Bringing sustainability and personality to a room can be done by anyone with all the new products available. There are rugs now available to consumers that are made from all kinds of natural fibers that are used with minimal impact to the Earth.
In Japan, Igusa mats (also known as Tatmi mats) are little mats that are made from grasses and rushes that are woven together to form a beautiful and comfortable room accessory. The fibers are harvested sustainably, so there is no issue with the agricultural practices used. Igusa has other benefits as well. It is very soft so it is a comfortable accessory for daily use. The fibers absorb moisture, keeping you cool and dry. What is even more interesting is that it can also absorb carbon dioxide, so air is actually improved in the area. Igusa come is all shapes and sizes, so it can efficiently cover an entire room or just a portion of a room. There are many stylish mats that will fit anyone’s tastes, even some for children, or with special art designs on them. This is a wonderful touch of the Orient that is loved by many.
Grass floor coverings, also known as matting, are made of green natural vegetable fibers such as sisal, coir, hemp, rush and maize (a variety of corn). The rough texture is very stylish. Most matting has the feel of sandpaper. Rush mats are the smoothest. If purchasing a very roughly textured grass floor cover, some protection is advisable to avoid scratches on thin fabrics or skin. Grass fiber rugs are incredibly tough and durable. Sisal and coir are two of the strongest fibers in the world. Grass fiber mats work well for soundproofing. Sisal fiber is naturally fire-resistant and static-free, so it is very safe. These should be watched for mildew as any plant fiber can collect moisture, but regular upkeep can prevent this.
Grass rugs may be woven or plaited. Often plaited varieties are made of small rectangles, squares, circles, or ovals that are sewn together, creating an awesome visual effect. Laying out grass rugs is very easy and can be done by anyone. Grass tiles, about 20 inches squares, also are available. Grass floor coverings may be padded or laid flat on the floor. If the pad is permanently attached, the cost is about twice that of a non-padded grass rug, but can be well worth it for maintenance and vacuuming. Grass fiber rugs can be cleaned with a mild detergent solution. Plant fiber mats bring a great natural touch to any home that is striving for sustainability. There are endless possibilities to what can be done.