Sisal Season– Bradford's Rug Gallery

Sisal Season

Sisal Season
Summer is coming ever closer and summer is truly sisal season, nothing provides that light and airy beach feel like the unique, textured look of a sisal rug. Natural plant fibers, including sisal, jute, seagrass, and coir, can offer tight construction, intricate woven designs, and natural tonal hues to add interest to a room without becoming too over powering. Also extremely versatile, they can be used alone or layered with other area rugs, blending quietly and elegantly with bolder prints and patterns.
More about each natural plant fiber, courtesy of Fibreworks:

A durable plant fiber harvested from the mature leaves of the agave sisalana plant. Since most weeding is done by hand, no pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used in sisal production.

Harvested from the skin, or bast, of the jute plant. Jute is sustainably grown, pollution-free and completely biodegradable.

Extracted from the skin of the coconut fruit, which is cured by the sun and spun into yarn. Whatever can’t be used for food or for coir yarn gets combined with other organic materials and used as compost in soil treatment.

This natural fiber is non-porous and comes in a naturally beautiful range of pale green and gold that mellow over time. Seagrass rugs are never treated with dye, so they’re a great choice for those with chemical sensitivities.

If you would like to learn more about plant versus animal fibers in rugs visit our blog post Material Matter.

All natural plant fiber rugs have normal irregularities that are considered part of their charm. Variations in weave and shading, for example, create a distinctive, interesting character that makes natural fiber floor coverings unique. All natural grass fiber floor coverings are "perfectly imperfect." 
Though grass fibers are hard wearing, environmentally friendly, and offer a great look at a reasonable price - they are not appropriate for all applications. Liquids can pose potential staining issues, so using sisal in kitchens, dining rooms or other areas where liquids may frequently be spilled is not ideal. If you do have a wet spill on your sisal rug we recommend sopping up as much of the liquid as possible and then applying a dry extraction powder (such as HOST) to the area.
All in all, sisal and all the other grass fibers add an overall relaxed yet sophisticated look to any space. The perfect combination of a neutral color and textural interest, sisal can bring the beach right into your home.
If you would like to see all our different sisal weave options please stop by our gallery at 297 Forest Ave, in Portland, Maine. Sisal rugs are available in standard sizes as well as custom sizes.