Sisal is a tall grass that produces lustrous and creamy white fibers. Exceptionally strong, durable and stretchable, sisal is one of the most hardwearing natural fibers and it does not absorb moisture. Seagrass is also an extraordinarily durable marine grass whose flat fibers are ideal for weaving various domestic products. Seagrass is grown in open wetlands in Asia. The crop is then harvested and woven to make seagrass rugs.
These organic rugs are light brown or tan in color and have a rough feel to them. The rugs typically have a canvas edging to prevent them from unraveling. Some seagrass mats may also have a foam backing which adds cushioning and prevents the rug from slipping and scratching the floor. Both seagrass and sisal are naturally resistant to stains.
The grass fibers are tightly woven together to form seagrass rugs. They may be woven in a variety of patterns, and a basket-weave style is the most common. Single or multiple strands can be woven together to create different designs. Some of these natural fiber rugs are hand-woven, while others are created by weaving machines. Seagrass varies in color, usually beige or tan, and some stalks may be a faint olive green color. This variance means that the shade of a seagrass rug can vary. It may even contain light brown strands with specks of green mixed in which adds to the overall aesthetic quality.
There is usually a border around the edge of seagrass rugs, which serves two purposes.
1) Decoration and beauty, and
2) It keeps the fibers intact so they won’t unravel or tear.
The border is typically around one to two inches wide, depending on the overall size of the rug itself. Canvas, nylon, or bamboo might be used for the border. Most borders are light brown or black in color.