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A tatami is a type of mat used as a flooring material in traditional Japanese-style rooms. Traditionally made using rice straw to form the core, the cores of contemporary tatami are sometimes composed of compressed wood chip boards or polystyrene foam. With a covering of woven soft rush (ilgusa) straw, tatami mats are made in standard sizes, with the length exactly twice the width, and an aspect ratio of 2:1. Usually, on the long sides, they have edging (heri) of brocade or plain cloth, although some tatami have no edging.
In Japan, in recent years, wooden floors have overtaken tatami matting as the most popular floor surface in modern homes, with tatami generally confined in one or two `Japanese style` rooms. Yet many Japanese have a strong emotional attachment to the concept of spending time on the floor, but the natural matting is not always resistant to mold and mites. Therefore these tatami mats are made of polypropylene and calcium carbonate, which are hygienic, easy to clean and have the same appeal.
Migusa Zen tatami floor mats provide a modern alternative, combining the warmth and feel of traditional tatami matting with the convenience of a wooden floor. A two coloured woven mat made of vinyl, Migusa Zen is available in various colours with a colour changing effect.