Viscose is neither fully man-made nor natural. It is made by regenerating natural materials into a usable form. The non-static material is often created by mercerizing wood, hemp or cotton to create a plush, silk-like texture. The treated fibres give a luxurious material with high luster or sheen. 

Most rugs made using viscose are hand-tufted, made in India where many wool rugs are made. The cost of viscose is actually higher due to the processes involved in creating the material, making it similarly priced to New Zealand wool rugs.


Characteristics of Viscose Rugs

  • High sheen

  • Silk like touch

  • Soft and cool

  • Breathable

  • Easily dyed in vivid colors.

  • Abrasion resistant.

  • Insect resistant

  • Anti-static

  • Loses strength when wet.

  • Poor stain resistance

  • Relatively expensive


Viscose is an excellent choice for silk-like rugs and highlights without the cost of real silk. It is extremely soft and luxurious, looks and feels like silk and can look stunning in the right home. It does however have poor stain resistance. Because viscose loses strength when wet it can be difficult to wash, it is important not to heavily disturb the pile when wet (i.e. do not scrub it, particularly not in a circular motion) in a similar way to real silk.

Polypropylene, also referred to as heatset and ocassionally frise is a hard-wearing fabric which takes colours well. With a similar touch to wool the fabric is stain resistant, easily washable and abrasive resistant. It is a very common and popular fabric in machine-made rugs due to its wool-like qualities, strength and of production.