Trend Alert: Bamboo Silk

Silk rugs are highly coveted for their extreme softness, luxurious sheen, and tear-resistant, fine fibers, but there is one thing about silk rugs that most people aren’t too fond of, their price. That is why bamboo silk has taken the rug industry by storm. With the benefits of silk and then some, bamboo silk is an affordable alternative to traditional silk because of the nature of the material.

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Bamboo silk is smooth and shiny just like its pricier counterpart, but it also boasts some of the best traits of cotton rugs. For example, unlike regular silk, bamboo silk stays cool to the touch because it breathes well. This also makes the material hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, meaning these rugs are perfect for those with bad allergies.

With so many benefits, it might seem surprising that bamboo silk is affordable. However, when you understand the nature of bamboo, it makes a little more sense. Bamboo is very easy to grow and it does so incredibly fast. In fact, some bamboo grows up to three feet in one day! It is also very easily maintained as it does not need to be replanted when it is cut down and does not require pesticides. Without pesticides, bamboo is less expensive to grow and healthier for both you and the environment.


These benefits along with the easy practices to grow bamboo have led Asian countries to use the material for clothing and art for years. Recently, the rug industry decided to take advantage as well, bringing consumers affordable rugs without making them sacrifice design or style.

Defining Space With Area Rugs

Closed, confined rooms are a thing of the past! Nowadays, people are looking for open floor plans because they allow for maximum natural lighting and feel a lot more spacious. While it is great to have a large, airy room, it is important to create defined spaces in your room or else it will feel disjointed and unwelcoming. The best way to break down your room is with area rugs. For each sitting area, dining area, and other space that you would like to set apart use a different area rug. If you carefully consider the sizes, colors, and patterns of these rugs you will be able to define spaces within your room while also pulling together design elements for one cohesive look.

To keep your room visually appealing, you will want to vary the sizes of your area rugs. If you use rugs that are the same size your room will end up looking crowded and disorganized. Using a few different sizes will look more natural and planned. Choose sizes that compliment the space you are trying to define as well as the furniture within that space. A good rule of thumb is to choose a rug that is large enough to fit all of the furniture on it or the front legs of the furniture.


A unifying color is also crucial when using multiple area rugs in the same room. You don’t need to feel limited to one color but you do need to be sure you have one color that links all of your rugs for design coherence. Without this common color your rugs will clash.


Patterns can also help link the separate spaces within your room together. If you want to incorporate a bold pattern it works best to use it on your largest rug. From there, you can pull one color from the patterned rug to incorporate into the smaller, more subtly patterned rugs in the room. This will keep your room from feeling too busy and overwhelming.


Using multiple rugs in the same room may seem like a design faux pas but as long as you consider size, color, and pattern it may just be the best thing for your space.