One of the many popular natural fiber carpet manufacturers like to use is “Coir”. Coir carpets are great alternative flooring than tiles and wood. It gives a certain boost in the aesthetic levels of your home while being eco-friendly as it is made of natural processes. Coir is a traditional textile made out of coconut husk that is abundant in India.
Carpets usually made out of coir are woven using traditional but intricate weaving patterns such as panama, herringbone and boucle. These patterns make this carpet an excellent choice for many people who want to add some character and eccentricity into their homes. Latex is poured at the back of the produced carpet to help it mold its shape and retain that shape. The natural colors of coir are brown and gold which gives it an elegant touch and make it a versatile carpet for any home. The colors are modified through bleaching only.
But Coir carpets are not an ideal carpet to use on areas where you tend to lie on because it is a coarse material. If you have no idea how it feels like, imagine rubbing your skin against a coconut husk – the fibrous shell that is colored brown. It is an uncomfortable carpet which is why it is best placed on areas that you won’t have to sit on or lie on such as the doorway or beneath furniture to protect your floor from getting scratches.
Another major disadvantage of using coir for carpets is that they have proven to be easily worn and torn with heavy use and foot traffic. It has been attested that wool will prove to be a much more durable choice than coir. But since it has a coarse and rough texture, people instantly think that it will last them longer. Wrong. It may be durable enough to withstand normal domestic use and foot traffic but it can’t hold too much of such. Heavy use and foot traffic has proven to make carpets made of coir prone to wear and tear.
Aside from that, coir is also very susceptible to staining unlike Seagrass and Sisal carpets. Water is one of the major contributors to staining coir as it leaves permanent marks on carpets made of such. So if you want to use carpets made out of coir, make sure that you don’t place it in kitchens, bathrooms and outside where it can be reached by precipitation as it will damage the carpet.
Despite its shortcomings, there are also advantages to purchasing carpets made of coir. For one, it is definitely cheaper than any other natural fiber carpets and has proven to be a great alternative to Sisal. Retail price of such carpets range from £10 – £20 so it is definitely an inexpensive choice. Another great thing about such carpets is that there are more options for fitted ones that you can have installed in your home. You can choose from 2, 4 and 5 meters with the right amount of tolerance that can easily fit most hallways, corridors and homes.
Coir carpets may have its shortcomings but they have proven that they can still be functional. But before you decide if you want this or not, weigh the pros and cons first to know if this is the carpet for you.