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Chenille area rugs are a popular choice for many people, in part due to the soft nature of the material. It’s thought that chenille fabrics have been produced in one form or another since the 18th Century though it was much later when the name became more well known. The term ‘chenille’ comes from the French word meaning “caterpillar”. This was so given after the fuzzy look caterpillars have with their short hairs covering much of their body.

The fuzzy look is similar to the thick and soft appearance of chenille rugs and related decorative home accessories. When in the yarn format, the chenille looks very much like a long caterpillar. Cotton is the primary fabric pile used in the creation of chenille but other fabrics such as acrylic, olefin and rayon are also applied. The material is named after the particular process of creation rather than for a particular fibre with which it is made.

See also: Chenille 9 x 12 Area Rugs.

Chenille has hit the heights of popularity only very recently and this can be dated to the 1990’s. Production of the material increased and improved methods of making it developed. Over the 20th Century and particularly in later decades, chenille was used for a variety of housewares including bedding, carpets and also in some garments. Chenille rugs have become a much sought after home accent piece which can compliment an interior both visually and texturally.