Anji Captures the Practical Elegance of Bamboo in Its Rugs
- Jul 12, 2011
St. Louis–Bamboo typically conjures images of pandas and lush mountain forests, not a plush floor covering. A unique product line at Anji Mountain Bamboo Rug Co. is challenging this notion. The company, which was founded in 2003, has a full line of rugs and chair mats made from the plant that is renowned for its strength and sustainability.
The Bamboo Shag line at Anji is softer than traditional shag rugs made from wool or synthetic fibers—not exactly what one would expect with a rug made from such a hearty plant. Anji achieves this remarkable feat thanks to a yarn blend that is 80 percent bamboo and 20 percent cotton. The rugs are available in ivory, beige, crimson, coffee bean, black and sage colors. This product is an especially good fit for eco-conscious allergy sufferers, since bamboo yarn is naturally hypo-allergenic and hardly sheds at all. The Bamboo Shag line is available in five sizes ranging from 3 feet by 5 feet to 9 feet by 12 feet.
For a more traditional bamboo feel and look, check out the Villager and Mountain Collections. The bamboo is kiln-dried, machine-planed and sanded for a smooth vanish. The narrow to mid-wide slats achieve a rustic look with a contemporary flare thanks to the bold colors and patterns with subtle accent stitching. A natural color is also available for those looking to really capture the essence of bamboo in their living space. The Villager and Mountain Collections are also available in a variety of sizes, from 2 feet by 3 feet to 7 feet by 10 feet. A seven-foot round rug is also available.
Aesthetics aside, there are several ecological reasons for choosing a bamboo rug. First of all, Bamboo grows at an extremely fast rate. With some species growing more than three feet in a single day, there is no faster growing plant in the world. The plant quickly fills back in a plot after proper harvesting. Harvest times vary between one to five years depending on the species. Hardwoods such as oak can take up to 40 years to mature. Bamboo is also effective at sequestering carbon dioxide and releases 35 percent more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent stand of hardwood trees. And there is no need to worry that your new Anji rug deprived a panda of a meal since the giant panda does not inhabit the range where the company sustainably harvests its bamboo.