SEAGRASS NATURAL FIBER
Seagrass natural fiber is another of the eco-friendly natural fibers used to make rugs, clothing, furniture, and more.
Products made from seagrass natural fiber and other natural fibers such as abaca, bamboo, coir, hemp, jute,
and sisal (as well as cotton and wool), each with their earthy
texture, warmth, and natural beauty, can harmonize successfully with
all different color schemes and can bring a sense of calm and
relaxation to a living area.
carpet products made from natural fibers come from sustainable and
renewable resources, which gives them a big advantage over synthetic
plastic fibers with manufactured colors.
fibers (other than wool) are best suited for area rugs, since they are
either too weak or too rough to be made into wall-to-wall carpeting.
note: Natural fiber rugs do not release toxic VOC gases as do synthetic
fiber rugs, but beware of natural fibers attached to a synthetic
backing, since VOC gases can then occur.
fibers, in general, are more expensive than their synthetic
counterparts. They also need specialty cleaning products as well as
professional cleaning techniques, making them possibly more costly to
THE SEAGRASS PLANT
Seagrasses are a
collective group of flowering plants that are biologically grasses.
They are ancient plants that evolved nearly 100 million years ago! They
are very fast-growing and a single acre of seagrass can produce more
than 10 tons a year.
Seagrass is a reedy plant
grown very much like rice and it gets its name from the fact it is
planted in paddy fields that are flooded with seawater during each
growing season. (Thus, the name 'seagrass.') It is typically grown in
marshy areas but it is called Dragon Grass when it is grown in more
arid soil where it will take on a darker color.
These grasses, sometimes
also called water hyacinth, live underwater and grow best in the ocean
or in any other salinated, standing bodies of water. There are
approximately 60 species of seagrass that habitate marine environments
around the world.They grow in what is known as 'seagrass meadows' that
are literally 'prairies of the seas.'
oxygen for their biologically diverse environment. Oceans are able to
absorb 25% of total global carbon emissions and the seagrass meadows
account for 15% of that total.
Besides a wide array of
products, such as rugs, baskets, furniture, etc., seagrasses provide
wave and coastal erosion protection as well as fishing grounds.
SEAGRASS vs. SEAWEED
can easily be confused with marine macroalgae, or seaweed, but there
are many important differences between the two.
They differ in reproduction, structure, and how they transport nutrients and dissolved gases.
Another important difference is seagrasses are vascular plants and have roots, stems, and leaves, while seaweed are multi-cellular algae and have little or no vascular tissue at all.
SEAGRASS AREA RUGS
Seagrass natural fiber produces a strong, non-porous yarn for seagrass area rugs that is resistant to spots and stains.
on the relative humidity in their surrounding environment, natural
fiber rugs such as those made from seagrass can repel water but
saturation of the fibers with water can cause dimensional change or
shrinkage and the possibility of damage due to mold and mildew.
action to blot up any accidental spills and dry the area as quickly
and as thoroughly as possible is necessary. Once a water spill on a
seagrass natural fiber rug dries, the rug should return to its normal
SEAGRASS NATURAL FIBER
Seagrass natural fiber rugs are very
tough and almost impermeable. This toughness makes them less vulnerable to abrasion when compared to conventional floor coverings.
- The texture of the rugs when woven is softer to walk on
than other tough natural fibers such as sisal (though not as soft as
hemp.) A rug underlayment or pad can help to further soften the feel
- The dense weave of Seagrass natural fiber rugs makes them super strong and very durable. They
can be used in high-traffic areas such as entryways, hallways, living
rooms or game rooms. (But not in rooms with moisture.)
- The strength and
durability of seagrass fibers makes them a natural to be used in wicker
- The fibers are non-porous and water repellent
since the plant is grown in water. This can make pet accidents easier
to clean up. However, as mentioned above, these rugs can be susceptible
to mold and mildew damage from too much moisture.
- The fibers are stain-resistant
because they are non-porous and because of their natural waxy coating.
Dirt doesn't cling to the fibers and so they are less likely to stain.
The thick fibers show minimal watermarks and stains. Stain protector
coatings can be applied, if desired.
- Seagrass is good for the environment (eco-friendly) because it is fast growing and easy to harvest. It is also biodegradable.
- Seagrass natural fiber area rugs can provide noise insulation, an added benefit in high traffic areas.
- The fibers have anti-static properties.
- The fibers have mild anti-bacterial properties and do not collect allergens.
- The natural lines in a seagrass natural fiber rug are in a row. Thus, if a seagrass rug needs to be seamed, the resulting seams will not be visible.
SEAGRASS NATURAL FIBER
To find out more about seagrass natural fiber rugs as well as tips for their cleaning and maintenance, please continue reading here.