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.
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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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
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.
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 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.