Home Decor Material Definitions

This blog is an accumulated list of common materials used to create gift and home decor products. Buyers can use this list as a reference to better understand products they’re purchasing from The Gerson Companies.

EVA: EVA stands for Ethylene vinyl acetate. The weight percent of vinyl acetate usually varies from 10 to 40%, with the remainder being ethylene. The material is commonly used to make sport products like cleats. At Gerson, you may see this product in a GIL seasonal decor product like a water lilly figurine.

MDF: MDF stands for medium-density fibreboard and is an engineered wood product formed by wood fibres, waxes and a resin by applying high temperature and pressure. Gerson utelizes this material in furniture, signs, and other seasonal materials found in the Gerson International product line.

Jute: Jute is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. Products made from jute may include rugs, string or burlap items. You may see jute in any hanging items, like bird houses, or any floral burlap items.

Pip Pick: In the floral industry, a pip pick is a singular faux branch with multiple smaller stems branching out from the original branch. Pip picks might be a few inches to just over a foot long. Gerson offers pip picks in its Universal SunRay and Gerson International floral product lines.

Flax: Flax is cultivated from the stem of a blue-flowered herbaceous plant for textile fiber. Gerson ornaments that resembles linen or burlap might also be flax.

Dolomite: Dolomite is a carbonate mineral composed of calcium magnesium carbonate CaMg (CO3)2. The mineral is often used to create food safe serveware items or figurines.

Woodland: A woodland area is distinguished between a forest by the amount of light the trees allow to filter to the ground. Products may be categorized as ‘woodland’ if they resemble a wood carved object.

Electroplated: Electroplating is the process of depositing a thin coating of one metal on top of a different metal. A few seasonal items from our GIL product line might have color electroplated onto the product.

Paper Pulp: One of the most abundant raw materials in the world, pulp is made from chemically or mechanically separating cellulose fibres from wood, fibre crops or waste paper. Gerson uses paper pulp to create a handful of seasonal holiday home decor items.

Plush: In the home decor and gift retail, ‘plush’ is used to describe items mainly created out of various fabric materials. Plush items from Gerson International may include a Easter bunnies or a Santa and Mrs. Clause item.

Fleece: Wool obtained from any wool-barring animal, like a sheep, can make fleece. Holiday ornaments by Gerson might be made with fleece.

Balsam Pine: The Balsam Fir pine tree is native to North America, has flat-like needles and a narrow conic crown. It provides food for animals like moose and chickadees. Various swags, wreaths, or garlands in the GIL seasonal product line are made with Balsam Pine.

Ceramic: A ceramic item was created with inorganic material hardened by heat. Many ceramic figurines and ornaments are molded by a cast.

Chipwood: Chipwood refers to a low density paper board. This paper board is usually made from recycled paper. Baskets available through the Universal SunRay and GIL product lines may be might out of chipwood.

Birchwood: Birch tree species are generally small to medium-sized trees or shrubs. Gerson may offer a few unique holiday decor items and ornaments that are made from actual birchtree limbs!

Swag: A floral swag is a bundle of faux twigs often accompanied by berries or silk flowers, draped in a curve between two points. Gerson floral products include many swags including the USR and GIL product line. college research paper buy