Hemp rope is one of the oldest rope fibers known to man, with a history spanning nearly 10,000 years. From the age of classic sail to today, hemp remains a soft, supple, and strong rope. Versatile for use in marine, sports, design, decorating, and theatrical applications. The historical authenticity of hemp rope makes it the perfect choice for museum installations, or just for the person who wants genuine, age-old hemp.
Many confuse hemp with manila rope. While both are natural fibers, they are different fibers with a completely different origin, feel and texture.
We sell both manila and hemp rope, and believe it's important to highlight the differences.
Manila rope is made from abaca plant fibers. Abaca is a relative of the banana family. The texture of manila is rough, and it's historically been a popular choice for traditional boat and ship rigging.
Hemp rope is made from a non-drug strain of the cannabis plant. Its feel is soft and supple. Hemp rope is often tarred to increase its longevity is traditional sailing applications.
Let's not forget Hempex rope, Langman Ropes' synthetic fiber alternative to their own hemp rope. Made from spun polypropylene fibers, Hempex is a very close approximation of the look of hemp rope, but with all the performance advantages of a modern rope. Choose Hempex whenever you need a rot and mildew resistant, low stretch performance rope designed for exposure to moisture and the elements.
So, make an informed choice! Not all "hemp" rope is the same. If you're seeking genuine hemp rope, make sure it's made from the 100% authentic hemp fibers you expect. Recognize the alternatives that manila and synthetic ropes offer, and make the best decision for your need and budget.