April 1st, 2017
Allo, not to be confused with Aloe-Vera, is a Himalayan nettle plant which can be processed into a fibre. Allo is also known as Wild Nepalese Nettle or, Himalayan Giant Nettle plant. For many centuries, Nepalese villagers have used allo to make beds, ropes, fishing nets, clothing, baskets etc.
Raw allo fibre
The fibre from an allo plant comes from the stem, it is very long and strong. After the stem is cut, the bark is removed and peeled, allowing the fibre to be extracted. Allo can be found growing wild in Africa and several Asian countries. Nettle fibres are highly durable and sustainable. This Himalayan Nettle is one of the longest fibres currently known and it is considered to be finer, stronger and more elastic than linen. Allo rugs are even stronger than the more commonly known sisal rugs.
As we transition into Spring, we’re all itching to finally be able to spend some time outside, wither it be walks in the park, trips up to the cottage, hanging out on a patio or balcony. With any extension of your home outside, comes outdoor decor, that's where allo comes in.
If you’re looking for a way to define your outdoor space, perhaps an allo rug would be one of the best ways to do that. An allo rug adds great texture to an indoor or an outdoor space. Allo rugs are easy to hang dry, which is important because no summer is complete with some rain showers. Ideally the outdoor area would be covered or the rug placed under a canopy, this would help to avoid summer dirt. However it is important to have regular maintenance for an outdoor rug. Allo rugs are also a good suggestion for a hallway rug, as they are highly durable and can withstand high traffic of boots and shoes. The thick fibre, is a great look for beach houses, holiday homes and cottages.
A blend of allo and wool
Allo can be blended with other fibres, such as wool, this creates a interesting variety and blend of textures. The natural plant fibre also pairs well with house plants, which have become increasingly popular in homes.
Now that you know a little bit more about allo, you know not to confuse it with aloe!