Sisal carpets are becoming an increasingly popular flooring option as we become more and more concerned about sustainability. Sisal provides a much more environmentally friendly alternative to commonly used synthetic materials like nylon and polyester, which require large amounts of fossil fuels to make. Instead, natural fibre carpets use renewable, eco-friendly materials, allowing you to create a stylish home without harming the planet.
While there are a number of natural fibre carpeting options out there, sisal is by far one of the most popular amongst homeowners. Aside from it being kinder to the planet, many prefer sisal carpet because of its earthy tones, high end look and feel, and durability.
If you’re thinking of purchasing a new carpet for your home, here’s everything you need to know about sisal to see if it’s the right carpet choice for you.
Sisal carpets are made entirely of natural plant fibres, which makes them very durable and hard-wearing, while staying firm underfoot. This means that sisal carpets are the ideal option for use in busy areas of your home, such as stairs, halls, and entryways.
When it comes to selecting the best sisal carpet for you, it’s important to consider the texture and colour that’ll suit your space best. This will differ depending on room use and décor. While cream, sand and wheat colours tend to be best for a light, neutral look, mottled colours may be better for hiding stains.
Sisal carpets also come in a variety of weaves and designs. Some of the most popular sisal carpet weaves include herringbone, tiger eye, basket weave and boucle. A herringbone weave tends to provide a slightly flatter look, while tiger eye is best if you want a chunkier carpet.
Sisal is a long and coarse fibre obtained from the leaves of the agave plant. These fibres are strong and stiff, making them ideal for creating firmer, harder-wearing carpets.
Despite the agave plant being indigenous to the Americas, most of the sisal used to produce carpets today comes from East Africa. This fibre is better suited to making carpets as it is longer, finer and white. As a result, it can be dyed clear or with colours, and is easier to spin a smoother yarn for a quality finish.
Sisal is made by collecting the leaves of agave plants and separating the long leaf fibres out using machine decortication – a process by which the leaf is crushed between rollers. The resulting pulp is then scraped from the fibre and the fibre is washed and sun-dried. Finally, the fibres are carefully spun into fine carpet yarns.
Before deciding whether a sisal carpet is right for you and your home, it’s essential you weigh up the pros and cons of sisal carpet.
Pros of sisal carpet
Cons of sisal carpet
Sisal carpets vary widely in price, depending on a range of factors:
Our Havana sisal carpet is available in 4m and 5m lengths and comes in at £44.99 per m² and with fitting from £5.30 per m², it costs just over £600 to carpet a small (4x3m) room (that’s not including underlay, door bars, or grippers). Go ahead and browse our selection of sisal carpets online, then head to your nearest Tapi store to get a quote for your new carpet. Alternatively, if you're still deciding, why not take a look at our sisal vs jute vs seagrass guide?
Now you know everything there is to know about sisal carpets, you can be confident you’ve chosen the right flooring for your home. So, in the meantime, why don’t you go take a look at our ideas hub to get some more inspiration?