics. Woolen yarns and cloth scraps were the materials most widely used by early rug weavers. While it is true that rag braids and yarn weaves are the most popular and most available, there are beautiful Braided Rugs that are made from a wide variety of plant based materials.
Bamboo, hemp and jute fibers are used in a variety of fabric blends and you can find beautiful woven and Braided Rugs made from these versatile materials.
One material that is widely used for braided rugs is jute. Jute fiber has been used for thousands of years for everything from rope and twine to paper and other commercial uses such as backing for carpet. Unlike synthetic materials, jute has a tremendous advantage since it is completely biodegradable. When it is processed in various ways, jute can be fashioned into fabrics and yarns that can then be and woven into beautiful braided rug.
Bamboo is another renewable plant fiber source that is being used more and more as a fabric. No wonder that bamboo fabric is being used to produced quality braided area rugs. Easy to clean, and with its antibacterial properties, bamboo and bamboo blend make an excellent choice for making unique braided rug.
Last but certainly least is the use of hemp fabric in crafting of braided rugs. Like jute and bamboo, hemp can be cultivated with little work and without using harmful chemicals. Strong and versatile, hemp fiber can be made into a variety textile products including braided rug.