What Is Grasscloth Wallpaper?

Updated February 21, 2017

Grasscloth wallpaper is a type of wall covering made by weaving dried grasses together. It comes in textures from fine to coarse in many different colours and patterns. It is sold in precut rolls.


Grasscloth wallpaper is made of textured, natural grasses woven together and affixed to a paper backing. It will feel rough to the touch and you will see many small imperfections, such as knots and frays, on each fibre.


The fibres used to make grasscloth wallpaper include sea grass, sisal and jute--and these can be different widths, textures and colours.


Grasscloth wallpaper creates a warm, interesting backdrop for many different types of decor Its heavy texture also hides small nail holes created by pushpins, so it is often used in offices.


Made from natural, sustainable materials, grasscloth wallpaper is considered an environmentally friendly choice.


Matching the pattern in grasscloth wallpaper is not possible due to the inconsistent colour and texture in the natural fibres. This creates visible seams that sometimes bother people who are used to seeing the matched patterns of man-made wallpaper.

Expert Insight

Wallpapering an entire room in grasscloth may be a bit overwhelming because it appears so heavy. Consider wallpapering one focal wall only, such as behind your bed, to avoid grasscloth overload.

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Amy Swanton Mills is a writer and designer residing in Los Angeles. She has spent the past 10 years working in various aspects of the architecture, furniture and interior design industry. Her articles on furniture, design and green lifestyle issues regularly appear on and She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from UCLA.