What is Grasscloth?
Typically made from natural fibers such as jute, hemp, sisal and reed, grasscloth wallpaper is a beautiful decorating material. This lustrous, natural wallcovering gives rooms a sophisticated texture, providing an elegance suitable for a wide range of styles—from classic to modern.
Most of the grasscloth produced today is hand-crafted in Asia. Harvested from sustainable crops of renewable fibers, air-dried in the sun and colored with water-based vegetable dyes in a multitude of hues, grasscloth remains earth-friendly throughout every stage of its lifecycle.
Grasscloth production is labor intensive. Using the natural fiber of choice, skilled artisans meticulously hand-weave lightweight cotton threads together, and the finished product is usually fastened on a thin rice paper backing. Despite being hidden from view once grasscloth is installed, this special paper backing provides the necessary strength and structure needed to ensure longevity.
Grasscloth comes in many different textures and colors. A finer weave construction gives a smooth and modern look, while a thicker weave gives a more rustic feel. Grasscloth colors are created by hand using water-based vegetable dyes; as a result, the natural dyes will bleed or stain when in contact with water. Grasscloth is a great accent for powder rooms, bedrooms, or dressing rooms but is not a suitable option in a bathroom with a shower or directly surrounding a tub or sink. Because of its intricate construction, grasscloth must be lightly vacuumed to remove any dust and dirt that may accumulate on its surface.
There’s a lot to love about grasscloth wallpaper. Grasscloth is a natural product that will inject just the right dose of texture in an organic yet sophisticated fashion. It evokes instant warmth and dimension to any space. Using natural fibers creates subtle color variations from panel to panel, thereby giving rooms a one-of-a-kind vibe. For fans of grasscloth, these unique characteristics only add to its charm.