Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Burlap Bliss

Burlap has always been a favorite material of mine. The course texture of burlap comes from the fact it is made from the skin of the jute plant, one of the least expensive textile crops in the world--and one of the strongest. Jute fibers have a high content of cellulose, a major component of plant stalks, as well as lignin, a constituent of wood. The result is a textile fiber that is part cloth and part wood, heat resistant, easy to dye and very strong. It's entirely natural and biodegradable as well! The texture and casual look of burlap is what makes it so versatile - it can be used in numerous ways, as you'll see in the images below. What do you like / dislike about this material? What other creative ways would you use it?
















IMAGE CREDITS
1&2) OWL PETITE BURLAP FEED SACK PAIR & BURLAP CORK BOARD VIA ETSY
6) VERSAILLES DOMED BURLAP-BACKED CHAIR VIA RESTORATION HARDWARE
7) BURLAP BENCH CUSHIONS VIA COUNTRY LIVING
VIA ETSY
10) BURLAP COUTURE DRUM SHADEBURLAP COVERED DEMIJOHN VIA BALLARD DESIGNS
11) VIA GOOGLE SEARCH
12) CLOTHESPIN BAG WITH BLACK TYPOGRAPHY VIA ETSY 
13) BURLAP / JUTE NAPKIN RINGS VIA ETSY 
14) VIA COUNTRY LIVING
15) HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

19 comments:

  1. Is burlap the same as hessian? If so, it takes me back to craft activities at school. It always frayed like the blazes and was super scratchy. I love the designs of the cushions and chairs in the photos (the banner is charming) but I think I'd like them more in a linen? I know it's super popular but I've always been so much more partial to a luxurious silk - though I think my budget is more burlap!!! :)

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  2. What a really cool post. That burlap wall is so interesting, I've never seen anything like that! I love the pillows! xo

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  3. wonderful post. I am a huge burlap fan, and so glad to find another. aren't those napkin rings the bomb?

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  4. Oh my goodness.... I love the owls, and I nearly died when I got to the butterfly pillow. I have quite a thing about both owls and butterflies! Great post, burlap provides such a great textural element to a room.

    Linda. :)

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  5. Love all the burlap ideas! The curtains are really cool, that would take a lot of material! I've been using burlap lately for my crafts as well....Nice blog!
    marcia

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  6. love this post ... and these pictures are so beautiful.. thank you.

    xoxo,
    raru

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  7. I love the look of burlap - the neutral, earthiness is so my style...but I hate the feel. It is ok in certain contexts, but can often be too scratchy.

    However, I am obsessed with those napkin rings. I love the contrast of the sparkle against the burlap.

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  8. I think I may be addicted to burlap! I love the look and the texture..

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  9. I love burlap too,also it's a green fabric, soon we will have some bags ready online in burlap fabric with amazing treatments ! i am excited
    http://www.fillingspaces.com

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  10. I love burlap! Those little owl pillows are just too cute.

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  11. I soooo want that butterfly pillow! :-) Lovely collection of items, and even lovelier blog! Newest follower here

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  12. Every image you've featured here makes me want to incorporate burlap into our apartment decor -- I've thought about it in the past (recycled coffee sack pillow covers) and didn't, but this makes me want to rethink that decision. I especially love the burlap drapes (who knew jute could look so elegant?) and napkin covers!

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  13. I love look of burlap. That headboard has me swooning! But, I do have to agree with others who said it is quite scratchy. I'm not sure I would want to lounge on a burlap pillow. But, with any other use, I love it.

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  14. i agree with the scratchy element of burlap...definitely better to look at rather thank cozy-up to, right?!

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  15. never has a sack been so attractive!

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  16. Much love for burlap :) <3
    The bookends are adorable! xxx
    Sarah @http://www.inkandbelle.blogspot.com

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  17. Thanks for this informative post. I have seen this fabric around more and more recently and love it but certainly did not know that it was called burlap or that it is made from the jute plant. What really caught my interest is the fact that it is kind to the environment. Thanks I really enjoyed this post.

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  18. Burlap! Who knew! I really like it!

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  19. the bookends are too cute!!!
    xx

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