With over 50 years of experience, Loomah are at the forefront of the design and supply of traditional and contemporary luxury bespoke carpets and rugs.
Loomah have such a diverse range of products and designs available and with endless possibilities in colour, material and texture, we understand the process of commissioning a custom made carpet or rug can be overwhelming. In a series of blog posts, we are exploring the myriad materials and techniques available and their unique properties to help you create a bespoke carpet or rug that is truly unique to you.
In today’s post we are discussing bamboo. Made using fibre derived from the bamboo plant, our bamboo carpets and rugs are wonderfully soft under foot and have a beautiful lustre to rival silk but at a comparatively low price.
Classed as a renewable, eco-friendly and sustainable material, bamboo is becoming an increasingly popular raw material. Regarded as one of the world’s most sustainable resources, bamboo is not only one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, but it can also regenerate and will continue to grow from the root after it has been harvested eliminating deforestation. Bamboo also requires no chemicals or pesticides to grow as it gets all the nutrients it needs from its own fallen leaves which fertilise the soil.
However, over the years bamboo carpets have gained a reputation in the interior design industry for being impossible to clean with many choosing to steer clear of using bamboo in favour of other materials. “This is very true of a lot of the cheaper bamboo carpets that are readily available on the market,” says Andrew Cotgrove, managing director and co-founder of Loomah.
At Loomah we use only the finest and most luxurious yarns in the manufacture of our hand tufted carpets and rugs and source only the highest quality bamboo yarn on the market. We also work closely Highgrade, who specialise in the cleaning and maintenance of luxury handmade carpets and have developed a unique cleaning process which is safe to use on even the most delicate of materials including bamboo.
We highly recommend stain proofing your bamboo carpet or rug to prolong its life. “Spillages are inevitable”, says Simon from Highgrade. “Stain proofing seals each fibre and helps to avoid stains absorbing into the pile. One simple application will significantly improve the life and performance of your hand tufted carpet and once treated they are much easier to clean”.
“Stain proofing seals each fibre and helps to avoid stains absorbing into the pile”
The delicate nature of bamboo means it is best suited to areas of light domestic use such as living rooms, bedrooms and dressing rooms. And whilst effective care and cleaning can prolong the life of your handmade bamboo carpet, it is important to note that excessive water weakens the fibre and can change the appearance of the pile.
Bamboo is becoming an increasingly popular choice for our customers when commissioning a bespoke carpet or rug. Offering an affordable alternative to silk whilst remaining similar in appearance, bamboo has an innate lustre and feels extremely soft and luxurious to touch.
“The high sheen and natural lustre of bamboo adds a fluidity to designs”
“Bamboo is a lovely material to work with”, says Antonina, designer at Loomah. “The high sheen and natural lustre of bamboo adds a fluidity to designs, lending itself beautifully to creating graduations in colour”.
Bamboo also works beautifully as an accent. “Using bamboo as a design detail against a contrasting wool background can elevate even the simplest of designs”, adds Antonina. “The use of wool provides increased durability whilst the lustre of the bamboo yarn creates an added a sense of luxury to the overall finish of the carpet.”
For more information on commissioning a bespoke carpet or rug or to discuss a project please contact us.