Braided Rugs


Fabric Braid – Fabric is folded, stitched and braided.  NO FILLER is used.
Yarn Briaded Rugs Exterior Covering – Yarn woven together to create a “tape”, which is braided around Interior Filler. Exterior Covering – Yarn woven together to create a “tape”, which is braided around Interior Filler. Interior Filler –  Exterior Covering is braided over Filler.


During Colonial times, very little went to waste, and a second use for outgrown or worn out clothing was to turn them into floor coverings for the cold wood floors.  The old garments were cut into strips....the strips were hand folded and then braided.  These braids were then hand laced into braided rugs of various sizes.

Today, Thorndike is the only commercial manufacturer to produce a finished product that is a true reproduction of an authentic hand made braided rug.  The fabrics used are reminiscent of clothing that might have been worn at one time or another, which gives each rug so much charm.

Thorndike Mills Cloth Braided Rugs are handcrafted heirloom quality, and truly a piece of art for your floor.




Yarn Braided Rugs are the most common type of braided rug you will find available commercially; the manufacturing process begins with YARN. YARN is produced in various fibers such as cotton and wool, or synthetics, such as acrylic or polyproplyene. But, no matter what the fiber is, a YARN Braided Rug will be wrapped around filler (a core) before being braided into a rug.

The use of filler in a braided rug is necessary, and acceptable, as long as it does not affect the long-term performance of the rug. It’s primary reason is to reduce the cost of the rug, while giving it a feeling of value and substance.

One needs to be concerned about what the filler is made of. Many competitive companies use paper, reprocessed or inferior materials because of the cost factor.

Having a rug filled with inferior materials will result in unsatisfactory performance during it’s use and most definitely once it has been subjected to deep cleaning by a professional rug cleaning company.

Thorndike Mills uses only the best filler, which is a blend of natural pre-shrunk cotton and synthetic fibers. This will assure you confidence, that you won't have to worry about filler shrinkage causing your rug to buckle or colored dyes that could bleed through to the surface from within.



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