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Lisa Parsons:

I’m a lover of sisal myself. It looks great and wears OK. It’s a bit of a nightmare when it comes to lifting it up tho. eg on door thresholds or if a plumber has to get under the floorboards for whatever reason…it frays.

Originally posted on Our Thoughts About Rugs:

Natural fiber rugs are popular in our southern climate and have been since antebellum times.  Have you ever wondered what the difference between sisal, seagrass, mountain grass or jute?

SISAL

This is what most people call any rug made of a “grass”, but it is actually a specific plant fiber.  It comes from the agave plant, but not the same species that makes tequila. In addition to area rugs it is used for twine and cat scratching posts.  Because of its strength it is made into ropes as well.

Sisal can be scratchy, but the look is great.  Some sisal can stain with water more than other grass fibers.

SEAGRASS

Seagrass comes from the Sedge family of plants grown in the Asia-Pacific region.  The yarns produced by seagrass are non-porous which helps it to resist staining.  The fibers are smooth giving the rugs a smoother texture and sheen.  Many of…

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