I am a lover of all things rustic and rugged.
Where others may see a dilapidated old barn near a wooded tree line as an eyesore, I see an earthy wholesome beauty that only comes with exposure to the elements and the passage of time. Someone may look at an old horse-drawn plow quietly rusting in a long forgotten garden and think it unsightly. I would see the same plow as an accidental work of folk art standing as a testament to days long past.
It may be that I am attracted to these things because I myself am of a “rustic” nature and believe that it is the imperfections in this world that add color and depth to life.
This is why I am a huge fan of Burlap. It is truly one of my favorite items that we sell!
Burlap looks as if it was grown instead of woven and, to me, seems almost alive.
Unlike other, more refined fabrics made from cotton or synthetic materials, burlap at its core has a natural warmth that radiates the beauty of imperfection. It is uneven and coarse and often has flaws and blemishes in the weave. It is precisely these flaws and inconsistencies that give burlap its distinctively unrefined charm.
Burlap stands out as the base of any decorative accent looking to convey a natural, country-rustic look.
Its flaws and uneven pattern give any creation a more unsophisticated, casual and organic appeal. You can use it to make rugged looking table runners, beautiful chair sashes, robust wall hangings, and gorgeous one-of-a-kind wreaths to adorn your door. You can also use burlap as an accent to either complement or contrast just about any decorative idea that comes to mind. I have even witnessed people using burlap as dust covers for beds, creating custom curtains and using burlap to upholstered vintage chairs. I have many times been truly inspired by people’s creative use of this wonderful product. You can use it as a natural looking gift wrap and its is also great for use in crafts, home decor and table accents. You are limited only by your imagination.
Poly Burlap or Faux-Burlap (Burlaps more refined cousin)
If there is one item that I like more than burlap, it’s Poly-Burlap.
Poly Burlap burst onto the scene a while back and has made huge waves with designers, wedding planners, event coordinators, craft makers, wreath makers, and home consumers alike.
It LOOKS like burlap, FEELS like burlap, BEHAVES like burlap, but does not smell like burlap. Most natural burlap has a distinct musky smell that can be unpleasing to some people. Not so with Poly Burlap.
Unlike natural Jute Burlap, Poly Burlap is weather resistant and lends itself well to outdoor decorative items.It may cost a little more, but its weather resistant characteristics coupled with the fact that you can release your “inner-rustic self” outside as well as in, more than makes up for the difference in price.
You can use Poly Burlap to create lovely outdoor wreaths, light post wraps, tree ribbons, a mailbox topper and so on. The possibilities are endless!
Poly Burlap comes in a variety of shades, widths and lengths.
My front door is currently decorated with a beautiful poly burlap wreath that was crafted in one of our stores and the neighbors absolutely love it.
These are some of the reasons why I LOVE this stuff, and I’m sure you will to.
Be sure to check out some of the burlap items in our store at the link below.