Are you trying to come up with a design for your home, but just can't seem to find the right one? What if you did a Japanese design using Tatami mats as flooring? Now your probably thinking you're unsure of the idea because you don't even know what Tatami mats are? Well, that's okay! I will explain what Tatami mats are and how to use them in a Japanese design inside your home.
History of the Mats
Tatami mats have been used for many years as flooring, beds, and as something to sit on the floor with for seating. Tatami mats are made with long grass, which is also known as woven rush. It's been said the Tatami mats are used to help you stay healthy because the grasses that they are made with suck up dampness from the air when too much is present. Then, when the air is dry the mats release the moisture back into the air for added moisture. But, no need to worry because the mats always stay dry no matter what.
The mats are also used during yoga sessions so people can stretch out and do there workout upon them while breathing in the so called relaxing scent the mats release that help calm the mind and spirit. The mats however, are not just used for mats; they are also used in some countries as bedding to lie upon as a place to sleep to keep ticks and other harmful pests away.
Tatami mats even have a deep history and interesting story behind them. It is said, that when you use Tatami mats in your home you do not want to place them in a grid like structure because it creates bad luck and will curse you for years on end. Many Japanese homes are based upon this tradition, which is why you will see the mats laid out side by side instead.
Rules of the Japanese Mat
If you're trying to make a Japanese setting within your home using the Tatami mats the first rule is to never lay out the mats in a grid like structure because again this is bad luck.
The second rule when using the mats in your home as flooring is to never allow shoes onto the mats because it's disrespectful to your home.
The third rule if your going to use this sacred mats as flooring is to never allow talking on the mats while standing and always remain sitting on the mat while in full conversation with a person as a form of respect. Being upon the mat is all about respecting ones property, yourself, and others.
Creating a Layout with the Mats
If you're unsure of how to lay out your Tatami mats in your home, check out Proper Tatamin Mat Layouts. This website shows you some picture on how to lay out your mats properly so bad luck isn't brought upon you or your family.
Where to Purchase the Mats
Now, if you are looking to purchase some Tatami mats you are going to need to check out the websites I have listed below this paragraph. These online stores and website allow you to purchase Tatami mats of any size, shape, and color right off the sight using your credit card or debit card.
The mats you will find on these website are all handmade using either grass of some sort, long weeds, and woven rush, and the mats are typically outlined around the edges with one hundred percent cotton to add a little design. When you're buying a Tatami mat the prices will vary because the mats are made with different grasses and straw, which may cost more or less.
I hope the information helps you design your Japanese styled home just right. Remember, keep that mouth shut if your standing on the mats and do not place them in a grid like structure. After all, a curse is the last thing you need to deal with it.