Rugs made of Viscose
Although viscose is referred to as rayon, technically, it is not a pure synthetic fibre. It is obtained from the natural cellulose fibres of various types of wood, such as spruce, beech or eucalyptus or from banana fibres. Since this is done in a chemical process in which the pulp is processed into a viscious mass by means of caustic soda and carbon disulfide, viscose is regarded as a plastic. The name viscose is derived from the adjective "viscous", which means thick or gluey.
Properties of viscose
Viscose has a high degree of absorbency and is therefore perfect for dyeing or printing. It has similar properties to cotton, but is suitable for finer processing. Since viscose fibres have a certain shine, they are often used as a cost-effective silk substitute. This shine makes the colours of viscose rugs appear particularly bright in certain lighting.
However, viscose is not quite as hard-wearing as pure silk and viscose fibre has less elasticity and thermo-regulating properties compared to cotton. As viscose is extracted from natural products, it is becoming increasingly popular as a sustainable raw material. Also, for those who suffer from animal allergies, a viscose rug is a good alternative to a rug made of wool fibres.