Hemp Rugs in Heritage Design from India Craft Bazaar
Hemp area rugs from India Craft bazaar are unique products. Both stylish in design and versatile in usage, these affordable, all natural area rugs make an ideal choice for any decor. These can be used either indoor or moderately outdoor (patio, balcony etc.).
Hemp as a fibre makes sense ecologically and aesthetically. In fact, hemp fibre is stronger than cotton, and its dense heavy weave lays flat. Hemp Area Rugs have a naturally course texture, and will soften somewhat with time and actually become stronger as it wears. Hemp is also naturally resistant to rot and mildew. It’s strong. It’s beautiful, and it’s an excellent fibre choice for a new generation.
What’s special about hemp area rugs
Hemp grows without pesticides and chemicals fertilisers. It actually outruns weeds. Nearly every part of the hemp plant –from the stalk to the seeds–can be utilised for products such as cosmetics, textiles, and fibreboard.
Hemp grows up to 150 times faster than trees and yields four times as much fibre per acre. Consumption of hemp products conserves oil and timber resources.
When you buy hemp area rugs, you not only help in ecological conservation, but also support smallholder farmers and home artisans, for whom these natural resources are the only source of livelihood
Care & Maintenance Tips
Please follow these simple guidelines to keep your hemp area rugs and carpets in good clean, in good shape and last long.
- Cleaning: When cleaning your hemp rug it is best to first start with using water and a toothbrush or a scrub brush depending on the size of the area you want to clean. If the area is large, we advise taking the rug outside and hosing it down. It can be left outside to dry in the summer, or hung to air dry inside. Occasionally, water is not sufficient to clean the hemp rug. In this situation, we advise using a very mild dish soap or detergent along with a toothbrush or scrub brush to clean the area. After using the mild soap, it is important to rinse the area thoroughly as any residue left on the rug may give it a powdered appearance.
- Spill Removal: The best way to remove spills is to act as and when it happens. Soak the spilled liquid off with an absorbent cloth, microfibre cloth, or if nothing is available, put lots of face tissues or paper napkins on it. Once the liquid has been absorbed, the remaining spot can be gently wiped. In case there is need to use soap; follow this rule of thumb; if you can’t use the soap on yourself, don’t use it on the rug.
- Protect from Direct Sunlight: Ultra violet rays in sunlight reacts with the natural dyes of the fibre and makes rugs look fade (sun burnt). Hence, make sure rugs and carpets are not exposed to direct sunlight, use curtains or if the rug is being used outdoor, cover it with a used bed sheet during the time of the day when direct sunlight falls on it.
- Trimming & Shaping: It is uncommon for the corners of your Hemp Area Rug to curl. However, if this occurs, the rug can be flipped and rolled tightly in the reverse or opposite direction of the curl. Let the rug sit curled for 10 to 20 minutes and then lay flat. If this doesn’t completely correct the curl, the corner can be lightly sprayed with water before trying the reverse curling technique. After uncurling, be sure to flatten and allow to dry completely. A heavy block may be placed on the drying corner as an additional aid against curling.
- Keep safe from moisture and water: Moisture and water are very bad for all sorts of carpets and rugs, especially the tufted carpets, because water can accumulate under the backing, thereby creating mould growth, which will also damage floorings. If you suspect any wet part in your carpet, immediately reverse it to see if there is accumulated water underneath. You can use desiccators available in market to keep near or under carpets to absorb moisture.
- Storage: The Best way to store carpets is to first cover the top with an old bed sheet and then roll it up so that the bed sheet remains inside. Never try to fold a rug or carpet (unless it is flat cotton dhurrie) as this may permanently damage its stricture
- Annual Cleaning: All knotted and tufted rugs, including flat weave hemp rugs, need a professional cleaning once in a year. In warm countries, woollen rugs are replaced with cotton rugs during summer and opposite in winter. Before storing the rugs for next season, it is recommended that it is professionally cleaned, properly rolled up and then stored with mothballs inside a sufficiently airtight cover (a plastic sheet wrapped tightly around the roll)
Hemp use dates back ten thousand years, along with the production of pottery in ancient times. A piece of hemp fabric was found to be the oldest human artefact and dated at 8000 BC. Also surprising is may be, the same hemp family is the source of marijuana; for which hemp is mostly banned in many countries and that makes hemp rugs a collectible item