Fibre & Materials
Explore the origins, unique characteristics and benefits of the fibres we use.
Bamboo silk is a natural fibre also called bamboo viscose or bamboo rayon and made with a manmade process. Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass, the bamboo fibre is then made by pulping the bamboo grass until it separates into thin threads of fibre, which is then spun and dyed for weaving into cloth.
Cotton is derived from the ball, or protective case, around the seeds of the cotton plant. Cotton fibres have a definite length (staple). The longer the staple, the better. Premium cotton, made from the longest fibres, is smooth and lustrous. Lower grades, made from shorter fibres, may appear fuzzy and dull.
Hemp is often considered an environmental “super fibre”. The fabric is made from the fibres in the herbaceous plant of the species cannabis sativa. Hemp is an extremely fast-growing crop, producing more fibre yield per acre than any other source. This strong and durable fibre is lightweight and absorbent, with three times the tensile strength of cotton.
Jute is a soft, flexible and hard-wearing fibre derived from the outer stem and skin of the jute plant. The fibres are long, lustrous and resilient with a natural colour in the light tan to brown range but can also be bleached and dyed. Jute is one of the most affordable natural fibres and it is second only to cotton in amount produced and variety of uses.
Linen is derived from cellulose fibres that grow inside the stalks of the flax plant. Used for centuries due to its natural properties, linen is popular in today’s interiors for the timeless, beautifully simple, casual style it creates. Linen is considered as a luxury fibre (superior to cotton) because of its lustre and texture.
Fake fur, also known as faux fur, is predominantly made from modacrylic fibre. Modacrylic is a synthetic copolymer (a form of acrylic fibre made from various chemicals). It was developed for silky pile fabrics -featuring soft, strong, resilient, and light weight characteristics that can easily be dyed. As an acrylic fibre, it is resistant to moths & mildew and is non-allergenic. Synthetic fur fabrics are often created by a sliver knitting process using specialised knitting equipment.
Unlike polyester, recycled polyester uses PET as the raw material. This is the same material that is used in clear plastic water bottles and recycling it to create the fabric prevents it from going to landfill. The process of converting PET into recycled polyester requires 33-53% less energy than normal polyester. Using more recycled polyester reduces our dependence on petroleum as the raw material for our fabric needs.
Polyester is a synthetic fabric, commonly derived from petroleum. These extremely strong fabrics and fibres can be manufactured and woven for specific use – from fine sheers to heavy upholsteries, depending on the required usage. Polyester is easily washed and dried and will also retain its shape. The fabric is highly resistant to environmental conditions, making it perfect for outdoor use.
Polypropylene originates from a pellet (as shown), a thermoplastic polymer. As a fibre, is known for its flexibility and softness making it excellent for creating durable rugs, particularly the shaggy type. The fibre is created by the raw product being heated at very high temperatures. It is then forced through tiny holes in steel plates to form an extruded fibre. The fibre is then stretched, spun and twisted into various forms of yarns, ranging in colour, thicknesses and finish.
Silk, the queen of textiles, is synonymous with softness, sophistication and grandeur. Silk is made from a fibre that comes from the silkworm. The silkworm creates its cocoon from very long silk fibres which are harvested from mulberry trees. One of the primary benefits of this material remains the elegant appearance and the classical yet luxurious look that it instantly adds to any home.
Noted for its genuine silk-like qualities, viscose (formerly called viscose rayon, or rayon) is a versatile fibre which has similar comfort properties to natural fibres. Viscose rayon is a semi-synthetic fibre made from regenerated cellulose; it is structurally similar to cotton but may be produced from a variety of plants such as soy, bamboo, and sugar cane.
Wool is a natural and sustainable fibre made from sheep fleece. A popular option for interiors with resurgence in the demand for quality natural fibres. Wool is highly durable and with excellent thermal insulation properties it can regulate temperature by trapping air between the fibres, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.