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What is a Tatami Mat?

A tatami mat is a traditional Japanese floor mat made of woven straw and rushes. It is the traditional flooring material used in Japanese homes, temples, and other buildings and is still widely used today. Tatami mats are made of a woven rush grass called igusa, which is then filled with soft rice straw and bound together with cotton or hemp string. The edges of the mat are finished with a fabric border and the entire mat is covered with a woven rush grass called a tatami omote.

Tatami mats are usually rectangular in shape and measure about 90 cm by 180 cm. They are usually placed in a room with the long side running along the length of the room. The thickness of the mats varies from one to four inches, and the mats are usually arranged in a grid pattern with a space between each mat.


Tatami mats are not just used for flooring but also for decoration. They are often used to create a traditional Japanese feel in a room, and are often used to cover walls or to create furniture. The mats are also used to make cushions and pillows for seating.


Tatami mats are known for their durability and comfort. They are easy to clean and maintain, and can last for years with proper care. They are also resistant to mold, mildew, and other pests.


Tatami mats are a great way to add a traditional Japanese feel to any room. They are comfortable, durable, and easy to maintain, making them a great choice for any home.

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