At One With Nature

At One With Nature

18 July 2017

Here at Tailored Flooring we pride ourselves in luxury and carpets made from the finest natural materials. A lot of consumers are now opting for environmentally friendly, recyclable and biodegradable products, however it's a hard decision which carpet fibre to go for and, deciding which is going to be the most suitable for you. Each fibre has personal characteristics and both strengths and weaknesses so it's important to know these before making any decisions. We’ve put together some pros and cons of the natural fibres to help you understand and decide which is the right one for your home.

Wool 

This is the most popular of the natural floor covering materials; with its natural, hard wearing and versatile properties you can see why. One of the great advantages with wool is that its natural properties help to insulate your home; keeping it warm in the winter and cooler in the summer months. It can be dyed into a variety of colours which makes it very versatile and gives you a lot of flexibility around the home. A disadvantage of wool is that you will expect to pay a considerable amount more than any synthetic alternative. 

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Picture:Wool- Alternative Flooring Rock n Roll Roxanne

Sisal  

Naturally sisal comes from the cactus plant 'Agave Sisalana' so not only is it a very stylish choice, but an eco-friendly one. Once stripped and dried for 30 days it is then crafted into a wonderful floor covering.  The natural fibre of sisal makes it an ideal material for a high traffic area of your house such as a hallways and staircase. Upkeep and maintenance of sisal is relatively simple and regular vacuuming will help it stay looking it's best. The ability to dye and shape it into a variety of patterns makes it very versatile around the home, however precaution does have to be taken in humid and moist places in your house, so bare this in mind when making your final choice

Seagrass 

Sourced from China and Vietnam, it is arguably the strongest of the natural carpets after withstanding large amounts of sea water as the fields get flooded during the growing cycle. The seagrass is then dried and spun into hard-wearing and strong yarn. The strength of the fibre makes it the strongest of the natural carpets, it's durable, and to top it all off it contains a natural stain resistant makes it the ideal floor covering for a family home, susceptible to accidents and spillages. The drawbacks with seagrass is that it can't be dyed by manufacturers so it's only available in it's natural colour. Also Seagrass carpeting is susceptible to damage from moisture so avoid laying a seagrass carpet in environments with excess humidity and moisture such as bathroom and kitchens.   

 Coir 

Dating back for centuries, coir is said to be one of the oldest natural floor coverings and the fibre is made from the husk of coconuts. Along with many of the natural floor coverings coir is just as strong and robust so is works well in areas that receive a high amount of traffic. A great advantage of coir is the natural oils within the fibres making it repel insects and therefore making it moth resistant. As much as coir is very durable, it's fibres can become brittle and weak if it's exposed to extreme sunlight for prolonged periods of time in conditions of high and low humidity, so it's definitely something to consider before purchasing. 

Jute 

Jute is manufactured from the Jute plants stems and is made tough by the fertile coastal waters where it is grown. It is one of the softest natural fibre floor coverings available, which unfortunately means that it isn't as durable of the others mentioned on our list. Unlike most of the others it can suffer wear and tear so you have to be smart when using it in your home. Somewhere with less traffic such as a bedroom would be ideal.

Picture: Jute - Alternative Flooring Big Panama Waffle

Pop by to the showroom at 80 Alma Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2DJ to check out our full ranges of natural carpets. 

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    Your chaps did such a sensationally good job I thought I must send you these photos of them hard at work. A visitor here recently who seemed knowledgable on carpet laying said he had never seen better. He was particularly impressed with how you managed so professionally to replace the worn through stair and bathroom carpets with the relatively unworn parts of the main assignment. All, I probably told you almost 50 years old.

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    Darren and his team carried out the fitting of both carpet and vinyl flooring most efficiently, working around our difficult schedule with good grace in a most professional manner.

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    I used Tailored flooring to fit new flooring in my kitchen (Karndean), and carpet throughout the rest of the house. It's a project that took me just over a year, doing each room separately. Darren and team were so accommodating, great value for money and generally really nice guys. They allowed me to buy the carpet in one go,and store it with them until we were ready to have it fitted. They have their own team of fitters and were so flexible in arranging fitting, I'm not sure you'd get that with a national company. They were really good value for money, as I'd done my research and also got other quotes. All in all I'm really pleased, the carpet looks fabulous and I'd definitely use Tailored flooring again.

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    Within an hour of leaving a message with Tailored Flooring, Darren had called me back and said he would be with me within the hour to see what he could do. Exactly as promised, he attended, measured and talked me through what he could do for us. It turned out we'd selected completely inappropriate flooring (soft vinyl in a huge, heavily used kitchen), and Darren guided us through better options available to us. To cut a long story short, he went out of his way to jiggle us into the schedule, order materials and the next day his fitter, Grant, was working on our flooring.

    The fitter, Grant, is a master. He was very tidy and careful (given the rest of our home is cream carpets), he worked quietly and very quickly. Each evening he tidied everything away. When it came to fitting the Karndean tiles, he talked me through the different options of laying them (brick style etc.) and also made his own recommendations from his experience. He measured the placement of the tiles to ensure there weren't any odd shaped tiles and when the job was complete it exceeded all our expectations.

    We managed to get everything straightened out at home in readiness for the property valuations, and two estate agents who had previously valued our home commented on the positive updates to the flooring.

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    I am really looking forward to using Tailored Flooring again for our next home.

    Lauren Moloney, Domestic Client