Tatami CocoMats are light and easy to handle.
Tatami CocoMats are a new addition to our range of Tatami products.
- Since the Middle Ages Tatami Mats have been part of Japanese culture.
- Samurai who as warriors had high status, we’re told enjoyed sleeping on these mats.
- Gradually these versatile mats became a mass-produced item and anyone who had the yen, could buy.
There are still do’s and don’ts but that’s enough history for now.
Tatami Mats are becoming a global phenomenon. Regions such as Asia and Europe are embracing Tatami. Manufacture is mostly in China but Taiwan and Korea also have factories and make under license. This is a critical point as it keeps standards on an even keel.
- A traditional Tatami Mat is made from compressed rice straw with Sea grass woven around the core and edged with a brocade.
- These materials were readily available in Japan, an island nation and that contributed to their growth.
- It’s fair to say they are heavy, about 25 kg and being a natural product it’s crucial they don’t get wet.
- As with all things that enjoy success there are those who want to improve and better what’s gone before.
CocoMats a Tatami with NEW filling
Tatami Cocomats have recently been introduced into Europe. These mats are quite different, they feel softer and are considerably lighter.
- The core is a combination of coconut hair and a cotton based natural filling.
- Coconut hair fibres are bonded by latex and 1.8 cm thick. A further 1 cm of mixed cotton and linen is laid on top.
- This combination establishes a pliable surface perfect for Yoga and soft exercise. The core is then covered with a soft rush called Igusa grass. Like all “real” Tatami mats the long edge has a Black fabric of some kind.
- Perfect as an exercise or Yoga tatami they can also be used as a bed base or floor mat like the “Trad” version.
- All these improvements make CocoMat Tatami lighter (10 kg) and consequently easier to handle.
- Furthermore there is no aroma or smell when they come out of the packaging. As a result rice straw version sometimes but not always had a “whiff” like any straw. But it would disappear after some days.
Very important in Japanese culture and in my home is for it to be a “shoes free” zone. It’s really nice to walk on Tatami mats especially the Tatami Cocomat.
Most noteworthy is using these Tatami with our range of Low Level beds, pictured below.