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Tatami flooring is the most typical element of Japanese interior.

Traditional tatami is a mat stuffed with rice straw and wreathed with the slipcover of plaited dry Juncus effusus herb. Edges are usually braided with monochromatic or inwrought strip. Surface of such tatami flooring is smooth, soft and nice to touch. Tatami is stiff, conditionally soft and always of the room temperature. It is comfortable to walk over and sit on it. Tatami control temperature and dump levels in premises, which is especially relevant to people with joint disorders. Juncus fabric is silk-soft to touch and delivers pleasant smell of dried grass. Tatami can be laid over wooden floor or naked floor. Modern tatami stuffed with rice straw is most often used in premises, which require preservation of authenticity. Authenticity lovers, who choose to maintain traditions and heritage rather than pragmatism, prefer namely this floor covering. 

Modern tatami marches with technologies. Vashi paper (wood fabric) is one of the most advanced types of tatami, which has the largest market share in Japan. Unlike traditional tatami, the pored cedar fibre panel is wreathed with wood fibre in this case. This new generation product has got all good specifications of traditional tatami and yet it has even more advantages. It can be laid on various floor surfaces: wooden floor, as a substitute for carpet or carpeting, heated floor, floor heating film, tiles and smoothened concrete base. Manufacturing process of this type of tatami differs in that the wood fabric and wood fibre is heated to several hundred degrees and therefore tatami flooring is not sensitive to temperature fluctuations (it neither expands nor shrinks). Wood fabric tatami, unlike the one made of grass, does not change colour or fade. Due to the said wood fabric heating method this floor cover does not cause allergies, since it prevents accumulation of dust mite and mould. This type of tatami is made of 100% natural components so it does not emit chemical substances harmful to human health.

One of the most important achievements of this technologically advanced product is that it reduces concentration of toxic constructional vapour in newly-constructed premises. The spread tatami reduces concentration of harmful substances in up to 3.5 times within the first 5 hours. It absorbs heavy toxic particles and does not emit them back to environment. This was confirmed by many tests in modern construction objects. Since heavy particles accumulate near the floor surface tatami flooring is especially recommended for children’s rooms because children’s life in the first year of their life is mostly about floor, which is the most aggressive environment, while tender and soft surface of tatami reduces risks of traumas and minor injuries.

As for heat control, the wood fabric tatami is much superior to natural grass tatami. It is cold-resistant in winter and adds freshness and coolness in summer. Naturally pored body of cedar wood fibre allows air accumulation between fibres and this arrests warmth or coolness, balances humidity and ensures excellent noise insulation.

Vashi paper tatami withstands heavy furniture (no indentations remain on its surface); therefore, it is becoming more popular in Japanese and other interiors.

It is recommended to use vashi paper tatami as bed mattress due to its better ventilation and dump control characteristics. Mattresses for sleeping can be softened with grinded coal layer, if necessary. Usually futon (cotton mattress; can contain latex) is put on tatami – this depends on the required softness of mattress.

Tatami mattresses can be put on bed frame, laid over wood base of the sleeping area or directly on the floor.

The products and all their composites are made in Japan. We hope You will be interested in this article, which is new to Lithuanian market.


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