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Luis 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.

Our 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. 

Yes, our rugs will wear on the surface as any cloth would, certainly to be your family heirloom as will never fall apart. Guaranteed!.

Bolivian cholitas admiring their work

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 need to advertize these more.....Amazing quality...I am speechless!
Thank you for your speedy shipping..
Mary Griffith"



We looked up in the internet and we did find in the US what appears to be similar rugs to ours, these at , very nice rugs but their price not so nice, $55 to $80 per square feet. Wow! 

A Heirloom or a Pile of Loom

You can chose a braided rug certainly to become a heirloom or one that certainly will become a pile of loom.

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

I've seen 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.

These rugs are braided. Fabric strips braided into long braids, and then crafted into a rug like this one:

Braided rug from America

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 inside.
Cut braid with filler material inside.

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.

Braided rug coming unraveled.
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


Please contact us with your requirements or, after you complete your design with "BRAID WIZARD", please send your design file by E-mail as an attachement to Luis Michel We will then send you a print of your self designed rug and a sample braid. One of our sales representatives will contact you to finalize the order.

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