How Bamboo Rugs Are Made

View of the Anji Mountains

Where Do Bamboo Rugs Come From?

Have you ever wondered where the bamboo used in bamboo rugs comes from? Our bamboo rugs have their origins in the Anji region of Zhejiang province, China. Bamboo rug origins are home to some of the most plentiful bamboo groves on the planet. Bamboo is central to the economy there, providing the materials for making furniture, textiles, art pieces, and construction materials as well as providing a beautiful and serene location for sightseeing. Products made from the bamboo stalks include bamboo rugs, bamboo flooring, bamboo mats, furniture, and more. Bamboo rugs and other products from the Anji region are sold around the world and account for a large portion of the Chinese bamboo industry's total income.

The fastest growing plant on Earth, bamboo can grow up to four feet a day, which makes it abundant and quick to replenish itself. Materials made from bamboo such as bamboo rugs and chair mats are durable and long lasting, so their use is highly sustainable. Our bamboo rugs are made with bamboo from the Pearl River region of Anji County in China. They can be used as an outdoor rug in a covered patio or porch or, most commonly, indoors for aesthic and practical decor. Lay bamboo rugs out for a flexible, comfortable, and attractive floor covering that conveniently rolls up for storage.

Rather than buying a rug made from synthetic materials that will take a lot of time and effort to clean and maintain, try a sustainable bamboo rug. Simple, sustainable, and convenient to store and clean, our bamboo rugs are the perfect answer for your green decorating needs.


Bamboo Slicer

 How Bamboo Rugs Are Made

 To harvest the bamboo, local workers use a sharp blade similar to a sickle, and walk around the stalk and chip away at the ends until it falls down. The bamboo is then transported to a facility still within the mountains to be cut to proper dimensions. From there, the stalks are cut from one solid piece into large slats using a uniquely shaped saw, almost like a really sharp apple slicer, and then fed through another machine that sizes down the slats further. These slats are then run through a steam machine that makes them more pliable and easier to manipulate. Another machine sews the strips together to make a long, smooth roll of bamboo as workers manually feed it individual pieces. 

During these processes, piles of sawdust accumulate around the machinery.  In true reduce, reuse, recycle fashion, workers take care not to waste, reusing the sawdust as fuel for the steaming machine.

The bamboo slats are run through a series of machines that attach them and sew them together before the soft backing and decorative cloth border are hand-sewn on. They're then packaged up and shipped to our distribution centers in the states where they await your purchase!