Hessian Fabric Types and Uses

Hessian Fabric Types and Uses

Hessian Fabric Types and Uses, with Hessian being one of our top sellers for events and displays we deal with massive orders for festivals, weddings, interior designs, TV shows, movies and more. Hessian is being shipped out to  events in the  UK and overseas for practical and decorative purposes, separating areas, tenting and shading, draping and decoration, banners and wall covering and even robust floor covering.

bright colours of hessian fabric

Laminated Coloured Hessian Fabric 

Classic rough weave hessian fabric with the extra element of a very useful laminated surface applied to the back of the fabric.

green laminated hessian fabric

Laminated hessian is used to prevent liquid from getting to the fabric and from getting to the item the fabric surrounds.

pink laminated hessian turquoise laminated hessian orange laminated hessian

The traditional rough jute fibres are loosely woven into a simple mesh weave which would normally let water through, but with the clever addition of the laminate backing you can use this fabric for arts and crafts as well as heavy practical use. For larger items such as stall coverings, we can add brass eyelets and clear panels. Very protective laminate backing

Extra Wide Fire Retardant Hessian

This extra wide option is particularly useful for covering market stalls and tables for events. Our fire retardant option is ideal for public use as the fabric has been treated with a fire retardant coating which will fit public events health and safety standards.

large wide width hessian table cloth fabric

The wider width and fire retardant properties of this type of hessian make it ideal for  industrial use, from sacking fabric for stock movement to structure protection for building construction.

natural wide width hessian

Upholstery making also makes use of this hessian to help structure an item before applying the finishing padding and fabric, the fire retardant properties are imperative for most furniture making.

Bituminised Hessian 

This traditional rough open weave hessian fabric uses bitumen to achieve an extremely watertight protective covering. The black bitumen coating lays in-between the hessian fabric and the brown backing paper to create a fabric that will withstand vigorous and repetitive outdoor use.

bitumised hessian burlap fabric

The waterproofing properties of bitumen are relied upon to protect boats, to seal roofing and to coat buildings. Alone the bitumen will suffice as a very efficient sealant but adding the hessian fabric on top of a layer of bitumen creates an even tougher surface area that can then be wrapped around or placed near the area that needs protecting, rather than painting bitumen on items.

biruminised hessian fabric close up

Due to the waterproof properties working with the extra grip of the rough hessian this fabric can be used for temporary flooring around tents and marquees,garden centres, greenhouses, farms and building sites.

Coloured Jute Hessian 

Our classic jute hessian available in a range of seventeen colours. The hessian is constructed in the same way as our natural option, then solid dyed to produce seventeen great colours to choose from.

pink navy and green hessian burlap jute fabric

Jute fibres are woven into a course weave cloth which weighs approximately 275 grams per square metre, ideal for the many tough tasks it can handle. The weave of the hessian produces a semi opaque cloth, it may appear solid from afar but due to the holes in the weave you would be able to see hints of any background colour behind the fabric.



The Wide range of practical uses varies from construction jobs supporting brickwork to use in schools,collages and sports centres. Banners, tents, barriers, theatre backdrops notice boards and creative projects all benefit from this hard-working versatile fabric.

Coloured Soft Jute Hessian 

Soft jute hessian has a surface finish a fraction softer than our coloured hessian. The coarse weave has a mix of yarn sizes making a slightly more open and less uniform weave, if you had a different colour behind the fabric it would definitely be seen through. Well known for being eco friendly, jute is a natural material harvested from the fibres of a  jute plant, therefore when made into rope or cloth this natural products remains In a biodegradable form.

orange and grey hessian soft jute burlap fabric


This option of just hessian has been deep solid dyed into thirteen great colour options ranging from a bright canary yellow to mid tone purple. Having these colour options gives this already versatile fabric even more variety.

This hessian fabric holds all the classic qualities of jute hessian, but also boasts a handy self-adhesive backing along with a fire retardant coating. The backing is protected with waxed paper which you can simply peel off to reveal a sticky coating covering the back of the hessian so it’s ready to use for large or small scale projects.

The fabric has a course close weave, and the natural jute fibres give the fabric a soft warm brown shade, with slight naturally occurring colour variances. This and all of our hessian fabrics are fully biodegradable, so you can feel better about doing your bit for the environment.

Coloured Fire Retardant Jute Hessian 

Coarsely woven jute hessian fabric, with all the attributes of classic hessian, strength, durability, environmentally friendly and colourful too!  The rough jute fibres create a close weave, but not close enough to be entirely opaque, as with all hessian you will be able to see any background behind it. We have seventeen solid dyed colours to choose from which visually blend well together by either contrasting or complementing each other.

Our range of coloured jute hessian is best suited for use around public spaces and for public events. Using fire retardant fabric will reassure you and fit with the health and safety standards for indoor and outdoor businesses.

This type of hessian is popular  with arts and craft fairs and food and drink markets for the making of banners, table covers tents and separating booths. The fabric is not water proof but if you are sure of the sunshine, this fabric can make lovely awnings, fitted or loosely draped to give a bit of shade and a splash of colour in the garden.

I hope this was informative, and gave insight into uses for our different hessian fabrics. 

If you have a project idea involving hessian and need a hand to create your design, give us a call. Our bespoke Textiles Service will make exactly what you need, just send us the details and we will bring your idea to life. 


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