Want to decorate your home in a natural style? Then sisal, a natural fibre, is the ideal choice. Many people, and not just those with allergies, love the material because it is free of pollutants and so versatile. Now that everything is plastic-fantastic, we are becoming more and more aware of our environmental impact; natural materials like sisal let us reduce our carbon footprint at home too – and sisal furniture, upholstery, carpets or even wallpaper can make your space cosier and warmer.
What is sisal?
The fibres come from the leaves of the sisal agave – a fleshy plant native to arid regions; Indonesia and Brazil are the main producers. Compared with the other natural fibres, sisal has not been used for very long – the plant’s benefits were not discovered until the 19th Century. Unfortunately, sisal making decreased drastically once artificial fibres produced from crude oil were invented. However, the interest in natural fibres has risen immensely in recent years – in particular due to the spiralling oil prices and increasing environmental awareness. Sisal fibres are exceptionally robust, strong and durable.