Bamboo Rugs

November 19, 2005
bamboo rugs
Bamboo rugs don’t resemble rugs we’re generally accustomed to seeing. A bamboo rug can be an area or accent rug, that’s either a square, rectangular or octagonal shape. Cheap bamboo rugs don’t hold up as well, but may suit your immediate needs. Care of a bamboo rug is easy; dust or wipe it clean, shaking out bits that get into the woven sections. Whether you buy an Anji mountain bamboo rug or some other kind, you have a durable rug to cover your floor.

With the Zen-like style entering more home and office settings, you may want to incorporate bamboo rugs or a palm bamboo area rug into your flooring decor.

Bamboo is grown mostly in Asia, but Central America also has a population of bamboo forests as well. And it’s not a tree as you might think. Bamboo is actually a grass with a tree-like structure and wood-like stems. Since the stems are hollow, they’re very strong and only get stronger with age.
But here’s why you should look into bamboo rugs:

  • helps allergy sufferers
  • fire and insect resistant
  • sustainable resource

And there are some disadvantages:

  • can be louder than a soft surface
  • will bleach in direct sunlight

The smooth surface of bamboo rugs and a palm bamboo area rug allows an allergy sufferer to breathe a little easier. Because the surface is smooth, allergens have trouble “hiding”. Most allergists recommend that allergy sufferers live in an environment with smooth, easy to clean surfaces.
Because of the natural structure and oils in the Asian bamboo rugs, they are inherently fire and insect resistant — much like other natural fiber flooring choices. While a fire can be started on bamboo, the fire doesn’t to spread quickly. And insects are not drawn to bamboo either, so there’s no need to worry about infestations.

Bamboo Rugs
Bamboo’s most popular argument is for its use in flooring is that it is a renewable resource. This means that it can be grown over and over without damaging the overall population. When the bamboo is cut for the bamboo rugs, it re-grows at the base. And it grows quickly. Since it doesn’t take up the same amount of room as a traditional tree, it can thrive in smaller spaces.
But the fact that it’s a smooth hard surface may be unsettling to a quiet office setting. Just like any hard rug or mat, the bamboo rugs will not stifle sounds that move across them. While a bamboo rug on carpet might help, you may not want to choose a bamboo rug if you have a lot of traffic in that area.







And unlike other more natural fiber flooring choices, bamboo does need to be processed in order to be ready to turn into bamboo rugs. The stems need to be cleaned and cut and treated in order to retain their hardness and shape.
While the bamboo rug or flooring can be stained to fit any decor, placing it in direct sunlight will lighten the bamboo over time. This is a drawback as many owners will not think of this eventuality. Of course, you could always have it re-stained and solve the problem in that manner.
A palm bamboo area rug could be a great addition to your home. Some homeowners choose to create a Chinese theme, while others lean to a more tropical, Bali design. Whatever you choose, you can count on bamboo rugs to hold up to wear and tear, both on you and the environment.


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