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How to Choose a Bamboo Rug

Sailee Kale
Placing a rug in a room adds to its decor. Bamboo rugs are becoming increasingly popular nowadays. If you plan to buy a bamboo rug for your home, but are unsure about how to choose one, here are a few suggestions that will throw some light on the topic.
Bamboo, the fastest growing plant in the world, is highly sustainable, and has numerous uses, and one of them is making rugs or mats out of it. Bamboo rugs, or mats, add a dash of style and an aesthetic sense to any room.
They give an oriental feel to your house and look equally good on all types of flooring, be it hardwood, marble, or tile. Not only are they durable, they are the perfect choice for those rooms which are prone to heavy foot traffic. Used for centuries in Asian countries, rugs made from bamboo are now fast becoming a trend in the United States.

Tips to Choose a Bamboo Rug

Bamboo mats or rugs are the most environment friendly and economical products. They are available in varying shades of brown, and you can choose the color that goes well with the furnishings and decor of your house.
They can be placed anywhere in the house, in your hall, kitchen, passageway, bedroom, bathroom, or even outdoors in the patio (especially if you have wooden furniture) or around the swimming pool. In fact, it blends in very well with most outdoor settings.
Whatever shade of brown you choose, remember that it must blend in with the tone of your furniture and walls. Go in for a contrasting shade of brown if the rug is to be the focus of attention in your room.
If you have a vibrant, outgoing personality and have decorated your house accordingly, then dark brown or deep chocolate-brown rugs will suit better. For a more sober decor, opt for lighter shades of brown, typically in beige or other earthy colors. They will give your home more of a country feel as opposed to an urban look.
Rectangular rugs give a more sophisticated, modern look, and circular rugs offer a more earthy feel. These rugs can also be dyed in different colors, so you can even add a splash of color to your room!
Bamboo mats can also be combined with soft cotton fabrics, which increases their absorbing power, and hence they make excellent doormats, welcome mats, and even bath mats.
For using bamboo mats outdoors, especially in cold weather conditions, look for the ones which are manufactured from Anji Mountain area of China. The wood is extremely durable, and can withstand the severity of cold climates. Slatted bamboo floor mats are also gaining popularity, and require the same kind of care as your regular hardwood floor.
At entryways and passageways, place bamboo runners. Since they withstand wear and tear and are slip resistant, they help avoid accidental slips. Bamboo rugs sewn at the edges with a colorful cotton binding, mixed with jute and sisal hemp add a special charm to the interior.

Caring for Your Bamboo Rug

Most bamboo mats or rugs are coated with layers of polyurethane, which protects the bamboo from stains and scratches. To clean your rug, sweep and vacuum it to get rid of dirt particles and food crumbs that might have lodged themselves inside. Do not keep them in direct sunlight, they will fade over time.
Wipe off any spilled liquids immediately. You can use a wet cloth to clean it, but take care that water does not remain on the rug after you have cleaned it. Moisture can harm bamboo. Do not roll up a wet bamboo mat, wait until it has dried off completely.
With their antimicrobial, antifungal, and odor-resistant properties, they are very suitable for people who are allergic to rugs and carpets. Bamboo rugs have a wide use, and can be used creatively in many places.
You can use them in your kid's play area, take them to the beach or picnic, use the bigger ones as area rugs, or smaller ones for a more personal use. Simple, elegant, as well as friendly on the pocket, they can be an exquisite addition to any room with their soothing presence.