Natural Footing

The use of plant fibres as a material for durable flooring is a tradition that dates back centuries.

Today, natural fibres are a popular choice because they are environmentally friendly, sustainable, and ideal for people with allergies from chemicals, pesticides and dyes.

I love the earthy smell of a seagrass carpet, there is something comforting and homely about it. Although, the feel underfoot might acquire some adjustment to if you are used to soft wool carpets. The hardwearing, durable nature of most plant fibres makes natural flooring a draw for many. It is a clever choice for high traffic areas, such as hallways and stairs.

Many plant fibres can be used to create woven matting, either to be used as rugs or fitted carpets. The most popular and commonly used are coir, seagrass and jute. Many of these plant fibres are sourced from exotic climes, however there is a local, environmentally friendly option; the bulrush used by Rush Matters which is harvested in the summer from the Rivers Ouse and Nene.

The attraction of plant fibres is not only the natural texture and pleasing aesthetics, but the fact the materials are renewable, and fibres which would otherwise have been wasted are being used for something practical and delightful.

If I need to persuade you any further, scroll through these pictures for some interior inspiration.

Seagrass rug

Seagrass rugs

Seagrass Rug

Seagrass Carpet

Seagrass Carpet

Seagrass Carpet

Seagrass Carpet

Seagrass Carpet

Images from Pinterest and English Home.

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