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What is sisal?
Sisal is a natural fiber that is produced from the long leaves of the Agave Sisalana cactus plant. Grown in arid environments, sisal’s tough fibers are ideal for many hard-wearing products like twines, ropes and rugs. Sisal floor coverings are remarkably versatile and extremely durable, enabling us to produce rugs and carpets in a range of shades and styles.
Why choose sisal?
The exceptionally strong fibers of sisal will stand up well in high traffic areas like living rooms, family rooms, offices and hallways as well as add serene comfort to a bedroom. Sisal fibers bring subtle pattern and muted beauty to create an elegantly restful and harmonious room. The natural color palette of sisal is an excellent foundation for any design style or theme.
Which rug material is right for my lifestyle?
If you need to know how to buy a rug online, which material is right for your lifestyle, or what size rug to purchase, head over to our Rug Buying Guide - Everything You Need to Know.
Are sisal rugs eco-friendly?
Buy sisal rugs or carpet for your home to reflect your unique style and your commitment to sustainability and the environment. Sisal is a renewable resource, biodegradable and free from pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. These attributes also make natural sisal a clean addition to your home, being non-toxic with no off-gassing. Read about our commitment to sustainability here.
Is a sisal rug easy to maintain?
When you buy sisal rugs, your first line of defense is always to vacuum regularly. Vacuuming regularly will pick up dirt and dust from the sisal fibers, thereby preventing embedded soil that can resurface. Sisal fibers do not like to get wet, which is why we recommend that you do not use this fiber in kitchens, laundry rooms and the like. You may choose to apply Sisal-Guard, a spray-on sealant that will act as a barrier to reduce the rate at which natural sisal absorbs liquid.
If ease of maintenance is a priority, our selection of stain-resistant sisals is a great place to start. With all the texture and appeal of sisal, these sisals have been coated with a stain-resistant material to ease your mind while still making a timeless style statement. Wanting the look of sisal but without any worry? Our exclusive SynSisal® collection offers a beautiful and durable synthetic sisal option.
We also recommend a walk-off mat upon entry to your home and a no shoes in the house policy. All of our weaves come with guidelines for care and maintenance to help you care for your purchase and are accessible under the Care tab on each weave page. For more general care guidelines, please visit our Care Guides page.
Will a sisal rug or carpet match my style?
An amazing quality of sisal floor coverings are their ability to act either as a focal point or a frame. A highly versatile natural fiber, sisal has a range of hues and structures that welcome your embellishments—focus the eye and fill the room with a wall-to-wall sisal carpet or layer a smaller, patterned custom sisal rug on top of wall-to-wall carpet to create a frame.
The weave construction adds visual and textural features to your decor as well. The classic bouclé sisal, like our Madrid or Oslo, is a sophisticated foundation for living rooms and can mix with traditional style as well as boho, transitional, cottage, eclectic and minimalist. Basketweave sisal rugs like Halifax or Kent add texture and charm to any space, from dining rooms to hallway runners. The zig zag pattern seen in Hastings and Marbella add energy underfoot. Our Vashon has a lovely herringbone pattern and is stain-resistant.
If you love to thread color throughout your design style, a sisal area rug finished with colorful serged edges is the perfect match. Color Splash takes a classic bouclé-style sisal weave and adds a vibrant color of your choice to the edges, creating a fun design element.
A custom rug from our curated collection of natural sisal, sisal blends or stain-resistant sisals will add an elegant and versatile design element to your space. Read our "What Size Rug Do I Need?" resource to learn more about custom rugs. For a traditional wall-to-wall installation, our sisal collection is available as broadloom and for that extra large room, we carry extra-wide sisals that are wider than the traditional 13’ 2” width.
Is sisal a good choice for kitchens or other areas that may get wet?
Sisal is highly absorbent and can act as a natural humidifier in dry climates but it will not fare well outdoors or in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms or mudrooms where contact with water is a risk. Many people love the look of a natural sisal area rug in a kitchen since it is a warming counterbalance to the hard surfaces and hard-working appliances that make up a kitchen. If bringing the look of sisal into your kitchen is desired, applying Sisal-Guard is an option. Sisal-Guard is a spray-on sealant that will act as a barrier to reduce the rate at which natural sisal absorbs liquid. Additionally, our selection of stain-resistant sisals or our exclusive SynSisal® collection of synthetic sisals are both dependable options.
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