Carpet Alternatives – Seagrass

In the first installment in our series on carpeting alternatives derived from natural plant fibers, we discussed sisal; one among many exciting innovations in flooring for the ecologically-minded consumer.

This time, let’s explore the exciting world of Seagrass! This tough, sturdy plant grows in the tropical climates of China and Vietnam in coastal meadows and riverbanks. It has tiny flowers and oval-shaped leaves. Often confused with seaweed, seagrass is a completely different species supporting a variety of eco-systems within the environment.

Seagrass has long been a popular material throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. Often utilized as a primary source of textile fiber spun into clothing, bedding, carpeting and more, it is just now emerging as a natural and organic choice for carpeting in the Western hemisphere. Its durability and lifespan is unparalleled; and it can even be recycled once it has outlived its usefulness in your home! Additionally, seagrass is versatile; it can be manufactured into area rugs or wall to wall carpeting suitable for any room in the house.

Seagrass has an innate ability to withstand extremes in temperatures. Since seagrass is equally adaptable to indoor or outdoor usage, the weather variation component is important. Seagrass can endure sweltering humidity and freezing precipitation equally well. Maintenance for outdoor seagrass rugs is a breeze – simply use a hose to wash off or sweep with a stiff-bristled broom. Moisture is not an issue as it will dry out quickly and therefore can withstand mold growth.

Obviously, it works just as well indoors with the added benefit of being naturally stain-resistant. Traditionally difficult stains such as wine or tomato sauce will wash off easily if quickly addressed. Whether you prefer seagrass area rugs, wall to wall carpeting, or tiles, its beauty and simple maintenance are appealing to homeowners. Additionally, seagrass can be woven into a myriad of colors and designs enhancing any interior décor.

Check out this organic carpet next time you’re considering flooring options. It may just be the perfect choice for your home!