Floor coverings from Sisal Rugs Direct are made of materials that are “naturally green”. These natural fibers that include sisal, sisal wool, seagrass, hemp mountain grass and jute are renewable, sustainable and biodegradable. These fibers are grown the same, sustainable way they have been for centuries.
The sisal we use is superior-grade grown on plantations in Tanzania, East Africa. This extremely strong fiber is obtained from the long, green leaves of the Agave Sisalana cactus plant. Each leaf contains approximately 1,000 fibers that are extracted, washed, sundried, brushed, graded and bailed. The remaining plant is used to produce electricity, which supports Tanzania’s economy and helps energize rural areas and to feed farm animals.
Sisal is used in many hard-wearing products, including twines for marine and bailing, ropes, plaster reinforcements and dartboards. The same qualities of strength that make the fiber preferred in these products make it ideal for floor covering.
Green Properties: Natural/Renewable/Biodegradable/Sound Absorbing/Flame Resistant/Durable/Anti-Static/Naturally Insulating
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Seagrass is made from the Sedge family of plants, which grow in the low-lying areas of the Asia-Pacific region. The perennial grasses are harvested from paddy fields that are flooded with seawater during the growing cycle. When the grass is mature, the fields are drained and the plants are cut and bundled. Workers twist (or ply) the grass entirely by hand and send it to be woven into carpet.
Seagrass, once thought to be an unusable fiber, has been transformed by weavers into sought-after products such as baskets, placemats, bowls, furniture and flooring. The yarn, which is strong, durable and non-porous has a naturally smooth texture, subtle sheen and warm hue that makes it a popular choice for use in carpets and rugs.
Green Properties: Naturally Renewable/Stain Resistant/Durable/Strong/High Quality/Sustainably Harvested/Anti-Static
The primary type of mountain grass cultivated for fiber is Hemp. This durable, non-porous plant has a smooth texture and a subtle sheen that helps repel liquids. The Hemp is sustainably harvested in the higher altitude slopes of the Pacific Rim. Once cut and dried, the fiber is separated from the core, while the outer skin of the stalk is retained, resulting in a stronger, and more resistant yarn.
Hemp cultivation improves the condition of the grounds, making it an excellent crop to use in rotation. The long-lasting fiber is used to make paper, fabrics and rope, in addition to beautiful floor coverings. The natural Hemp is woven in a distinct array of textures and patterns that accents its warm, rich hues.
Green Properties: Long, Strong Fiber/Renewable/Biodegradable/Repels Liquids and Stains/Naturally Insulating/Mold and Mildew Resistant
Jute is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. The finest jute comes from the Bengal Delta Plain, mostly in Bangladesh and India. The stalks of the plant are harvested, bundled and soaked in water for about 20 days to soften the tissues and permit the fibers to be separated. The fibers are then stripped from the stalks, washed, dried and baled.
Jute is used to make burlap, backing for carpet, curtains, chair coverings and floor coverings.
Green Properties: Renewable/Biodegradable/Soft Underfoot