Viscose Rugs - Seeing the Light

Lots of us today are looking for more light and for more natural products for our homes. Light and nature have become two big themes in interiors today.

This may be the reason why we are seeing so many new collections of viscose-based rugs coming to the market. These rugs all generally have a silky-smooth, soft pile with a beautiful patina of shifting light and shade across the rug. The best can really catch the eye as light plays across the rug.

Viscose is a man-made material, but it is usually described as a semi-synthetic, or a re-generated fibre, as it is largely derived from natural wood or plant pulp.

It also has a long history, being the first man-made fibres to be produced commercially. It was developed early in the 1890s from cellulose. Cellulose itself had been identified from studies into wood pulp earlier in the nineteenth century. It started life as “artificial silk,” as it could be used instead of silk in many industries, or as the first manufacturer’s name “viscose”. Later, in the 1920s, it became known as “rayon” in the USA.

In the early part of the twentieth century, viscose boomed, driven by one of the UK’s textile giants, Courtaulds, who had acquired the original viscose patents, and it largely replaced traditional wools and cottons in underwear and many other fabrics and markets.

The qualities of viscose are often related to its production from natural cellulose, and are I’m many ways similar to other natural cellulose products such as cotton or linen.

It is comfortable, soft and breathable, has an excellent drape (the way a garment hangs), as well as those early qualities of silk-like looks and feel. These have clear benefits in clothing. But softness, an easy fall, and a silky feel and lustre are also be big plus points for rugs.

Take a look at some of the viscose rugs we now have with a beautiful lustrous finish, and light and shade varying across soft, silky smooth pile.

Viscose is also known to blend with other fibres, and rug makers have use this to mix it with wool, creating wool rugs with an extra lustre, or cotton, creating exceptionally soft rugs.


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