Thursday, February 9, 2012

Speaking of Walls No. 4 - Grasscloth

I love the texture and warmth grasscloth wallpaper offers to a room. Whether used on an accent wall, the backs of built-in bookcases, or an entire room - grasscloth wallpaper is a classic and elegant finish.

Grasscloth wallpaper is made from natural grasses and fibers usually grown in Asia and the Caribbean and assembled by hand, making it more costly than other wallpapers. Because these grasses and fibers are abundant, sustainable and renewable, grasscloth is an environmentally friendly option for walls. The fibers are handwoven and backed with paper or fabric.

The process begins with the harvesting of the natural fibers. Many of these grow along wetland areas, streams and mountainous regions. The fibers are isolated from leaves, sometimes fermented and individually chosen for their natural beauty. They are woven together alone or in combination with other grasses and fibers, producing hundreds of different styles.

This look is very transitional. It can be used in a very traditional setting as well as a modern or urban room setting.

Consider adding this texture to a ceiling. It works well with beamed or coffered ceiling treatments.

Here are some of my favorite grasscloth wallpapers:

Ralph Lauren Gilded Weave Bronze

Ralph Lauren Hudson Chevron Check

Phillip Jeffries Extra Fine Arrowroot

I highly recommend you hire a highly experienced installer to hang your grasscloth wallpaper.

Sources: EHow, Beauty & Grace, Suzanne Kasler, Decor Pad, Elle Decor, Ralph Lauren, Phillip Jeffries, Sherill Canet, Traditional Home

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