Rugs made from natural fibers are becoming more popular now, and seagrass rugs are especially gaining in popularity.
Seagrass is a type of flowering plant that grows underwater in the sea. Since it is a plant it photosynthesizes and
so cannot live in really deep water where sunlight won't reach it. It usually grows in sandy or silty soils, although
some species of seagrass can actually grow right on top of rocks! Seagrass tends to grow in large groups, resembling
fields of wheat or grass, which is how it got its name of seagrass.
It is believed that seagrass evolved after land plants - having adapted back to living under water. The flowers
of seagrass even grow underwater and are pollinated there too! (Except one species of seagrass from the Pacific, whose
flowers get pollinated right at the water's suface. )
Many people mistakenly believe that seagrass is the same thing as seaweed. It isn't. Seaweed is an algae, not a
plant. Being a plant, seagrass has flowers, seeds and fruit and makes oxygen - seaweed doesn't.
There are 2.7 millions acres of seagrass growing off the coast of Florida. This seagrass prairie helps
keep the water clear, slows down erosion of the coastal waters of Florida, provides habitat and food for fish
and other animals, and protection from predators. Seagrass is very important for the health of marine ecosystems.
Seagrass has also been used by people since antiquity and especially used in making rugs and mats.
Seagrass Rugs are getting more popular by the day as an alternative to typical carpets and rugs.
Rugs made from seagrass can be woven into different patterns such as natural,
basketweave and arrowhead. Many times seagrass rugs are left in its natural color. Good ones
will have a strong backing on it. It makes a very durable rug. Sometimes they have a natural scent to
them, but it fades away after a while.
Other uses for seagrass include:
Stuffing pillows and mattresses
Thatch for roofs (it rots very slowly and is flea proof!)
A seagrass rug is a very good choice for those wanting a rug made from a natural fiber. It is very durable and
See the rest of the Rug Decorating Guide series of articles to learn all you ever wanted to know about rugs (and more)!
Natural fiber rugs,
Bear, zebra and other animal skin rugs,
Rugs for specials needs and special rooms,
and Kilim rugs.