Seagrass vs Sisal

There are many good reasons to consider a natural fiber rug for your space. Natural fiber rugs (seagrass, sisal, coir, abaca, jute) are sustainable and eco friendly. They are non-toxic and have no off-gassing. They create a unique look in the home and hold up well in high traffic areas. Two of the most popular natural fiber rugs are sisal and seagrass, and while it is common for all natural fiber rugs to be lumped together under one label, they have their own distinct differences to be aware of when selecting one for your home.


Seagrass is woven from a flowering plant that grows in low-lying meadows in the Asia-Pacific region of the world. The fast growing, grass-like leaves are harvested and woven into a variety of products including rugs. Because the fibers are strong and non-porous, the rug created is durable and naturally resistant to stains. It is also resistant to dye and for this reason seagrass rugs come in only their natural color. A new rug will usually appear as a light green that will turn a brownish tan over time. This creates a neutral, somewhat rustic look in your home. The color of a seagrass rug can be impacted by sunlight, so you may want to consider a different material in a particularly bright area. The non-porous nature of seagrass allows for use in areas that may be prone to moisture such as kitchens and bathrooms. However, these spaces will be better served by a bound area rug that can be aired rather than wall-to-wall carpeting. Seagrass is the more affordable option for natural fiber rugs, is surprisingly comfortable under foot, and is also a good option for allergy-sufferers as it does not attract or hold onto dirt and dust. Caring for your seagrass rug is as simple as vacuuming and quickly attending to any spills.


Sisal is another excellent option to consider among natural fiber rugs. Sisal rugs are woven together from the leaves of the agave cactus plant. These tough, fibrous leaves produce a durable rug that is non-toxic and eco friendly. Sisal fibers are porous, so unlike seagrass, sisal rugs take dyeing well and are available in a wide variety of colors and styles. If you want a natural fiber rug that looks less rustic or neutral, a sisal rug is likely the best choice for your space. While they can be neutral, certain styles and colors can be an excellent focal point in a room. Sisal rugs are the most popular natural fiber rugs. They do well in high traffic areas but should not be used in any spaces that are prone to moisture due to their porous fibers. To extend the life of your sisal rug, you can protect it with a stain resistant treatment. Aside from avoiding moisture, care for a sisal rug is similar to that of seagrass and regular vacuuming is recommended.

There are so many textures, style options, and even colors among natural fiber rugs. As you narrow down the look you want for your space, contact us at Floor Zone for the next steps in finding the perfect carpet that you will continue to use and love for many years to come.