Sustainability and being ecofriendly are increasingly important values in today’s society. Green priorities and green products can go hand in hand, and there are numerous ecofriendly flooring options available from Floor Coverings International of East Bay and Pleasanton. Bamboo and cork flooring are the two flooring materials that come first to mind when people generally think of sustainable flooring, but there are many natural carpeting options available as well. One of the natural flooring options that has become increasingly popular for carpets and rugs is seagrass. Seagrass carpets and rugs are beautiful flooring options for those who want a natural look and feel for their home.
What is Seagrass?
Seagrass is a natural plant fiber that is grown when paddies and marshes similar to rice paddies in China and India are flooded with salty seawater. The seagrass is then harvested and sun dried, before the reeds are spun into a durable yarn that can be used for weaving. Seagrass has a slightly green tint, but fades to a khaki tan when it is dried.
The Appearance and Characteristics of Seagrass Carpets and Rugs
Seagrass is very natural looking, usually coming in woven shades of tan, beige, and brown, with the occasional greenish sheen. This natural, neutral coloring is usually left in its original state, un-dyed. Because it is a natural product, seagrass carpets will usually contain various color and texture inconsistencies and won’t have the uniform appearance of synthetic carpets. For many people, this aesthetic is a selling point though, as the attractive weave and coloring provide unique, visual interest. There is a lot of texture inherent to seagrass rugs, which often have a soft sheen intermixed with waxy fibers and smooth textures. It tends to be particularly soft underfoot, more so than other natural carpeting materials like tough sisal. There are plenty of other positive qualities that seagrass possesses aside from just its aesthetic as well. Seagrass rugs and carpets do not attract dirt and dust, so they’re naturally anti-bacterial and work well for people with allergies. Seagrass is antistatic and resistant to rot as well, and it happens to have excellent insulation and noise reduction properties. On top of all this, seagrass tends to be less expensive than certain other natural carpets like jute or sisal, so it’s budget- as well as eco-friendly.
Sustainability of Seagrass Carpet
As we mentioned before, seagrass is a natural, ecofriendly material. Unlike synthetic carpeting materials such as nylon, which are created using fossil fuels such as petroleum and whose manufacture has a large carbon footprint, seagrass takes very little energy to produce and grows naturally with little to no environmental impact. Seagrass is also 100% biodegradable, so it can be recycled after it has served its time as your floor and won’t end up spending eternity in a landfill. Finally, because seagress is so good at insulation, it will lower your energy bills as well!
Durability of Seagrass Carpet
The very nature of seagrass makes it a durable flooring option. It is grown underwater so it is very non-porous and hence extremely resistant to water. This impermeability also makes it very stain-resistant, which is also why seagrass carpets are rarely dyed. Because it is a woven carpet, it also is more resistant to high traffic than carpets with higher nap and pile. Finally, the natural coloring of seagrass rugs tends to disguise the look of dirt and dust, even as they resist them naturally.
Disadvantages of Seagrass Carpet
While there are plenty of excellent positives to seagrass carpets, like any floor covering there are downsides as well. Seagrass isn’t suitable for outdoor use, despite its durability. Some people feel that the fact that seagrass can’t be dyed is a downside if they don’t appreciate the natural look of it. Another downside is that as a natural fiber, seagrass is susceptible to mold and mildew. Also, its texture is smooth enough that it shouldn’t be used on staircases, or there is a risk of people falling.
If you think that seagrass carpeting is right for your home, call Floor Coverings International of East Bay today!
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