Blog - Quality Nylon Rope
  Loading... Please wait...
Quality Nylon Rope

Quality Nylon Rope Blog

How Rope is Made: History, Manufacturing, Types

how is rope made

You may use it to secure your boat to a dock, make a rope swing, or maybe you’re using rope to hang your bird feeder - whatever it may be, rope has almost unlimited uses.

So how is rope made, anyway? 

When you boil it down, rope is made by grouping individual yarns, fibers, or strands together, by twisting or braiding them to unify the strength of the individual fibers. But that explanation simply scratches the surface.

Read on to learn how rope is made:

A Brief History of How Rope Is Made

The earliest record of rope usage is from prehistoric times and dates back approximately 28,000 years! These early ropes were made from groupings of plant fibers. This advance in rope technology would evolve to become the twisted rope as we’ve come to know it.

Throughout history, rope was used by numerous civilizations, including ancient Egyptians, countless Chinese dynasties, and eventually spreading to communities all over Asia, India, and Europe.

During the Middle Ages, rope making technology made significant advances. With the advent of rope walks, rope makers were able to create longer, stronger ropes in continuous lengths of 300 yards or longer!

Rope walks were set up outdoors or in long buildings and were designed to allow long lengths of fibers to be laid out and twisted into large ropes.

Over the years, there have been many advances in the construction of rope, but ultimately rope is still just a method of combining individual strength members into a construction that takes full advantage of the individual parts. 

While ropes are still made with natural fibers, rope making has expanded to include stronger, more durable synthetic fibers like nylon and polyester.

Rope Manufacturing

In order to make rope, the fibers must first be processed. For ropes of natural materials, the fibers need to be coated with natural oil, cleaned, spread and combed to create continuous ribbons of fiber, known as slivers. The slivers are then twisted into yarn, which is wrapped onto spools or bobbins. 

For ropes of synthetic fibers, resins are extruded through machinery into a variety of fiber sizes. In the case of colored synthetic ropes, the color is often added to the resin prior to being extruded, providing a more long lasting, durable color.

The next step is to manufacture the rope by combining these fibers into one cohesive length. In the case of twisted ropes the fibers are first twisted into strands, which are then twisted together to create the final twisted rope. For solid braid ropes the fibers are combined using one of a few methods, including braiding, knitting and weaving.

Natural vs. Synthetic Ropes

While rope has remained relatively constant in its design, there have been many advances in the materials used to construct the rope. Today, customers have the choice or either natural or synthetic fiber ropes. Depending on what your application calls for, both natural and synthetic ropes have their places.

Natural ropes are made from fibers including cotton, manila, jute, sisal, and hemp fibers blends, whereas synthetic rope fibers include polypropylene, polyester, nylon and polyethylene.

Synthetic rope, like Nylon Rope, has a significantly improved lifespan in comparison to its natural counterparts. This is due to the superior resistances offered by synthetics, to include resistance to UV, moisture, mildew, rot, abrasion and chemicals.

Synthetic ropes are preferred for applications where strength or durability is a priority, making them the only choice for the majority of industrial and commercial uses. Due to the advantages synthetic rope offers, natural ropes are most frequently reserved for applications where the natural rope appearance is preferred, such as decorative uses.


As a common, everyday tool, rope is often taken for granted. We use it to hang our hammocks, pitch camping tents, or secure items to the top of our cars - nothing seemingly extraordinary. 

However, when the question “how is rope made?” is posed, the intricacies of rope present a completely different story. 

With a longstanding history, an extremely technical manufacturing process, and unique characteristics of different rope variations, there is more to rope and rope making than is initially apparent.

Contact us today to get more information, or discuss a current project. You can also check out our products online!

The Advantages of Using Nylon Rope

Since synthetic fibers were introduced to the rope industry in the 1950’s, customers have many different options for rope material. The properties of each rope fiber are unique, with their own strengths and weaknesses. With all these choices, it is important to pick the right rope for the right job. Advantages of Nylon Rope Today, our team [...]

Read More »

Industrial Fibers Explained: Understanding the Most Common Synthetic & Natural Fibers

For all twine, cables, cordage, and rope, fibers are the building blocks. Consequently, in order to best understand rope and the rope that you need for your business, you must first understand the different kinds of fibers and their varying properties. When it comes to industrial fibers, there are both synthetic and natural variations used [...]

Read More »

What is the Difference Between Nylon and Polyester Rope?

Have you ever wondered: what is the difference between nylon rope and polyester rope? If you have, you’re not alone. In fact, this is one of our most frequently asked questions. At QNR, we are happy to share our expert knowledge of ropes to help you find the best rope for your needs. Not sure what kind of [...]

Read More »

Happy 4th of July! Free Red, White & Blue Rope

Free 4th of July Rope Quality Nylon Rope is proud to say that all our products are made right here in America. To celebrate this fact, we're giving away 25 ft. of Red, White & Blue rope free with every order! The rope is 3/16" polypropylene American cord. The polypropylene fibers are UV-enhanced to extend the [...]

Read More »

Outdoor Recreation: Use QNR Ropes for Kayaking and Camping

Now that it’s summer and the warm weather is finally here, you can start to enjoy doing all of your favorite outdoor activities. And if you’re into kayaking or camping, then you know that this kind of outdoor recreation requires specific tools and supplies - including rope. Here’s how you can use QNR rope for kayaking [...]

Read More »

What Type of Rope Do I Need? [27 Common Uses]

What kind of rope do I need?  This seems to be a popular question, so we figured we'd answer it in great detail!  With such a varied selection of rope out there it can be difficult to determine which one is right for a particular application.  I mean, from climbing rope to knot-tying rope, anchor rope, flagpole rope [...]

Read More »

​Check out the Best-Selling Rope at QNR

Best Selling Rope Rope can look like an unassuming object, but there are, in fact, infinite applications for this simple tool. At QNR, our customers always know how to be creative with our vast inventory of rope. That’s why so many of our quality products continue to sell out again and again. Looking for a cord or [...]

Read More »

​The Complete History of Polyester

Sometimes, hearing the word  polyester can make people cringe. Immediately, they think of old, outdated fabric and tacky leisure suits from the seventies. But the history of polyester is a rich and complex story. It is a fiber for which there are many benefits and useful applications. Here is an overview, the history and benefits of polyester:What [...]

Read More »

3 Quality Nylon Rope Product Creations

At Quality Nylon Rope, we offer hundreds of different kinds of ropes, varying in material and length, with boundless capabilities. Some of our most popular ropes include: nylon, polyester, and manila, available in a range of diameters from 1/8” to 1/2”. With such an extensive selection of ropes from which to choose, the potential to [...]

Read More »

Copyright 2019 Quality Nylon Rope. All Rights Reserved.
All prices are in USD.

View Cart Go To Checkout