Tatami Mats for Modern Living

Tatami Mats for Modern Living

Gregory Han
Sep 20, 2007

While searching around for info about Tetsubachi basins for the previous pet bowl post, we meandered over to this site selling tatami mats for the home, and began to think how these traditional Japanese floor mats would make for a fine natural flooring alternative for a modern home...

Tatami mats are constructed of 4,000 to 5,000 woven rushes, with a straw stuffing and a cloth border; this squashed inner core of cotton holds in heat well, and the material also absorbs humidity from the air (which then supposedly evaporates back into the air for a cooling effect), and is probably a lot more hygienic than a carpet or rug. Tatami mats also have the added benefit of bringing in a natural grassy fragrance (instead of VOC fumes) and are naturally treated to repel insects. Just remember to place the mats out in an auspicious layout, lest you bring in bad luck.

[Photo from the Lilly Library of Earlham College]

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