Viscose, which is also known as art silk, or rayon is frequently viewed as an artificial fibre. In fact, it is neither natural nor artificial it sits in between. Viscose fibres are made from the cellulose in wood pulp; the cellulose is combined with caustic soda and carbon disulphide combing natural and manmade properties. This combination of natural and man made makes viscose a unique fibre; it is used successfully in the home in lots of modern rugs.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of viscose is its shine. It is frequently compared to silk because of its soft and shiny nature. Lots of companies will work with viscose rather than silk because it is much cheaper but still has an elegant and luxurious aesthetic. Colour is popular with viscose because of its excellent colour retention, this means it dyes easily and is capable of producing very bright and bold colours. The silk like shine will reflect the light adding to the pattern and surface of the rug as seen below on Graced by Linie Design.
Viscose is frequently used with other fibres such as wool or cotton as it blends well creating a slight shine or contrasting texture to a design. Combining fibres not only will change the fibre visually it will also combine fibre properties. For example combining wool or cotton with viscose will make it a lot more durable than a 100% viscose rug.
The cellulose in viscose naturally turns yellow with moisture. We are all guilty of knocking over a glass; spillages are inevitable in most houses so it is important to understand how to deal with them. Acting fast is crucial; blot the spillage with a paper towel or cloth being careful not to spread the moisture. You can get rid of any marks on your viscose rug by using an acetic acid or citrus acid. It is important to dry the rug quickly and faced down.
Different fibres will suit each home differently, don’t necessarily rush for the 100% natural rugs or the cheapest, as it will be the properties of the fibres that will allow you to enjoy your rug the most. Click here to browse our vast range of rugs.