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If a Japanese-style room doesn’t smell of Igusa, it is likely that a different material which is not Igusa is used.

Among our foreign customers, there are many customers who find this smell pleasant, and there also many customers who find this smell not to their liking. As the smell is caused by the material, there will be no difference even when changed to another mat as the smell is unique to tatami mats themselves. The smell of traditional Igusa (Rush grass) is something the Japanese people love, but some non-Japanese people do not like it. If a Japanese-style room doesn’t smell of Igusa, it is likely that a different material which is not Igusa is used. For example, Tatami mats with surfaces made from resins (TOKYO SERIES), or Japanese paper […]

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Tatami texture

Classic Series Traditional Cloth Edging Design The edging seen in the Classic Series is a traditional pattern.We offer two types with differing lengths and these are made thicker than our other tatami mat series. When placed over flooring, the small elevation made by this tatami creates an entirely new space Classic Series https://japanese-tatamimat.com/classic ZEN This tatami does not have an aroma as it does not contain materials made from igusa. Just like the Tokyo Series, these mats have been water and stain proofed, so no matter the spill; water, tea, coffee, etc., there will be no trace left after cleaning. Extremely water repellant and resistant to color fading. ZEN Series […]

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In Japan rice straw tatami mats have largely fallen out of use

In Japan rice straw tatami mats have largely fallen out of use. This is due to changes in the home environment. Until 50 years ago, Japanese homes tended to be constructed of wood, and using rice straw tatami mats in these buildings was not a problem. Nowadays however homes are built to be airtight.