The finest quality seagrass fibres traditionally come from the flooded paddy fields of rural China, and it’s these fibres that are used to make seagrass carpets. Though not strictly a grass at all, it has a distinctive hay-like scent that is mostly lost after it is harvested. The crop is harvested by hand, dried and hand spun into cords before being woven into seagrass flooring.
Seagrass flooring is as tough as old boots that might walk on it and its inherent strength makes it a very practical floor, which can be used widely. A seagrass carpet can be fashionably chunky or beautifully fine and part of its charm lies in its naturally flawed finish.
The natural appeal of seagrass stems from its shades of beige, brown and green that are evident even after the fibres are spun into yarn, as unlike coir or sisal, seagrass can’t be bleached or dyed. It then changes colour and matures to the environment in which it has been fitted.