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Cotton Rope

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Cotton Rope

One of the most widespread natural fibre ropes in use today, as well as throughout history, cotton rope is versatile and surprisingly strong. At Rope Services Direct you can order bespoke cotton rope of any length or specification. See our full natural fibre rope line up for other material options.

Amongst the twine and cords we sell you can buy cotton cordage that is of the exact length that you need. This natural fibre rope is a sustainable and practical alternative to synthetic products, whether you need it for a creative project or a commercial purpose.

Benefits of Cotton Rope

cotton ropeCotton is a versatile material, so it makes a sensible choice for constructing rope. As well as being sturdy enough to bear heavy loads, it is also relative light and fairly flexible. This means it is less likely to fray or snap. Rope made from cotton is frequently used for sash cording, climbing  and circus trapeze ropes.

Our wire rope offers higher load bearing capabilities, if natural fibre ropes like this are not fit for your purposes.

Another major advantage of cotton cord when compared with other natural fibre ropes is that it is very absorbent. This makes it well suited to soaking up dyes and retaining its chosen colour.


This absorbency has the drawback that oils and liquids of all types will be sucked up into cotton rope. Over time this can lead to the degradation of the material and limit its lifespan. Because of this, cotton rope is not ideal for every environment. However it will work well in places where it is not going to come into contact with water. Natural fibre ropes made from sisal are a better choice in this case.

Commendable Capabilities

Some natural fibre rope can look a little dull, but this is not a problem when you pick cotton. This is thanks to its ability to absorb dyes effectively. This means that it can be coloured in whatever way you wish, helping it to blend into the background or stand out as an eye-catching statement.

Cotton rope is a lightweight option, as well as being fairly flexible and capable of stretching without snapping. Its surface is fairly smooth and soft, so it will not leave you with scratched palms. Especially if you decide to handle it for long periods.

Cotton Rope Downsides & Alternatives

Where it falls short is durability, as it is susceptible to losing its integrity when exposed to liquids, chemicals and other environmental hazards. If you want to stick with natural fibres, our sisal rope is a sturdier option. If man-made fibres are preferred, we sell polypropylene rope with excellent properties of durability.

Ask us about Ropes

Still in the dark about this product and want someone to show you the light? Contact the Rope Services Direct team by calling 01384 78004 or emailing us. We will endeavour to answer your questions on any type of fibre rope clearly, concisely and quickly.

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