General SEAGRASS floorcovering information

Seagrass fibers QUALITY of Seagrass Latex Backings
Underlays Marketing Health
Measuring up

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Installing Seagrass Matting: Click this link to read a DIY (Do I Yourself) installation guide for "Seagrass Matting" writen with easy to follow terms for a handyperson to follow. (Not the 4mt wide seagrass carpet)

SEAGRASS is not harvested from the ocean as many think, it is grown in paddy-like fields and needs a flooding of sea-water during the crop cycle, seagrass is one of the most versatile of natural floorcoverings. Its firm almost impermeable fiber is spun into tough strands which shrug off most stains and dirt. This product originally was produced & known as 'Seagrass Matting', (made of small squares sewn together into bales that you laid yourself), Several generations later it is made into 4mt wide seagrass carpet and sometimes mixed with various maze grasses, in various colours & comes with latex backing.

The advantages of seagrass fibers are:

  • Sustainable. (cultivated & harvested from paddy like fields)
  • 100% natural Bio-degradable.
  • Made from infinitely replenishable resources.
  • Non-toxic, Anti static and Antibacterial.
  • Contain Tannins which repel dust mites.
  • Seagrass absorb moisture from the air when it's humid and release it when the humidity drops, this stabilise the surroundings for sensitive noses.
  • Natural colours - fits almost any decor.
  • Hard and resilient fiber provides excellent scrubbing action (ideal for door / entrance mat applications).
  • Seagrass carpet and rugs: hard wearing, rustic and elegant.
  • Moth and rot resistant.
  • Good insulator of heat and bouclé types have the best noise reduction co efficiency.

QUALITY of the Seagrass carpet is dictated by the type of fibers used, the weight at which it is woven & whether it is woven on a handloom or power loom, (most Seagrasses are hand loomed). Over the years their has been significant improvements in this product , Seagrass made on POWERLOOMS are ALWAYS superior in quality & weight to those made on SEMI-POWERED & HANDLOOMS.
The hard Seagrass fiber is naturally stain resistant and Seagrass can be used in most domestic and some light to medium contract situations. It also has the advantage of being totally anti-static. However, castor chair use or areas of heavy footfall do require the added protection of appropriate loose laid mats.

LATEX BACKING in Natural Floorcoverings it is a must for dimensional stability & to assist with the cleaning properties, as very fine dirt retention & filtration through to the underlay is a major part of ALL carpet degradation as it acts not unlike sandpaper once permeated. The latex backing itself stops a large majority of dirt filtration & because their is NO pile in Natural Floorcoverings, thus the dirt is easily removed with a good quality beater brush type vacuum.

UNDERLAYS Play a VERY important factor in the Life of ALL carpets, as excessive underlay/product movement as well as impact abrasion is the major cause of premature wearing.

We recommend the use of a minimum 6lb Underlay (70% Jute & 30% Hair) , but their are special underlays & installation methods at the moment that will produce a lot softer under foot felling than the heaviest traditional Hair/Jute (70% Hair & 30% Jute) Underlays, Which are usually required by these Floorcoverings (Talking in terms of LONGEVITY ), As any PROFESSIONAL should know.

These Heavy Duty Rubber or Foam underlays will cost you only a few $ per sq metre extra, that small additional cost will give you a more softer and luxurious feel. If you have any questions we suggest you contact us as their are a multitude of underlays & installations methods.


MARKETING "SECRETS": We would suggest not to waste "YOUR" precious time getting or asking a "normal" carpet installer / layer (one that installs conventional modern carpets) about any of the NATURAL FLOORCOVERINGS as most wouldn't know of each individual product characteristics & installation requirements, this is only one of the KEY areas that is most often overlooked & misunderstood by clients, I take it we have all seen the results of carpet with bubbles in them caused by, incorrect materials or/& unprofessional installation methods being used.

The choices are simple, QUALITY -v- QUANTITY, unfortunately this will be the simple difference between a Job# that, will give you long lasting satisfaction & trouble free maintenance for years to come, to You & Your Clients.


HEALTH: Seagrass is a carpet that an increasing amount of people are turning to that require, a low dust & low allergy free environment that marries up to wooden flooring & creates a natural look & underfoot feeling that gives a wonderful foot massage, but still don't expect this product to feel as soft as a conventional piled carpet as it is a twine type of carpet.


MAKING A FLOOR PLAN: We can give you a QUOTE via the INTERNET, All you have to do is, draw a simple Plan & forward it with your inquiry. This pages will give you an INSTANT estimate for cost and the usage of materials.

SAMPLE REQUESTS: We can post a few small samples in a C4 envelope FREE of charge if you Provide the product Codes. In addition to small individual samples, we can arrange for you to see roll stock of our natural floorcoverings.