Celebrating 60 Years – History of our Braided Rugs

As part of our 60th Anniversary here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we continue to celebrate by taking a look back at our catalog and company history. In previous blog posts, on our Facebook page, and on the Articles & Tips of our website, you may have seen us discuss various catalog covers or products from our past. Today, we explore the evolution of our Braided Rugs.


To enhance the warmth of the American scene, there’s nothing quite like a fireside and a braided rug.  Today the old colonial colors fill our homes with life and beauty, just as they did two centuries ago.  These authentically reproduced rugs are so much in the American tradition that you can practically whiff from them the air of the salty Cape.”

This text, an excerpt from the first Sturbridge Yankee Workshop catalog in 1953, highlighted our braided rug collection as seen in the picture to the left.  Sturbridge Yankee Workshop braided rugs, crafted for durability and longevity, have been a popular item in our catalog for 60 years.


In the photo below, you can see how our braided rugs have retained their style while evolving with changing decorative themes throughout the years.  In the 1980’s, for instance, we saw a range of bright, bold colors, and contrasting calm pastels.  No matter the color, our braided rugs have retained their ability to be used with any decor.

Present Day

To this day, Sturbridge Yankee Workshop continues to offer a wide range of durable braided rug options.  Corresponding stair treads, chair pads, and hearth mats make it easy for you to use your favorite pattern throughout the house.  Our braided rugs are made right here in the USA, exclusively for Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

Our Heritage Collection (shown top left) features a wide range of solid and multi-color options that perfectly compliment your colonial decor.

If you are looking for a pop of color, our Bold Braid Collection (shown bottom left) adds a ‘wow’ factor to any room, indoors or out.

Since 1953, our rugs have been crafted with durability and versatility in mind. They will continue to be “of a quality of which should last for generations”.

For more information about our braided rugs, take a look at this article about Braided Rug Collections at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

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2 Responses to “Celebrating 60 Years – History of our Braided Rugs”

  1. sturbridge says:

    Thank you Jess! We love them, too!

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