Though they are commonly called bamboo blinds, woven wood shades, as the name would suggest, are made with natural and/or man-made materials like bamboo, wood planks, reeds, matchsticks, wild grasses, ropes and twine woven together in various patterns. Some styles use only one of these materials, others use a combination. The low density of the bamboo also has practical advantages, making the blinds easy to raise or lower; as well as being easy to clean. Bamboo blinds are also a durable, low maintenance option for the home, being impervious to high humidity and heat – which makes them suitable for kitchens; as well as being mould and insect resistant. Looks range from rustic to sophisticated.