Natural plant fibers offer unique features and make excellent floor coverings.
At Natürlich we carry a full range of natural plant fiber floor coverings. We have samples of sisal, seagrass, abaca, mountain grass, coir and hand-spun jute in our showroom. They each have their own particular appeal and unique benefits and can be used for both residential and commercial purposes. They are produced without harmful chemicals and are easy to care for, so they are a great choice for those with chemical sensitivities, allergies or asthma.
The manufacturing process for plant fiber floor coverings has much less impact on the environment than do synthetic materials. And they are biodegradable so they aren't as problematic in landfills as synthetic carpets when they are removed.
Sisal is the most popular plant fiber used for floor covering. It is obtained from the agave plant and is extremely durable, rugged and a very versatile material. It can be used to make carpets in a variety of textures, patterns, colors and weaves. Sisal is often used in its natural color and also comes in a broad range of dyed colors. The agave plant is grown without the use of herbicides and pesticides.The natural look of sisal is perfect for both area rugs and wall-to-wall uses. Sisal’s inherent beauty compliments most any design theme.
Sisal carpets are also naturally sound-absorbing, anti-static and won't trap dust. Because it is so durable and slip resistant sisal is a great choice for staircases, it can even be installed on walls! It’s easy to maintain with just vacuuming.
Harvested from the husks of mature coconuts, coir is a durable and versatile flooring material. Coir is produced when coconuts are dehusked and their course fibers are soaked and spun into yarn. This sustainable yarn is hand woven into floor coverings filled with character and natural variation. Unlike other natural fibers, coir can withstand small amounts of moisture making it a key performer and suitable for covered outdoor use.
Seagrass & Mountain Grass
There are a number of different plants grown in the wet and coastal areas of South Asia which provide the fibers that are woven into what is known as seagrass for carpets and mats. The fiber is never dyed so it starts out a lovely greenish tone and gradually turns more golden with time. Seagrass is durable, resilient and resistant to spills and soiling. It brings the look and feel of nature into your home or work space.
Seagrass’s cousin, Mountain Grass, boasts the same qualities but is grown in the higher elevations of Asia. Mountain Grass has a wood-like appearance when dry and is slightly softer to the touch than seagrass, but is just as durable.
Abaca is a silky smooth fiber harvested in the Philippines from a member of the banana family. When woven into a floor covering abaca glistens lustrously, but don’t be fooled…abaca is the strongest plant fiber out there! Used in rope, banknotes and fishing nets abaca’s heavy-duty fibers create truly decadent rugs that will delight the senses for many years to come.
Ask for abaca in our showroom!
While commonly used as a biodegradable backing for other sustainable flooring, such as natural linoleum and wool carpet, jute can be made into a unique floor covering all it’s own. Jute fibers are harvested from the jute plant, which can grow to between six to ten feet tall, in areas of India and Bangladesh. The fibers are hand spun into a soft, almost fluffy, floor covering that comes in an array of delicious colors.