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Currently Coveting: Grasscloth Wallpaper


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Generally speaking, I tend to favor warm, light filled spaces that are Instagram approved. But every once in a while, a room just craves that cozy cocoon-like feel that can only be achieved with rich moody hues and layered textures.

In my home, the family room off of the kitchen is where we spend the majority of our time. Even while we were building, we made selections based on utilizing this triangle of kitchen, breakfast room, and family room to work best for our young family. While Kovi or I am in the kitchen, we can keep an eye on the kids playing, or curl up in our overscale sectional for a family movie night.


As we've lived in the home for three years now, it crystalized how this room is physically separate from the rest of the house, and therefore perfect for creating a different mood in. Suddenly sultry grasscloth covered rooms began popping out at me from the pages of magazines and through the depths of Pinterest, and I knew that was going to be the perfect addition. Can't wait to share the process with you!


But first, what is grasscloth? Grasscloth is an umbrella term for any wall covering made from hand-woven strands of natural fibers on an unpasted rice paper backing. The fibers include hemp, jute, seagrass, arrowroot grass, bamboo and raffia. A natural material, it complements almost any design style and lends texture and dimension that a paint job simply can't achieve.


Asian wall coverings made from silk or grass are among the oldest wallpapers we know of. Around 107 – 220 AD, wall treatments were already made from elaborately embroidered silk in China. The grass wallpapers we know and love today also originated in ancient China. Compared to expensive silk wallpapers, they were much cheaper to produce, and they also provided fantastic heat insulation. It didn’t take long until they became a very popular wall treatment all over Asia, and soon they reached European shores via maritime trade routes.






In the meantime, here are some of the images from the around the web that are inspiring me.


xo,

Estie


 

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