Tatami Mats: All-Natural Meets Comfort and Support
Our authentic, traditional Japanese Tatami Mats are the perfect Asian style floor covering and are both comfortable enough to walk on and yet soft enough to rest on or perhaps lay a Japanese Shiki Mat, Futon, or even a Mattress on.
Authentic Japanese Style Tatami Mats
Our exclusive Tatami Mats are designed to withstand years and years of heavy use. Great for entrance areas, dining rooms, meditation rooms, bedrooms or martial arts studios.
Manufactured in Taiwan for the Japanese Home market and bearing the JAL approval certificate for quality, and for use of non-toxic materials in construction, our Haiku Designs Tatami mats are quite simply the best tatami mats available in the American market today.
Our mats are constructed in much the same way Tatami mats have been traditionally made in the east, for hundreds of years. For instance, our mats use all natural Rush grass exterior, and rice straw foundation, instead of the wafer board, or particle board or that is commonly found in less expensive mats. Layered Rice straw is more time consuming to manufacturer but it gives our mats that firm feeling with a slight and comfortable give that make Tatami mats such a unique and valuable floor covering.
In addition, the Rush grass straw used as a covering for our Tatami mats is rated, "Best Grade #1", meaning little or no visible variation in grass straw pattern, further evidence of the quality of construction used in the Haiku Designs Tatami Mats. This entire package is then wrapped in a durable cloth edging and tightly woven and tension stitched to prevent warping or bending.
Tatami Mats are Eco-Friendly: Better for you and your home
Because Tatami Mats include a large portion of rush straw, they are classified an agricultural product and must meet strict U.S. Department of Agricultural custom regulations designed to prevent the introduction of insects, and molds into the country. Most Tatami mat manufacturers meet these requirements by placing toxic powder insecticide coatings into several layers of the tatami mat or fumigating the entire mat with pesticide gas- not ours.
Our Tatami Mats are the cleanest, most eco-friendly mats available today because they are processed and manufactured naturally. Instead of toxic pesticide powders, fumigation gas or sprays, our mats meet the U.S. Customs requirements by means of an infrared heat process that gently heats the mats eliminating any potential molds. In addition, our rush straw components are thoroughly washed using a special process before manufacturing, eliminating any potential problems.
What this means to you is that the Tatami mats from Haiku Designs offer a beautiful, harmonious traditional Japanese style floor covering for your home or office that is made from all-natural, renewable materials in a way that is Eco-friendly and toxin free. With proper treatment, our Tatami mats will last up to 20 years.
Tatami Floor Mats - Auspicious 5 Piece Set Layout
In the Edo period of classical Japanese culture, the art of placing Tatami mats in a certain pattern in a home, teahouse, or temple was thought to be auspicious and to bring good fortune. This later came to be known as a Washitsu room or a Japanese style room. When complimented with traditional Japanese Furniture such as futons and Rice paper lamps, the resulting room produces a sense of natural beauty, harmony, and simplicity-all key elements of Japanese home design. We've got the 5-piece Auspicious Tatami Set so you can recreate the pattern in your home.
Benefits of Tatami Mats
Tatami mats are an all natural floor covering that is are supportive to the body, but also less jarring and impactful to the knees, back, and joints when walking. They are also a natural air purifier, cleaning the air by absorbing nitrogen dioxide in the room. In addition our All Natural Tatami mats do not off gas any dangerous chemicals, pesticides, or Formaldehyde gasses, as they are a 100 % natural produce. The Rush Grass layering of our Tatami mats makes them hydroscopic; absorbing moisture during periods of high humidity and naturally discharging the moisture back into the room when the air is dry, creating a comfortable and balanced home environment. As an added benefit Tatami mats act as an insulator as well, keeping your room cool in the summer and holding heat and warmth during the cold season.