The most common images one conjures up when thinking of bamboo is those wonderful pictures of the giant pandas held in a zoo in China, munching away on lovely fresh bamboo stalks. Bamboo is actually a grass though with modern manufacturing processes, is able to be turned into highly attractive, durable and versatile bamboo flooring for homes, stores, offices and restaurants.
Bamboo flooring history probably dates back millennia, to when ancient Chinese peasants used it in its most rudimentary form – slashed and placed on the ground – to cover the dirt and keep their homes clean and hygienic.
Today’s applications are far more extensively engineered, of course, and the material is enjoying a surge in popularity as more and more homeowners recognize it for the advantageous product that it is.
Bamboo, the wonder kid of Home Décor
Modern flooring uses for this grassy, woody wonder date back to just a decade ago. The ever increasing esteem in which Asian-influenced décor is held has been responsible for the introduction of materials from that region of the world, including silken fabrics, rice paper soft furnishings and rattan chairs and so on. Bamboo is used in so many ways but only in the last ten years or so has it become a mainstream item for floors. Bamboo flooring history may be in its youth but it sure is a wonder kid.
For Eastern cultures, bamboo has been a symbolic material for many hundreds of years. It variously represents good luck, longevity, strength, resiliency, flexibility and nature itself. Our modern sensitivities appreciate these virtues and particularly the Feng Shui philosophies have come into their own as a major consideration in construction and interior design. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that the history of bamboo flooring has seen it become an important choice for home owners and for those decorating their business premises.
The world pays attention to environmental causes
Since the world is beginning to pay more attention now than ever before to the issues of ecological sustainability and renewable resources, bamboo flooring has been one of the star performers amongst products of its ilk.
Whereas once, traditional timbers such as cedar, oak and rosewood were highly prized, the movement has swayed towards materials that can be regenerated without causing scars upon the environment. Plantation timbers were the first step towards this understanding but now, bamboo has stepped up to claim best and fairest.
In the history of bamboo flooring, at no time has its outstanding ecological soundness been more apparent than now. With everyone talking about offsetting carbon emissions and not razing vital rainforests to bare earth for the sake of the world’s future, it’s no surprise that a natural material that is able to be harvested within five years and then re-grown, is so sought after.
Clean and Green Bamboo
Cutting down fewer trees by far, and in their place, using bamboo which is just as attractive, equally as durable and produced with an environmental conscience is bound to have a positive effect on the mindset of consumers choosing their floor treatments.
Aside from those issues, however, is the fact that bamboo is ‘clean and green’. It is able to be manufactured without harmful effluents making their way into the air, soil or water, and due to its lightweight, is more easily transported without the fuel-wasting considerations of much heavier materials. As history evolves, bamboo flooring is making itself known as a true revolution in home décor.