Sisal rugs are made from the fibers of the sisal plant. In the United States sisal, plants can be found in Florida and some of the Caribbean Islands, but has no decisive point of origin. There are plantations of these plants in Yucatan where the plants are cultivated for exportation. The plant is named after the Port of Sisal where the plant is exported to its various destinations. Sisal plants are also found in Brazil, Asia and Kenya Africa. Brazil is known to be the major sisal fiber exporter in the world today.
Fibers from the sisal plant have many uses the most common is in carpets, but are also used to produce paper, some fabric and is used for cat scratching pads. There are three grades of sisal fiber; the lowest grade is used in the production of an inexpensive high quality paper. Medium grade fibers are used for making high quality ropes and cord or twine. Higher-grade fibers once treated are transformed into yarns that are utilized by the carpet industry for making Sisal rugs. These fibers are known for their resilience and elasticity.
The exotic beauty found in sisal carpets in their natural state make them one of the most popular carpets on the market today. These carpets can also be bleached for a lighter coloring while maintaining their natural beauty and exotic flair. The fibers in the sisal carpets are also easily dyed to afford a hint of color while still maintaining that natural look. During the growing process, no chemical fertilizers are used and most weeding is managed by hand with no need for herbicides making these products environmentally friendly, but very labor intensive.
Sisal carpeting is often blended with wool and acrylics to afford a softer feeling carpet. A Sisal rug is easy to maintain because it does not lock in dust or accumulate static. These carpets require nothing more than vacuuming to maintain them. They are easily treated with a fiber sealant for immediate clean up of accidental spills.
Sisal carpets are not recommended as an outdoor carpet where they will be exposed to rain or snow because sisal will expand or contract as it absorbs liquid. Sisal carpets are fire resistant and act as a buffer against loud noises. Sisal rugs or carpets have a flat weave giving them an air of sophistication. Sisal rugs are exceptional for heavier furniture or for the individual who frequently moves their furniture because there is no pile to compress.