4 Things To Know About Grasscloth Wallpaper

Grasscloth wallpaper is a type of wallpaper that is made from natural materials. If you are considering putting wallpaper or a wallcovering up in your home, it is worth it to consider using grasscloth on your walls.

1. Made from Natural Fibers

Grasscloth is actually an umbrella term used to describe most wallcoverings made from natural fibers that are handwoven and attached to an unpasted rice paper backing. The natural fibers used for the paper can vary. However, the most common fibers used include bamboo, raffia, arrowroot grass, jute, hemp, and seagrass. No synthetic materials are used in the construction of grasscloth wallpaper, making it an eco-friendly option for your home.

2. Each One is Unique

As grasscloth is made from natural fibers and is handwoven, each roll of grasscloth will look unique, even when it is of the same pattern or color. There will be variations in the size, color, and value of the fibers from one paper roll to the next. Different fiber types absorb dye differently, with some unevenly absorbing the dye, creating beautiful variations in the paper.

With grasscloth wallpaper, it is not about uniformity; it is about having something that is unique and natural and has its own character. It is not a machine-made product, and the small variations from one roll to the next help to showcase this.

3. Works Best in Rooms Without Water

Grasscloth works bests in rooms where water and moisture are not a concern. It works really well in living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and offices. It is not the best wall covering choice for bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens, where moisture and water can be an issue.

Due to the use of natural materials, water can cause the natural dyes to bleed from the paper. In addition, the natural fibers can also easily develop watermarks, with the propensity for watermarks varying based on the fibers used in the cloth.

You also can't just wipe down the grasscloth with cleaner, so you don't want to use it in a room where hygiene matters, like a bathroom or kitchen.

4. Absorbs Smells

Finally, it is essential to understand that as grasscloth is made with natural fibers, it is porous, which means that it can absorb smells. Therefore, you may not want to place it in rooms where strong scents are present, as those scents will linger on in the room as they cling to the paper. 

Grasscloth wallpaper and coverings can add layers of natural and unique beauty to your home, as each roll will be unique in its own way. It should be used in rooms without strong scents and in rooms where moisture is not an issue.