Viscose & Other Silk-Like Fibers in Your Rugs – What You Need to Know
By Lynn Tall. Rug Advocate®
Real silk (spun from silk worms) is a very expensive fiber. That’s why you can find so many types of less expensive imitation silk fibers in modern rug manufacturing. These various silk-like yarns are called many things: art-silk, bamboo silk, banana silk, coconut silk, viscose, tencel, mercerized cotton, and faux soie. None of these wear or respond to cleaning like real silk does.
Like wool, real silk is a protein-based fiber. It’s fine and soft, but it’s hearty and can take some wear. Unlike real silk, imitation silk fibers are all plant-based, lower-performing fibers. They are also fine and soft, but are more susceptible to premature UV/sunlight fading, texture change with light to moderate use, and discoloration with exposure to moisture.
It’s ok if you have purchased or are about to purchase a rug with faux silk fibers!
Faux silk fibers are an affordable substitute for real silk, and can be quite luxurious and beautiful if maintained properly.
Please call us if we can answer any additional questions you may have about your silk or faux silk rugs!