Tatami mat types and materials
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First, we will briefly explain the types of tatami mats and materials.
Tatami mat type
There are two types of tatami mats, "edged tatami(縁付き畳)" and "edgeless tatami(縁なし畳)". The edged tatami mat has a fabric called a tatami edge that reinforces the corner of the tatami mat, and it is an old-fashioned rectangular tatami mat. There were times when the tatami edge represented identity, etc. depending on the pattern and color, but now you can freely choose. There are also various patterns, so it is also one of the pleasures to be able to choose your favorite tatami edge and make an original Japanese-style room. A rimless tatami mat is a tatami mat with no rim, and generally refers to a square of half-tatami size. It is often called Ryukyu tatami in the generic name of tatami without edge. It is characterized by laying it so that the orientation of the eyes alternates and becomes a market pattern.
Tatami mat material
There are three main types of tatami materials, namely grass, paper, and resin. Grass is the most mainstream material, it has a humidification effect and air purification effect, and it is also said to be a natural air purifier. The first characteristic is the smell, and it is expected to have a relaxing effect such as forest bathing, improved sleep efficiency and concentration. Washi and resin are highly functional materials that reproduce the texture and texture of clover, and have characteristics such as resistance to mites and mold, resistance to fading, and resistance to water and dirt.
What is Ryukyu tatami in the first place?
Now, let's get to the point, what is Ryukyu tatami in the first place? Don't you think some of them will come? Originally, Ryukyu tatami refers to tatami mats using Okinawan grass called "Shichitoui". Compared to ordinary ai grass, nanashima ai is sturdy, so there is no need to reinforce the corners, and no tatami edges are used. However, Nanajima Ai is of high scarce value and is rarely produced, so it is called Ryukyu tatami in general regardless of materials such as washi paper and resin.
Benefits of Ryukyu Tatami
Stylish and modern impression
When I hear Ryukyu tatami, the first thing that comes to mind is fashion! That means, right? Ryukyu tatami has no edge, so it gives a simple and stylish impression. In addition, Japanese paper often used in Ryukyu tatami is rich in color variations, so it is recommended for those who want a modern Japanese atmosphere and want a different room.
Match the western style living room
It also matches the Western style living room, and it is one of the advantages that it fits any interior. Especially in the case of condominiums, LDK is the main design, and the Japanese-style room has a lot of layout next to the living room. Ryukyu tatami mats with a modern atmosphere are more harmonious and very familiar to the space than ordinary Japanese-style tatami mats.
Since there is no edge, if you place it so that the orientation of the tatami eyes alternates, it will look like a beautiful Ichimatsu pattern. Since there is no visual limitation due to the tatami edge, it means that the space seems to have a spatial extension and the space feels wide.
Disadvantages of Ryukyu Tatami
The biggest disadvantage of Ryukyu tatami is the price. Ryukyu tatami mats are half tatami size, so they are cheaper than ordinary one-tatami size tatami mats. You might think, but Ryukyu tatami is actually more expensive. One of the reasons is that it is more difficult than making a normal tatami mat, and it takes a lot of work. In addition, if it is a normal size tatami mat, it is 6 sheets in 6 tatami mats, but if it is a half-tatami size tatami mat, 12 sheets will be required. This means that the price will be twice as high as usual.
Easier to wear than edged tatami mats
Originally, Ryukyu tatami used durable grass, so it was unnecessary to use tatami edges, but many of the things currently said to be Ryukyu tatami use common grass and washi paper, and it can be said that it is easy to wear out if there is no edge to reinforce the corner.
Troublesome to clean
Did you know that tatami should be cleaned according to your eyes? However, in the case of Ryukyu tatami mats, when the eyes of the tatami mats try to vacuum along the eyes, they may feel very troublesome because they have to change their orientation many times.
When you use it in a large room, it makes a messy impression
Ryukyu tatami has a stylish laying style that directs the Ichimatsu pattern, but if it is a large room, it seems to be a noisy impression on the contrary. You may want to use it as an accent for a space of about 4.5 tatami mats adjacent to the living room.
Can't change the tatami?!
Ryukyu tatami with no edges is basically unable to turn over or change the surface. Edged tatami can also be used by turning over the peeled Goza, but Ryukyu tatami can not be reused because it is made by forcibly bending Goza. Regarding surface replacement, there are places that can and can not be done by the tatami mat shop, but it is common for the tatami mats without edges to be newly made.
Recommended for 4.5 tatami mat space!
How was it above? Benefits of Ryukyu Tatami
- Stylish and modern Japanese-style room
- Harmonize with the Western style living room without discomfort
- The room feels spacious
What are the cons?
- High Costs
- Difficult to vacuum
- If the number of posts is large, it will make a noisy impression
- Basically, you can't change it.
That is to say. Ryukyu tatami mats cost more than ordinary edged tatami mats, both initial cost and maintenance cost, but I want to make a stylish Japanese-style room even if it costs money! It is a recommendation for those who say. However, be aware that a room that is too spacious may have a slightly bustling impression. Isn't it perfect for a 4.5 tatami mat space adjacent to the living room?