We have become more eco-conscious consumers. This shows in the way we shop for clothes, for food, and yes, even for rugs.
Silk rugs are a luxurious thing to have but they aren’t the most eco-friendly purchase.
That’s why bamboo silk rugs are so popular. They provide the luxury and feel of a silk rug but are a more eco-friendly alternative.
Have we piqued your interest? Learn all about bamboo silk rugs in this ultimate guide.
What Exactly Is a Bamboo Silk Rug?
Bamboo silk is a natural viscose made from the cellulose from the bamboo stalk. This cellulose is added to a paste and then dried. The dried paste is spun into a thread that is soft as silk.
This thread is blended with sturdy wool to create a soft, durable, and eco-friendly rug. What this video to learn more about this process.
How is bamboo silk different from traditional silk, you ask?
Well, first of all, traditional silk comes from the silkworm and the process takes much longer to extract enough silk to create an entire rug.
Second, traditional silk is much more delicate than bamboo silk. This is why bamboo silk is the best choice for soft, yet durable rugs to place underfoot.
Benefits of a Bamboo Silk Rug
There are many benefits of choosing a bamboo silk rug. We’ve already touched on a few but let’s break them down for you.
1. Bamboo Silk is Eco Friendly
The process of growing bamboo takes much less water and time than cotton or traditional silk. This fast-growing plant provides much more material per plant than its competitors.
2. Bamboo Silk is Comfortable
The silky soft texture of bamboo silk feels so luxurious to bare feet. Even while blended with cotton, you can easily feel the difference when bamboo silk is present.
3. Bamboo Silk Rugs are More Economical
Bamboo silk rugs are usually much cheaper than traditional silk rugs. The only exception is if the bamboo silk rug has a much higher KPSI (knots per square inch) than the silk rug.
How to Care for a Bamboo Silk Rug
Since bamboo silk is a natural fiber, rugs made from this material may need a little extra care to stay beautiful.
You can vacuum a silk rug but it may shed a little, especially within the first few weeks of purchase.
If you find a sprout or loose thread, do not pull it. Instead, simply cut it even with the rest of the bamboo fibers and it won’t even be visible to the eye.
Should you spill something on a bamboo silk rug, use a paper towel or rag and dab any liquid out and then clean the stain with vinegar and water.
To keep the colors vibrant, keep your bamboo silk rug out of direct sunlight.
What to Look for in a Bamboo Silk Rug
When searching for a bamboo silk rug to add to your home decor, there are a few things to look for to ensure you get a high-quality rug.
The first thing you would want to do is feel the texture of the rug. Is it softer than cotton? Does it rival traditional silk in softness? If the answer is no then keep looking.
You’ll want to look for a rug with a slight color variation in the fibers. The dying process of twisted bamboo silk threads does not allow it to penetrate the inner portion of the fibers.
The ending result of a genuine silk bamboo rug is a beautiful color variation that is unique and artistic.
Lastly, ask for the KPSI or look at the tag. Most bamboo silk rugs will have a 100-200 KPSI. You’ll want to find one on the higher end of the spectrum.
A rug with a higher knot count will be a more durable and better quality rug. Of course, the price will be higher but it is well worth the extra money.
If the purchase of a bamboo silk rug is on the horizon for you, this guide has hopefully helped you to appreciate your smart purchase, helped you learn to care for it appropriately, and how best to style your home with it.