There’s nothing that compares in both softness and elegance than the pure and Traditional Silk extracted from the silkworm. Still, with the progressive development of an alternative that looks and feels the same in features but costs substantially less than the traditional product, Bamboo Silk is shaking up the traditional market. The fierce competition is on, and Bamboo Silk seems to be winning due to its shorter production span and minor investment cost from extraction to the end product. Still, is it any better than the ancient methods of extracting silk from the silkworm larvae? The straight-answer is No, the traditional silk method still takes an edge over Bamboo Silk for its evergreen market.
Which brings up another question; When buying a silk rug, is it better to go for an exquisite traditional silk rug rather than a durable, cheaper Bamboo Silk?
The Traditional Silk method takes a lot of production time to become what we call a Silk Rug while a Bamboo Silk Rug takes half the time and is produced in larger quantities! Traditional Silk wears off quickly when placed in a high-traffic area while Bamboo Silk is durable, hence it can be placed anywhere. Traditional Silk is delicate and requires more maintenance compared to Bamboo Silk. Also, most Traditional Silk rugs can’t be placed beneath furniture or home appliances as it may lose the silky-smooth sensation. Also, some Bamboo Silk Rugs are not a 100% silk, they may include wool or cotton extracts to make it even more stronger than Traditional Silk. The ideal ratio of Silk to Wool is ¾ to ¼ respectively.
In conclusion, the knot count is still a major highlight point of a Traditional Silk rug as it is higher than that found in a Bamboo Silk rug. Hence, the price tag is usually higher for Traditional Silk based on both its purity and higher knot count per square inch.