Manila Rope

One of the thicker and sturdier materials of the natural ropes selection we have here, is the manila rope. Stronger than sisal ropes and firmer than synthetic ropes, these remain flexible and easy to work with.

Where does manila rope come from?

This type of rope derives from manila hemp, a type of fibre made from the leaves of the abacá plant. Although it’s called manila hemp, it isn’t actually hemp, but named after the organic material, as hemp, due to its long period of being a major source of fibre, often had fibres named after it. The abacá plant is a species of banana native to the Philippines where Manila is the capital, hence manila rope.

What can I use manila rope for?

Traditionally used on ships – because of its strong resistance to salt water – the manila rope’s distinctive natural tan colour means it’s popular for outdoor use, particularly garden decking as it’s also resistant to damage by UV rays, so can be left in direct sunlight. Our manila ropes are also perfect for handrails, fencing, construction work, working as a barrier rope and tug of war: a durable, general-purpose rope fit for all kinds of jobs. Being natural, their design, colour and feel are more rustic and work brilliantly with farming, gardening and general outdoor work. Environmentally friendly and biodegradable, these ropes are also ideal for those who are more conscious about their impact on the environment. Available in diameters 6mm to 32mm.

Tip! Manila ropes are the best for tug of war, use gloves to avoid burns or splinters.