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Tatami Mat Information Guide

Tatami Mats Benefits | Which Tatami Mat? | Tatami Mat Materials | Tatami Mats Care | Layout Ideas | Shipping

Benefits of Tatami Mats

Tatami mats help to clean the air by absorbing nitrogen dioxide in the room.  They are also hydroscopic; absorbing moisture during periods of high humidity and naturally discharging the moisture when the air is dry. Tatami mats act as an insulator as well, keeping your room cool in the summer and warmer in the winter time. 

Which Tatami is Right for Me?

Our tatami mats are some of the best available and are made according to Japanese manufacturing specifications.  Our manufacturer has won numerous awards for quality and excellence in sustainably harvested materials. 

The rice straw mat is the traditional Japanese tatami fill and is used primarily in residential settings.  It offers a slightly softer feel for sitting and walking. 

Choose a mat size that satisfies your needs, whether it be for a bed or floor. All our mats have a traditional black cotton border and some sizes come with a brocade border - just click on the mat size or set you are looking for to see if this option is available.

Tatami Mat Materials

Our Tatami mats are carefully crafted according to Japanese manufacturing specifications.  The top of the mat is constructed from a double layer of woven Japanese Igusa Rush Grass.  The rice straw fill is naturally dried for one year and baked at very high temperatures to create a pest free, sterile fill that is safe for your home.  Each Tatami is sewn together with a black cotton fabric border and bound by organic twine.  Our Tatami are finished with a moisture resistant barrier at the foundation to add years to the life of each mat.  The fiber fill mats are made from a natural, dense cellulose tree fiber which is dried and heat treated at very high temperatures.  Our manufacturer has won an award of excellence for sustainably harvested materials.

Tatami mats are not fire retardant.

Care of Tatami Mats

Tatami mats are green when new and over time will dry to become tan in color.  To extend the life of your Tatami, keep them dry to avoid possible mildew.  If possible, remove the mats quarterly and allow them to dry in the sun for an afternoon.  If your climate is damp, a room dehumidifier will also help protect your Tatami. To preserve the life of your mats, remove your shoes before stepping on them.   If you use a futon or mattress on top of your Tatami, air-dry your mats by removing the futon or mattress on a regular basis.  If your bed is situated in a room with high humidity or with limited ventilation, stand the mats up on edge outside on a sunny day for an afternoon if possible.

To freshen and protect your mats, rotate them regularly to avoid wear from highly trafficked areas.  Vacuum your mats at least once a month or more. Use a slightly damp cloth for general cleaning.  Do not use strong detergents or abrasive cleaners as these may damage the surface of the mats.  For stubborn marks, use an equal portion of white vinegar and water using a damp cloth.


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  • We offer FREE Ground Shipping on Tatami Mats within the continental USA. We can ship to Alaska, Hawaii and Canada for an additional cost. We are unable to ship Tatami Mats to other International destinations, however we can ship to your freight forwarder in the USA and you can arrange the final destination delivery with them.
  • Orders for one or two mats normally ship via FedEx Ground. Orders for three or more pieces are normally shipped via freight truck. Please contact us or call 850-215-0019 with any questions about shipping, or for quotes to Alaska, Hawaii or Canada. When emailing for a shipping quote, please provide the mat size, quantity and your city and zip code. We will respond to your inquiry within 24 hours. (Monday-Friday)