Friday, September 25, 2009

Sisal 101

I've come across a lot of interiors with sisal rugs lately. Once used heavily in beach decor, sisal rugs are now making an entrance in land-locked homes too. These textured rugs are made from dried fibers from agave, also known as the cactus. They can be used in rooms with busy patterns on the fabric and furniture, anchoring the space. Or, they can be used in soft, neutral spaces adding texture and visual interest to a tone-on-tone palette. The fibers can be dyed in a range of neutral shades, from light sand to dark chocolate.

Sisal rugs get a bum rap when it comes to care and maintenance. However, most people aren't aware that the sisal fibers are static-free and do not attract dirt. Vacuuming is the best way to clean sisal rugs. Water will stain sisal, so it is best not to place rugs in the kitchen, bathroom, or outdoors. If you do spill something on a sisal rug, blot it and dry with a hair dryer. Also, Crate and Barrell sells a dry removal product called Host to remove spills and stains.

(photographs from Better Homes and Gardens)


  1. I hate the feel of sisal under my feet, any suggestions?

  2. On Sunday Oct. 12 I will be posting Sisal 102, alternatives to sisal. Thanks! - Erica

  3. Sorry, meant Monday, Oct. 12


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