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Why are Tatami mats nonreturnable?

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

We receive inquiries from time to time asking why Tatami Mats are non-returnable.  The simple reason is for customer safety. Tatami mats are frequently used to sleep on or used for exercise, yoga, martial arts and meditation.

People sweat and sweat remains on the mat. We only sell new mats and by refraining from accepting returns, our customers are assured that the mats they receive have not been test-driven by another customer.  Shipping mats multiple times, back and forth, subjects them to a possible loss of structural integrity. Mats are always protected, insured and covered against damage during transit so the return policy does not apply to a damaged mat.

Shipping costs make returning mats cost prohibitive.  Carriers have consistently increased shipping costs year after year. Large sized cartons like a tatami mat are subject to over-size handling fees of as much as $80.00 per carton. FedEx even adds additional oversize handling fees during November and December to capitalize on Holiday traffic.

For us, we want to assure our customers they are receiving new, pristine mats.  We don’t sell “retreads”. We don’t sell “gently used” mats.  We sell new, unused mats everyday and we won’t change our minds.  If you shop for tatami mats online, you might want to ask about their return policy.  Do you want new or used tatami mats?  The choice is clear.

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What’s in your mat?

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

Tatami mats have been used for several hundred years beginning as simple, thin roll-able bedding mats and evolving into what is known today, as the traditional tatami mat which is thicker, measuring 2″ thick.

Tatami mats are commonly used as flooring in homes, for tea ceremonies, martial arts, yoga and meditation. As bedding, mats become a base for a mattress or futon and even as a decorative wall covering. In ABC television’s highly acclaimed series, Extreme Makeover – Home Edition, host Ty Pennington used tatami mats from Chopa Zen Home to create a headboard for the master bedroom. It was quite dramatic and beautiful.

These Asian styled mats are filled with piled layers of natural rice straw. The straw is compressed, formed and shaped, then covered with a green, rush grass matting, made from thousands of tightly woven and bound rush reeds. A moisture barrier is sewn to the bottom of the mat, providing additional protection and to help extend the life of the mat. The two longest sides of the mat are wrapped and stitched with a fabric border completing the distinctive tatami mat look.

Over the past decade, manufacturing has undergone some changes. Some producers began using alternative materials for the core, or the filling of the mat. Rather than traditional rice straw, other materials are being used including paper, corrugated, fiber board, foam and other fillings. In our research and experience, these alternative fillings are often inferior to rice straw durability, and the life expectancy of the mat is frequently exaggerated.

In Japan, among the few producers remaining, some use synthetic papers in lieu of rush grass tops. While these mats can simulate a tatami mat, we feel nothing compares to the original, traditional rice straw filled tatami mat for beauty, aesthetics, history and symbolism, not to mention the natural aroma that “real tatami mats” produce.

Chopa Zen Home is an online retailer offering quality, premium grade, 100% rice straw filled tatami mats since 1994. As a provider of beautiful tatami mats at fair and affordable prices, our mats are stocked in the USA and normally ship within one business day. Tatami mats provide the simple life for your inspiration. Welcome to Chopa Zen Home. Zen Inspired Living. Shop with confidence.

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What is in your tatami mat?