Here are some more commonly used fibers in rugs and carpets that are becoming increasingly popular to use in non-traditional weaving!

Cotton: Taken from the cotton plant, the cotton boll, or, the cotton ball is a protective layer of fiber protecting the seeds of the cotton plant. Indigenous to warm arid climates, Cotton’s cultivation dates back seven thousand years.

Nowadays, Cotton is the most used fiber in textile production. It is prized for its softness and airy qualities, and is often spun with other fibers to impart these characteristics.

Natural: Sisal, hemp, jute, bamboo, linen, abaca, paper, grass, and seagrass have all been used for some time, but are becoming increasingly popular as consumers become more environmentally conscientious. They offer natural alternatives to synthetic fibers, and tend to be better for the environment, with fewer by-products released during manufacturing.

Synthetic: Rayon, nylon, acrylic, polyester, and spandex are fibers that were first engineered to compete with their natural counterparts. A less expensive and quicker production time added to the popularity of these fibers beginning in the 1900’s.

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