One of the many popular manufacturers of natural fiber rugs that they like to use is “Coir.” Coir rugs are a great flooring alternative to tile and wood. It gives a certain boost to the aesthetic levels of your home and it is eco-friendly as it is made from natural processes. Coconut fiber is a traditional fabric made from coconut shell that is abundant in India.
Rugs usually made from coconut fiber are woven using traditional yet intricate weaving patterns such as panama, herringbone and buckle. These patterns make this rug a great choice for many people who want to add some character and eccentricity to their homes. Latex is poured onto the back of the produced rug to help it mold its shape and retain it. The natural colors of the coir are brown and gold, giving it an elegant touch and making it a versatile rug for any home. Colors are changed only by bleaching.
But coir rugs are not an ideal rug to use in areas where you tend to lie down because it is a thick material. If you have no idea what that feels like, imagine rubbing your skin against a coconut shell, the fibrous brown husk. It’s an uncomfortable rug, so it’s best to place it in areas where you won’t have to sit or lie down, such as the entryway or under furniture, to protect your floor from scratches.
Another major downside to using coir for carpeting is that it has been shown to wear and tear easily with heavy use and foot traffic. Wool has been attested to prove to be a much more durable option than coir. But since it has a thick and rough texture, people instantly think that it will last them longer. Wrong. It may be strong enough to withstand normal household use and foot traffic, but it can’t hold too much. Heavy use and foot traffic have been shown to make rugs made from coir prone to wear and tear.
Other than that, coir is also very likely to stain, unlike Seagrass and Sisal rugs. Water is one of the main contributors to coir stains, as it leaves permanent marks on rugs made from this material. Therefore, if you want to use rugs made from coir, make sure not to place them in kitchens, bathrooms and outside where precipitation can reach them as it will damage the rug.
Despite its shortcomings, there are also advantages to buying mats made from coir. For one, it is definitely cheaper than any other natural fiber rug and has proven to be a great alternative to sisal. The retail price of such rugs ranges from £10 to £20, so it is definitely a budget option. Another great advantage of these types of rugs is that there are more options for fitted rugs that you can have installed in your home. You can choose between 2, 4, and 5 meters with the right amount of tolerance that can easily fit into most hallways, hallways, and homes.
Coir mats may have their flaws, but they have proven that they can still be functional. But before you decide whether or not you want this, first weigh the pros and cons to see if this is the rug for you.