Creative Options for Carpet Made From Natural Fibers
Homeowners are increasingly turning to eco-friendly carpets to make their homes healthier and friendlier to the environment. Thanks to advances in manufacturing, natural carpet options are more abundant and affordable.
Yesterday’s carpets were often made, in part or whole, of synthetic materials. They were also treated with chemicals to protect them from spills and increase their life. But those materials and chemicals were bad for people and the environment.
For example, synthetic materials aren’t recyclable and biodegrade slowly. And chemicals often release gasses that harm air quality. Here are 5 all-natural carpet options that are attractive and good for the planet.
You might recognize jute from its use in carpet backing and for ropes. Like coir, jute is an inexpensive plant-based carpet fiber. This soft, natural carpeting is best placed in low-traffic areas of your home where comfort is a priority. Keep in mind that it’s prone to tears and wears quicker than heavier fibers.
Seagrass paddies are flooded annually with seawater, which is where the name comes from. This strong material is highly stain resistant and good at deflecting discoloration and dirt. You’ll want to think of matching its light, wheat colored tone with your room because it can’t be dyed.
Sometimes, you’ll see colored weft added to the weave to add visual variety. Seagrass, like wool and coir, needs to be kept dry to protect it from mold and mildew.
Sisal’s a good middle ground for natural carpeting. Like wool, it’s durable and soft. Unlike other plant-based carpeting material, like seagrass, it will take a dye (though it will also stain easily without proper treatment). Its tough, soft texture makes it suitable for almost any room, from high-traffic living rooms to bedrooms.
You’ll want to be careful to keep sisal carpeting dry. Sisal isn’t cheap—still less than wool. But it’s available in several patterns and colors, so you can easily modify it for your interior design plan.
Wool is one of the most common, and expensive, natural carpet fibers. This soft, durable material is at home in almost any interior. And it’s surprisingly durable. And thanks to its natural coating, it’s resistant to spills, stains and fire.
Just like wool coats and scarves, its fibers create air pockets, so it acts as a natural insulator. Remember, it performs best in dry areas because of the risk of mold and mildew (a wool-hemp blend will give you a more moisture-resistant weave).
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly carpet option for high traffic areas of your home, coir is excellent. This inexpensive material is woven from coconut husks. Because of its abrasive and highly durable texture, it’s best for spaces like foyers and hallways. It’s also popular in rustic environments like cabins and lodges.
Despite it’s rough exterior, you can order it in a variety of patterns, like herringbone and diamond weaves. Be aware that it should be kept dry and stains easily.
To learn more about all your natural carpet options, visit S&G Carpet and More atwww.sgcarpet.com today.