Faux Silk and When to Use It

When Your Goal Is More Decoration than Durability

Faux silk in rugs performs a great service to designers: it provides the wonderful sheen and highlighting of real silk at a fraction of the cost. But nothing is free. Faux silk comes with some risks and disadvantages.

My goal is to point these out to you so that you don't get surprised by an irate client with a rug with durability issues.

156498-NIRVANA-COUTURE-ENCHANTMENT-SKY-BLUE-GOLD-7.10-X-9.10SAM
156498-NIRVANA-COUTURE
ENCHANTMENT
SKY-BLUE-GOLD
7.10X9.10

The Basics

Faux silk comes in a variety of forms and under even more names, but the three main flavors are: viscous, bamboo silk and banana silk.

Viscous is another name for rayon. It's made with wood chips in a similar manner to paper. Critics point this out with derogatory comments about paper rugs.

Bamboo silk and banana silk are made from processed fibers of these respective plants. Banana is probably the oldest of these processes. The Japanese have been making banana silk since the 13th Century.

JN-078_1514993947KAL rug with faux silk
JN-078_1514993947KAL

Questions that Need to Be Answered

Where is this rug going to be used?

Is it a high trafficked area like a foyer or a transit room?

Or is it going to a low trafficked area like a guest room?

Who is going to be walking on it?

Are there lots of kids in the family?

Are there pets?

Knowing these answers will help you to predict the lifespan and practicality of the faux silk rug. This will also help you avoid an irate client who feels you sold an inappropriate product.

NOT114573BSTR rug with faux silk
NOT114573BSTR

Suggestions

Know the answers to the above questions.

Suggest to your client that durability can be enhanced by having the rug Fiber Sealed before delivery.

Make it understood that faux silk can be cleaned, but it's difficult and requires a good professional cleaner.

Repeat: know what you have and that it's in the right spot.

Mike Bailey

Canvas_Denim.WEB_2048x2048Tuf rug with faux silk
Canvas_Denim.WEB_2048x2048Tuf

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