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Hemp rugs are made from hemp grass (also known as mountain grass) grown in the highlands of China. The thick, rigid reeds of the hemp plant are non-porous and smooth. Despite being reeds, they are soft underfoot and very pliable. These fibers give off a slight natural sheen of warm tan hues.
This eco-friendly material goes through very little processing before being spun into yarn cords, producing a smooth broadloom with a naturally durable finish. Depending on harvest conditions, the fibers may even retain some moisture when they are woven which can give off a characteristic hay-like scent that dissipates over time.
Hemp rugs are relatively low maintenance. Dirt does not cling to the fibers and the tan hue of the rug hides much dirt and dinge. Weekly vacuuming without the beater bar can keep the rug looking new. However, hemp does absorb moisture, which makes it susceptible to mold and mildew. Hemp rugs should not be used in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, or any other rooms that tend to be damp or humid.