ALL ABOUT SEAGRASS


What is seagrass?

A perennial plant that grows in low-lying, underwater meadows of the Asia-Pacific region, seagrass is often confused with seaweed or grasses. Seagrass is actually a flowering plant with roots, stems and leaves. The “grass-like” leaves are harvested and used in a variety of products from baskets to placemats, from rugs to furniture. Being a water plant, its fibers are non-porous and durable, making seagrass an ideal material for rugs and carpets.

Why choose seagrass?

Seagrass fibers have a smooth texture, are naturally stain-resistant and super tough. A seagrass rug or carpet can be used in busy places like hallways, entryways, living rooms or other gathering spaces. This fiber is also static-free and does not attract dirt or dust, making it a great choice for creating a low-allergen environment. Plus, the natural look of a seagrass rug will blend with all styles and enhance your home.

Are seagrass rugs eco-friendly?

Seagrass is a renewable, biodegradable and non-toxic option for your next rug or carpet. The seagrass plant has an efficient and fast growing cycle, allowing for multiple harvests a year. No pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used in seagrass production, and most weeding is done by hand rather than through the use of herbicides. You can rest assured with our seagrass rugs that you are making an eco-friendly choice. Read about our commitment to sustainability here.

Is a seagrass rug easy to maintain?

A wonderful attribute of seagrass is its non-porous nature that makes it stain-resistant: the seagrass fibers have a waxy coating that repels water and makes spills and/ or pet accidents easy to clean. Of course, as with all accidents, you must act quickly to soak up the liquid or remove the spill. For an added layer of protection, you may choose to apply Sisal-Guard, a spray-on sealant for natural fiber rugs and carpet that will act as a barrier to reduce the risk of staining.

Regular vacuuming will prolong the life of this rug. We also recommend a walk-off mat upon entry to your home and a no shoes in the house policy. Seagrass feels soft underfoot, so no need to worry about comfort. All of our weaves come with guidelines for care and maintenance that are accessible under the Care tab on each weave page. For more general care guidelines, please visit our Care Guides page.

What is the difference between latex and urethane backings?

Backings help stabilize a weave, plus they provide cushioning and sound insulation. We sell seagrass rugs that have either a natural latex backing or a urethane backing. The latex backing is natural—an obvious benefit—but has been known to stick to hardwood or other hard surface floors. We recommend that you use a separate rug pad to provide a layer of protection. Our urethane-backed seagrass rugs are extra durable and have more cushioning. You may order swatch samples of both seagrasses to help you make a decision by selecting from the weaves above. For example, ordering swatches of both Biscayne and Biscayne Urethane will help you see and feel the difference.

Will a seagrass rug or carpet match my style?

The beauty of a woven rug comes from natural variations, colorations and patterns that emerge in the rug, adding visual and textural interest to any interior design. If you  are looking for pattern, our Tropics shares earthy hues with a basketweave pattern and Arrowhead has a subtle herringbone pattern. Seagrass rugs and wall-to-wall carpet have been a favorite among designers for decades, especially our Calypso, because of their versatility. A neutral palette is a great place to start a design style and layering wool or other fiber rugs on top of seagrass adds another dimension.

What color will my seagrass rug be?

Since seagrass leaves are non-porous, they can not be dyed. Therefore, seagrass comes in one shade: natural. Natural for a seagrass rug means a slightly greenish tint that will age and mellow over time into a warm tan or khaki. Direct sunlight over extended periods of time can alter the color of your seagrass rug. Using shades or curtains on your windows or rotating your rug will help even out the natural color changes. If you would like more color and shade options, we carry a wide selection of natural fiber weaves to find your perfect match.

Is seagrass a good choice for kitchens or other areas that may get wet?

Honestly, there are mixed opinions about using seagrass in damp environments. Some say (like us) that it is likely to mold and mildew but others say that its’ impervious quality makes it fine for damp areas. For a wall-to-wall installation, a drier, more climate-controlled setting is best. If you wish to have the natural look of seagrass in a bathroom, laundry room or kitchen, a custom area rug that is routinely “aired-out” and vacuumed should fair fine. For complete peace of mind, shop our collection of synthetic seagrass weaves that look lovely, clean easily and perform well in areas that may get wet: Honolulu, Kapalua and Waimea.


natural seagrass in a wall-to-wall installation

calypso in color natural

 

a seagrass rug balances design elements

calypso in an elegant sitting room

 

 smooth texture of seagrass in a basketweave pattern

cyprus in color natural