Grasscloth can be a love or hate wallpaper style. So before you embrace the look or toss the idea out lets look at the benefits and properties compared to the alternative; vinyl wallpapers that look like grasscloth
What is Grasscloth?
Grasscloth is the umbrella term for wallcoverings made of woven, natural fibres like jute, sisal & raffia. They contain lots of texture and uneven threads. This frayed texture equals instant warmth and layers of dimension in your space.
Why use Grasscloth?
Grasscloth when hung shows subtle color variation from panel to panel, horizontal filaments will never line up side to side from one roll to another and usually the dye takes unevenly, creating a beautiful variegated result. This all results in giving a one-of-a-kind, delightfully inconsistant offset finish you just want to run your hands over.
When not to use Grasscloth
Due to the fabric nature of Grasscloth it can’t be cleaned like other “washable” or “scrubbable” wallpapers. Plus it absorbs odours easily so having it in an room where you smoke, near a kitchen or if you have pets may result in it retaining the smells with you unable to clean it. It can be brushed lightly or even very carefully vacuumed.
Cats are a definite no-no, they love scratching their claws along it! And being on the expensive side in the world of wallpaper, you want to ensure you can prolong the life of it.
So why a vinyl?
Vinyl wallpapers are versatile, they can be wiped clean and most are washable. Designers Guild and Casamance have designed vinyl wallpaper to look and feel exactly like grasscloth.
When they are installed they don’t have the panelled effect you get with grasscloth and have the usual expected seamless finish of other wallpapers. You don’t see the joins and the colour is consistent.
However they have the appearance of a grasscloth and feel textured so your room still retains that luxe style.