Oh! How nice to meet you all! I found making rugs to be both harder and easier than I thought. I fell in love with the look of braided rugs but the lacing I found hard to get tight enough. I crocheted a rug out of "t-shirt yarn" and that was remarkably easy and quick and sturdy (and even washable). Old methods of rug-making include crochet and knitting as well as hooking, braiding and applique. I found all that I know from books in the library. I discovered that while many rug makers only use wool fabric, all types of fabric were traditionally used (whatever was on hand). I am currently planning a braided rug out of old jeans and chinos. Any fabric can be ripped into strips and braided or crocheted. I braided an experimental bathmat out of old, worn towels. I found that I like to experiment with different materials. One book I read encouraged this. She even used gum wrappers to create a small metallic patch in a hooked rug. Other writers emphasis sticking only to the tried and true wool fabric. My favorite material is really the t-shirt yarn because it is easy and works up so fast. If anybody is interested, I might be able to describe it. As you can tell, I really enjoy this craft!