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Sisal or Seagrass?

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

Hi everyone!

Today I thought I would cover another topic that we get questions about on a regular basis- The difference between Sisal and Seagrass?

It is easy to forget when you have been working with a product for a long time, that not everyone know's what Sisal or Seagrass is. So it is about time I went fully back to basics and covered the difference between the two! Even down to the pronunciation, as we do hear some funny nicknames for the floor coverings!

Firstly a bit of background information on Sisal and Seagrass....

Sisal - {Sigh- sul}

Sisal was originally used to create strong and versatile twine. To this day, this same concept is now used to create our wonderful Sisal floor coverings.

It is sourced in Brazil, China and Southern Tanzania where the Sisal plant has evolved over time to thrive in scorching temperatures. This makes it strong enough to become one of our most hardwearing coverings.

A lot of work goes in to making the sisal twine, as the Sisal plant is stripped and dried. Sword like leaves are cropped from the plants and dried in scorching heat to expel all moisture. This process takes 30 days in total before being crafted into twine and weaved to create Sisal carpet.

In more recent years, Sisal has become very versatile and used in many rooms of the home. Sisal is also the only natural product that can be dyed hence the extensive colour choice. On top of that, to make it that little bit more luxurious, it can now be woven with 100% wool to create- Sisool, giving the whole floor covering a much softer feel underfoot.

Check out our Sisal Range for some inspiration, or you could design your own using our Rug Designer!

Why Sisal?

  • Most hardwearing floor covering

  • Great for allergy sufferers

  • 15 different weaves

  • Larges choice of colour options

  • Suitable for every room in the house- including stairs.

More information can be found here.

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Seagrass- {Sea- grass}

Seagrass is an underwater hardy grass. It has to withstand mother nature at its worst, underneath the sea, making it our most sturdiest material.

It comes from Vietnamese and Chinese plantations where it lives in the salt water and goes through numerous typhoons. It can often be confused with seaweed- however Seagrass grows flowers and roots unlike seaweed.

Due to its nature, Seagrass is not dyed and only comes in the one natural grass colour. It starts its life off with a green tinge, however over time it dries out more and leaves a wonderful natural light brown colour. Just like dried grass funnily enough!

Another great fact about Seagrass, is due to the salt water where it starts its life, it has naturally gained stain resisting properties, great for a very busy household!

Check out our Seagrass Range for some inspiration, or you could design your own using our Rug Designer!

Why Seagrass?

  • Most practical floor covering

  • Naturally stain resistant and hardwearing

  • 6 different weaves

  • Great if you want a natural colour

  • Suitable for busy rooms eg hallways, dining rooms.

More information can be found here.

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To summarise:

If you are looking for a rug in a particular colour and don't mind keeping on top of cleaning your rug, then Sisal is the one for you.

However if you are looking for a more natural coloured rug and you need something extremely practical then Seagrass is what to go for!

Hope this helps! Feel free to drop us an email or a phonecall if you have any further questions!

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