A carpet made of hemp is just as warm and durable as one made of wool. The fiber is especially adapted by strength and durability for carpet warp, hall rugs, aisle runners, tarpaulins, belt webbing, anchor cables, upholstery webbing, spring twine and all textile articles where strength, durability and flexibility are desired.
The best marine cord came from Russian hemp harvested while still green, and kiln dried, thus fixing the essential oil in the fiber. Softer grades of tow are used for lamp and candle wicks, matches and oakum, as well as gaskets and packing for pumps, engines and similar machinery. It endures heat, moisture and friction with less injury than other fiber used for these purposes, except flax.
(This post excerpted from "Hemp: Lifeline to the Future" by Chris Conrad pg. 128)