Some of the neatest and most distinctive of all outdoor rugs is the outdoor rug made of bamboo.
Bamboo has a long history, particularly in East Asia, as a source of raw material, building materials, and food for both humans and animals, a fact particularly well known for the Panda bear, as well as something available in any Asian market or restaurant, such as bamboo shoots. Some other interesting things that can be made of or with bamboo include musical instruments such as flutes and drums, medicines, sweets, bamboo jewelry, decorative bamboo stones and ornaments, and lamps.
The bamboo plant itself comes in a variety of types, with over 1,000 species of bamboo trees! Certain bamboo trees can grow up to two feet in a single day!
When it comes to outdoor bamboo rugs, there is one brand that we love more than any other, and it’s known simply as Anji Mountain, taking its name from the Anji Mountains of China. What is significant about this area? The Anji Mountains are known all over the world for their bamboo, and for their ability to harvest high quality long lasting bamboo.
Anji Mountain Bamboo Rugs capitalize on this fact, making some of the best – if not thee best – indoor and outdoor rugs made of bamboo on the planet.
What are the reasons that Anji Bamboo Outdoor Rugs stand out so much in a market full of bamboo products and bamboo rugs? As mentioned, their bamboo is from the Anji Mountains. But it’s not just “from there”. Anji Mountains products are made of bamboo which is not only grown and harvested in the Anji Mountains, but is manufactured, finished, assembled, and then literally packaged and shipped from the Anji mountains, too. This is the real deal!
One reason that this area of China is so well known for its bamboo is that it’s actually the only region in the world where the bamboo goes through what’s known as a “winter freeze”. During this freeze, the fibers of the bamboo grow tighter and thus stronger, resulting in a harder bamboo product of increased strength.
From here, its the policies of Anji Mountain Rugs that makes their products stand out. Their Anji bamboo is grown for 5 or more years before being harvested, allowing the bamboo to grow harder and harder each season.
In order to make the bamboo suitable for manufacturing into a product, it is put through whats known as carbonization. This is a process for removing oils and moisture that may otherwise reside in the bamboo stalks. It also more fully brings out the colors and natural beauty of the plant, while at the same time strengthening the fibers to create the hard, strong bamboo rug that the Anji Mountain Bamboo Company is famous for.
Of course manufacturing machines are used to assist in the mass production of such products, but its nice to know that every bamboo rug they make is hand sanded with the help of humans hands as well as machines, as part of their commitment to making a bamboo rug with a finish that you can rub your hands and finger tips on and only experience a hard and decidedly smooth bamboo finish.