Beautiful Burlap

FORTY IS THE NEW THIRTY 

BURLAP IS THE NEW SILK

My grandmother had a saying…”She would even look good in a burlap sack.”  That was her colorful way of flattery. So it seems, that lowest rung on the textile ladder has taken on an entirely different reputation. Burlap and Grain Sack Cloth have fought and clawed their way into the hearts of the best interiors.

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Beautiful antiques have been upholstered with burlap for hundreds of years. Burlap was used to contain the stuffing and springs. Finer fabrics were then used to cover the burlap for a finished product. Recently, however, we have been more accepting and appreciative of the raw beauty in burlap. Restoration Hardware has an entire furniture series devoted to the look of the deconstructed chair.

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Today’s bolts of burlap are treated by manufacturers to provide a softer texture. This eliminates fear of the stiff and scratchy.

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The neutral ingredients of burlap are it’s texture and color. It is equally at home in contemporary surroundings as well as a European farmhouse. Whereas you might consider burlap to be stiff, I prefer to consider it strong bodied.

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Tufted or tucked, pleated or plain…burlap and grain sack will bend to your will and fulfill your expectations.

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When met with the challenge of covering an oversized round table, burlap is an economical and visually appealing choice. The raw edge has a character of it’s own, therefore no need to be concerned with hemming.

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Draping burlap affords the opportunity to dress windows, accent bookshelves and divide spaces with texture.

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For a textile that has long held the reputation of being the poor man’s fabric, it certainly has labored hard to dismiss such a misconception. Burlap covered walls…outstanding!  One would be hard pressed to find a more versatile style maker.

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Practical and pretty. The combination is hard to imagine but not impossible to achieve.

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This humble burlap can bring life back to a long forgotten chair cushion as well as be a soldier in the garden.

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Wrapping concrete planters with burlap will protect them in winter and lining planting baskets will hold the soil in place.

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Perhaps my grandmother would find her saying no longer applicable today…perhaps not.  There will always be chairs and cushions, walls and windows, trees and tables, and always a pretty girl in a burlap sack.

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Find your burlap, your hidden beauty, your strong possibilities every day because…

EVERY DAY MATTERS

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