Sisal is extracted from the Agave Sisalana plant, which is farmed in the
sub-tropical regions of Mexico, Brazil and East Africa. The leaves are dense
with a fine texture and are hand-picked before being crushed to extract
the pure white fibres known as sisal. Sisal is recommended for heavy domestic
and medium contract situations.
The quality of an Allwool carpet is determined by the properties of the
fleeces. For maximum softness, wool from sheep bred in mild climates is
used. These sheep have clean fleeces, producing wool, which is easy to
dye with minimal bleaching. Carpets and rugs made from 100% wool have
natural properties, which make them delightfully soft underfoot but highly
practical too. Not only is wool hard wearing and durable it is also flame
retardant and has a natural resilience to dirt and crushing. Wool is recommended
for heavy domestic and medium contract situations.
Coir is made from the strong fibres of the coconut husk found in the lush
state of Kerala, India. The coconuts grow around the many inland lakes
and waterways. The husks are soaked in water ponds for several months
before long fibres are extracted and spun. Coir is recommended for heavy
domestic and medium contract situations.
Jute is soft and comes from the stalk of the corchorus plant, which is
cut and soaked in ponds to allow bundles of the fibres to be pulled out
by hand. Grown primarily in India, jute is naturally light brown in colour.
Jute is recommended for light domestic situations. For more specific guidelines
go to Product Specification.
Seagrass grows in the tropical climates of China and Vietnam in coastal
meadows on the banks of the rivers. The plant has tiny flowers and strap
like oval leaves. The crop is harvested by hand, dried and hand spun into
cords before being woven into flooring. Seagrass is recommended for medium
domestic and light contract situations.