Posted by JC on 9/25/2012 to Product Guides
Pictured above is our beautiful Equinox Faux Burlap - 100% Polyester, 100% awesome!
Burlap is a wonderful fabric choice for rustic, earthy, and natural settings. Burlap is simplistic, yet elegant at the same time. It's no wonder Burlap is such a popular choice for rustic weddings and nature-themed home decor.
There are a few materials that Burlap can be made from, though one of the commonly used materials for natural Burlap table linen is Jute.
This brief article will outline why our Polyester Faux Burlap options beat Jute in multiple categories.
Softness: Jute is a fairly coarse (rough) fabric. Equinox Faux Burlap and Designer Faux Burlap are both considerably softer than Jute!
Shedding: Jute is made from the fibers of the Jute plant, so it will shed and produce the dreaded "Burlap lint". Not our Equinox or Designer Faux Burlap - both are made from 100% Polyester!
Smell: Jute has something often referred to as "the Burlap smell". Some noses detect gasoline, other noses say 'chemicals'...in any case, Jute certainly has a distinct odor. Our Equinox Faux Burlap and Designer Faux Burlap have no Burlap scent!
Washing: Jute has a major drawback; you can't machine wash it without all but guaranteeing that you'll ruin the fabric. Equinox Faux Burlap and Designer Faux Burlap are both completely machine washable and dryer safe!
Jute Burlap, because it's made from natural plant fibers, has several undesirable characteristics -- it can have slight blemishes and imperfections, it's a coarse (rough) material, it's prone to shedding tiny fibers, it has a distinct odor/scent, and is not machine washable.
Think of our Equinox Faux Burlap and Designer Faux Burlap fabrics as the complete opposite. While looking like Jute, because they're made entirely of Polyester, it means there are NO imperfections, NO super rough texture, NO shedding/lint, NO scent, and YES they can be laundered in practically any home washing machine.
For those who want the look of Burlap, but could do without the shedding, blemishes, scent, and coarseness of natural Jute, we are happy to offer our 100% Polyester Faux Burlap fabrics in a variety of products.
See it before you buy it -- free! Contact us today for a sample of our Faux Burlap materials. It's absolutely free -- we'll even pay the postage. Take a look (and feel) before making your decision.
*This article was edited 12/01/2016.
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