The history of American rugs started with the arrival of first settlers, but not as decoration. Harsh winters took a toll on unprepared settlers, who did everything they could to keep themselves warm. First rugs created by them were hooked ones, mostly due to their simplicity and the fact that they could me made using whatever scraps of textile you could find. Rugs' designs started off as fairy simple, consisting mostly of geometric and floral patterns, but eventually evolved into something more complex. As first American society was composed of different nationalities, their artistic traditions and techniques mixed freely resulting in original creations. In the 1870s, Edward Sands Frost came up with the idea of printing the designs from stencils, made of old copper boilers. His idea took the market by storm, however, the mass production initiated the decline in the quality of rugs as well as their popularity. Braided rugs were just as common and appeared as another way to utilize bits and pieces of textiles. Of course carpets were not only made by European settlers. Native Americans have their own form of carpet making. While wool was introduced to Native Americans by Spaniards in 16th century, there are proofs that Indians were weaving rugs long time before colonization. Navajo rugs are especially well-know kind, often synonymous with the American rugs.
Today American rug industry develops quickly, delivering us new pieces every day. American designers experiment with patterns, colors and fibers, often surprising carpet aficionados with their creative approach. High quality American goods are praised all over the world, making country's weaving industry one of the most influential in the world.