What Are Bamboo Silk Rugs?
Bamboo silk rugs are those area rugs made of bamboo fiber.
Bamboo silk fabric is a natural viscose obtained from the bamboo plants. The cellulose is skillfully taken out of the bamboo. Sticky paste-like cellulose is then dried under sunlight. On drying, the stickiness vanishes and forms a soft, shiny and silky fiber. The fluffy cloud looking-like fiber feels cool to touch.
Exquisite bamboo silk rugs are also known as Artificial silk rugs or Art silk rugs. The other name is Rayon silk. Carpet manufacturers in India also call it a China silk rug.
Faisal International uses bamboo silk in hand-knotted Tibetan rugs, handloom, and tufted. Fine flat-weave rugs also use this natural material to create admirable pieces of art.
From Bamboo Silk Rug Manufacturer's Perspective
Is Bamboo silk Rug Good Quality?
What is a good quality in a Bamboo rug?
A knotted bamboo silk rug price depends upon the rug’s quality. A hand-knotted bamboo silk rug comes in both low quality and high quality. To measure a hand-knotted bamboo rug’s quality count the Knots Per Square Inch(KPSI) of the rug.
Low quality is one that has less than 50 KPSI, hence they cost less than the average quality of 81 KPSI.
In a high-quality bamboo silk rug, you will find more than 100 KPSI. A 200 KPSI quality rug is far more expensive than a 75 KPSI rug.
Bamboo Silk Rugs Durability
The durability of these rugs is great if taken good care. Try to avoid it from placing outdoors as the fiber does not react well with direct sunlight and wet climate. They are ideal for living room, bedroom decor and places with an average foot-traffic.
Periodical proper vacuum and wash can prolong the life of bamboo silk and hold them look new and fresh.
Shedding & Sprouting Issues With Bamboo Silk Rugs
Although bamboo area rugs are durable yet you can notice some shedding in the rug. Well, this still is not an issue to panic as this happens with every natural fiber made rug. How much the rug fiber will shed depends on the quality of the rug and the foot traffic it receives.
The shedding of your high-quality bamboo rug will gradually lessen and stop within 2-3 weeks.
Sprouting in a rug generally refers to the popping out of the rug’s fabric in them. This is a normal issue you will face with every new-made handmade rug. In case you find a fabric flying out of the rest NEVER PULL OUT IT. Instead, clip the yarn using a pair of scissors.
Never use a beater bar on wool and bamboo silk rugs. Doing so damages and weakens the fiber of the rug.
Difference Between Bamboo Silk And Viscose
Both fibers come from the phloem part of the tree. Yet both are not all the same. Bamboo silk is extracted from adult bamboo grass(tree) cellulose. Viscose fiber is not all that natural fiber as its wood pulp it is chemically processed.
Viscose area rugs are the softest of all carpets and rugs. They are softer than the art silk. Learn more about viscose area rugs.
Bamboo Silk Vs Silk
Bamboo silk is a great alternative to real silk as they are much cheaper.
The main difference between a bamboo silk rug and traditional silk rug is the nature of their existence, durability, affordability, and usage.
Bamboo silk is from plants and is easily available in any quantity. Rugs made of bamboo silk are much cheaper than real silk. They’re placed anywhere in the house but are not suitable for outdoors.
Pure silk is got from cocoon’s larva. The only way to do so is by collecting and killing several silkworms in hot water. It takes a lot of time and a hard workforce to process them. Silk is imported from China. They are the most expensive fiber for rugs. Since silk rugs are delicate, they are suitable for low foot traffic areas. As they are costly, they are mostly used in the most important space in the house or used for wall hangings.
Bamboo Silk Rugs Vs Wool
Both fibers are natural but their feel and texture are way different from each other. The bamboo yarn has a texture that is soft, smooth and shiny. The hand-spun bamboo fibers follow a different method of color dying. It takes cold water to dye them.
The yarn is hand-spun and the twisted fiber thread has no uniform thickness. After washing and trimming the fiber, you can see the formation of a special color variation. This is because on dying the color does not reach the inner part of the twisted fiber. The color slight variation is the specialty and the beauty of an art silk rug.
Wool is the most popular material for rug making. Good quality wool is soft, spongy and carries color dyes uniformly very well. Yet, pure wool rugs are more expensive compared to bamboo silk and banana silk rugs.
Combination Of Bamboo Silk Rugs And Wool
Handmade rugs and carpets can either be of the whole of bamboo silk or can have wool in combination with it.
The combination of bamboo silk and New Zealand wool rugs creates magic. Wool and bamboo silk rugs style up and are popular amongst rug importers worldwide. They compliment each other and are woven on a strong cotton foundation. While wool dances to its blur tone, silk shines and highlights the woven design.
The Perfect Ratio Of Wool And Bamboo Silk
You can find a complete 100% bamboo silk rug while some also combined with wool. But what is the perfect ratio of the wool & bamboo silk in a rug?
Most carpet importers regard 70% of wool and 30% of bamboo silk as the right ratio. There however is not any standard or absolute ratio. The ration can depend upon the design of the area rug. Some rugs also have a 50-50 ratio of both the natural fibers.
Benefits Of Mixed Wool And Bamboo Silk Rugs
- Creates an overall unique art piece where the shiny bamboo silk glows within the frame of 70% wool.
- Wool is more durable than bamboo silk or any other rug material. When bamboo silk and wool both come together with the lifespan of that rug increases.
The Challenge In Cleaning Bamboo silk and Wool Rugs
The texture, behavior, and characteristics of wool is different from bamboo silk. Hence, cleaning both materials follow different cleaning methods with different remedies.
We highly recommend getting your wool and bamboo silk rug cleaned by professional carpet cleaners. They have the right solutions for each rug material with them.
How To Clean A Bamboo Rug
A rug requires a professional cleaning at least once every 1 to 1.5 years. Self-washing your rug can save money especially when it gets dirty quite often. Follow the easy way to clean a bamboo silk rug:
- First vacuum or broom the rug to remove the excess soil and dust from the rug. Do not use a beater bar.
- Pour some cold water and apply any mild shampoo. (For spot cleaning, prepare a solution in a spray bottle. Wipe to clean using a damp cloth).
- Scrub gently with your fingers. Do not use a scrubber unless required. For stubborn stains use a brush with soft bristles.
- After cleaning, flush water in the direction of the woven pile. Repeat till all shampoo form is completely removed.
- Once washed, roll the rug against the pile’s direction. Let it lean vertically against a wall overnight for excess water to drain out.
- Next, unroll the rug under good sunlight for it to dry. Do Not Over-Dry In Sunlight.
Note: It is highly recommended to get “Wool and Bamboo-silk rug” cleaned by professional rug cleaners.
Affordability Of Art Silk Rug
Owning real silk is like a dream come true. Unfortunately, not everyone can pay for these luxurious handwoven rugs. Hand-knotted bamboo silk rugs are affordable alternatives to pure silk area rugs.
For an updated price contact Faisal International by email or give a call.
Bamboo Silk Rugs Pros And Cons
- The top advantage of bamboo silk area rugs is that they are soft and smooth. They go excellent with both modern, contemporary as well as traditional home decor.
- They are way more affordable compared to real silk and are the best alternative to them.
- Suitable for average foot-traffic areas. Place them in an area like a living room, bedroom, and hallways.
- The fiber is after all from plants and does carry all it’s property too. When heavy furniture is placed against its pile direction for too long, the fiber breaks. To bring it back to life, use a wet towel and iron technique.
- A pure bamboo silk rug is not suitable for outdoor usage.