Sisal carpet is a natural carpet fiber extracted from Agave plant’s long spiny leaves (species Agave sisalana). Sisal is a highly durable carpet often used in heavy traffic areas and higher end homes. It can be used as a wall to wall carpet, an area rug or runner. Often, sisal area rugs and runners are bound with a canvas border (about an inch wide) for a more tailored finish. In Westchester County NY, sisal has been rapidly growing in popularity. Sisal is also used for rope, twine, cloth, paper, handicrafts and wall coverings.
Many prefer sisals because of their earthy tones, their high end “berber” look/feel and because they hold less allergens. They also love that they are durable and tend to hide dirt/stains.
Because sisal is made entirely of natural plant fibers, it reflects the irregularity found in nature. A perfectly uniform floor covering is not possible using natural sisal fibers. Weaving variations – including knots, slubs, lines and color variances – are an inherent and desirable property of sisal.