Bamboo Silk Rugs

Loloi Kensington 100% Bamboo Silk Rugs

Loloi Kensington 100% Bamboo Silk Rugs

Food for pandas?  Or is bamboo something much more than that?  As it turns out, bamboo is an extremely versatile textile that has an amazing range of uses including the old world industry of oriental rugs.  There has been a massive surge in rug production with the use of bamboo silk as a pile material.   These rugs are soft, stylish, and durable at a fraction of the cost of a real silk rug.  Continue reading for more information about bamboo silk rugs.

Real silk is a wonderful product.  It is soft and smooth, extremely durable, and is a natural product.  Unfortunately, real silk is very expensive and difficult to care for.  Unless it is blended with another fiber such as wool, real silk rugs are reserved for extremely low traffic areas or for use as wall hangings.

Bamboo silk gives rugs the look and feel of real silk, but at a fraction of the cost and with added cleanability.  Bamboo is essentially a woody grass.  It is one of the fastest growing plants on Earth, with some breeds growing as fast as 1 meter per day!  Bamboo is an organic product, easily sustainable, requires very little water, limits soil erosion, and is extremely efficient in CO2 reduction and oxygen production.  With properties such as these, it is no surprise that oriental rug manufacturers have looked for ways of incorporating bamboo silk into their production materials.

Bamboo is steamed and crushed to release the cellulose fibers within the plant.   In this process the woody part of the bamboo is crushed mechanically before a natural enzyme retting and washing process is used to break down the walls and extract the bamboo fiber. This bast fibre is then spun into yarn.  In fine counts the yarn has a silky touch.  The same manufacturing process is used to produce linen fabric from flax or hemp. Bamboo fabric made from this process is sometimes called bamboo linen.

The biggest downside to bamboo silk rugs lies within stain resistance.  While somewhat resistant to stains, bamboo silk is not as resistant as our most popular material, wool.  We suggest that 100% silk or bamboo silk rugs be reserved for areas with lower traffic and little likelihood of staining.  Probably not the best choice of rug for underneath a kitchen table…

In terms of performance, our Bamboo Silk tests 3.7 out of 5.0 for Stain Resistance (after cleaning).  To put this score into perspective, the rating key has 1 being lowest performance and 5 being superior performance with a rating of 3 considered satisfactory.  As a comparison, high grade New Zealand wool tests 4.6 out of 5.0.

Regarding cleaning of our Bamboo Silk, it is best to use a professional.  However, there are times when a quick response is needed.  Gently blot the soiled area, using a clean cloth or paper towel to absorb liquids from spills.  Air dry; heat drying should be avoided.  Do not scrub.

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