Natural Fibre Rope

Natural Fibre Rope

A varied selection of natural fibre ropes, occasionally used in boats, but often for non-marine uses. Unlike synthetic ropes, the nature of the material means that the ropes do vary from batch to batch. They all rot over time, so need to be checked if used outside. If you need a rope to look completely natural but last a lot longer, have a look at our selection of synthetic ropes.

  • Cotton 3-strand Cotton 3-strand

    Cotton is very soft and pleasing to the touch. It is naturally white, unbleached and can be readily dyed. Traditionally used in narrowboat ropework, and for livestock halters. For smaller cotton ropes look in the 'small stuff' section.

  • Sisal 3-strand Sisal 3-strand

    Cream in colour, but more even in construction than manila. It meets the needs for most trades and is often used with pets and animals, as well as garden projects. Made from the leaves of Agave sisalana ( a sort of cactus-like plant) this makes a low cost natural fibre rope. It is not particularly strong or rot-proof.

  • Coir Coir

    Made from coconut fibre (cocus nucifera). Not very strong, but is very stretchy. Coir fibre traditionally has many uses, including carpets, doormats, upholstery stuffing and brushes. As a rope it can also be used with animals, agricultural work and as fendering for boats.

  • Hemp Hemp

    Produced from the stalk of Cannabis sativa, this was the rope material of choice for millennia. Lovely to work with, often used for traditional ropework as well as frequent use in gymnasia and theatres, due to the reduced risk of friction burns.

  • Tarred Products Tarred Products

    Most often used in boat maintenance, but often bought just for the smell of it!