Michel rugs are hand braided and hand laced in Bolivia. Our native women
are expert braiders, a natural, they all have long braids since early childhood.
rugs are almost just like Grandmother used to make them, reversible, all
cloth, no fillers and only one technological improvement; ours are laced
with "Perlon Lacing", a synthetic string stronger than the original cotton
twine. That means no unsightly and weak zigzag stitching.
our rugs will wear on the surface as any cloth would, certainly to be your
family heirloom as will never fall apart. Guaranteed!.
Recently Mary Griffith
of Orange, MA. wrote us:
"Received the braided rug
by Luis Michel........absolutely magnificent !!!!!
Can not find these rugs
anywhere in the US anymore......you need to advertize these more.....Amazing
quality...I am speechless!
Thank you for your speedy
Mary ordered a ALL
WOOL, STANDARD MULTICOLORED
We looked up in the internet
and we did find in the US what appears to be similar rugs to ours, these
, very nice rugs but their price not so nice, $55 to $80 per square feet.
A Heirloom or a Pile of
You can chose a braided rug
certainly to become a heirloom or one that certainly will become a pile
Even the best of machine
made rugs are sewn together with surface stitching, naturally prone to
wear. This public video shows the stitching process:
Choosing a rug - Braided
Rugs - What To Watch For
We appeal to the following
public and impartial document to help you in your decision making when
purchasing a Braided Rug
September 30, 2009 - therugchick
braided rugs come in all colors, sizes, and ages. New product from stores
like Pier One, and some from the 1930's with a story from the owner about
how their neighborhood tore clothing into strips to create a community
rug when she was a child.
Broken braids. With especially
older (machine made) braided rugs, the thread holding the braids along
side of one another can weaken and break. This ends up making the rug fall
apart. If you own the rug, tripping on broken areas can make the problem
worse, and if the rug is given a bath, moving the rug around can create
more and more broken areas.
These rugs are braided. Fabric
strips braided into long braids, and then crafted into a rug like this
Many are very sturdy rugs, but
some of the older ones can pose some problems for both rug owners. Here
are a few items to check for:
Rug dye problems.
You want to test the dyes of your rug to see if they are not colorfast.
If you own the rug and a damp cloth shows dye transfer, then you will want
to be careful what type of surface you place the rug on top of as dye may
transfer onto other surfaces. If you are nervous about a vibrant braided
rug being on top of light colored wall-to-wall carpeting, then use a pad
underneath as a barrier between the rug and the carpeting. (Rugs are meant
to be placed on HARD surfaces, so this is only if you have no choice but
placing it over a soft flooring.)
Rug braid filler threads.
Sometimes the inside of the braids are supported with filler materials
to make the braids more stiff. These filler materials, if they are dyed,
may create "bleeding" problems when wet. You will want to open up the braids
a bit and see of this filler material exists. This is a blurred photo -
but this is what the filler material can look like:
Cut braid with filler material
Braided rug coming unraveled.
The problem of broken connecting
threads needs to be addressed BEFORE the cleaning process as it will become
worse. If the rug is heavily soiled however, hand sewing the braids together
will not be possible (it's unsanitary to the rug repair specialists to
be handling and breathing in the contaminants in a heavily soiled rug).
In this case, you can sandwich
the rug between two plastic screens, sew these screens to one another to
press the rug tightly inside of them, and then soak the rug, scrub, and
rinse the rug as that "braided rug sandwich". Then after complete drying
it can be repaired.
When you send a braided rug
off for repair, be sure to make sure they use very strong upholstery thread
for those connecting threads so that you do not have to have the rug repaired
yet again in a few more years.
These are colorful and fun
rugs - and the older ones have some great stories attached to them. Just
be sure to inspect them very carefully before cleaning so that you do not
create any unexpected problems.
Please be sure to contact
us should you have any further questions.
Exporting rugs to the US since 1991