Designers Christophe Spurling and Louisa D'Arcy have a passion
for Japanese style and design. Tatamiroom.co.uk
is a part of Perfect-Edge. Tatami rooms are traditional Japanese rooms
used as bedrooms or "Washitsu”
Tatami are special flooring mats made from woven rice straw.
The pictures on this site show rooms designed and fitted by Perfect-Edge.
The rooms contain bespoke furniture, which centres around the main Tatami
Tatami have 1,300-year history. The original idea was to keep the damp
out from the stone floor. Tatami means, "folded and piled" The
mats are made from woven rice straw and covered in woven rushes standard
mats are 45mm thick though 55mm mats are considered a greater luxury.
Traditionally they are 180cm x 90cm (though other sizes are now available)
since the mats are twice as long as they are wide they are easily arranged
on the floor. In homes the mats should not be arranged so as 3 or 4 corners
meet. An inauspicious layout is said to bring bad fortune. A common way
to house the mats is to encase them in a wooden border.
It is customary to remove your shoes and wear slippers when you enter
a Japanese house. However Tatami are considered so sacred that you must
not walk on them with shoes or slippers.
Tatami rooms are used as bedrooms and tea rooms, tea ceremony being an
important part of Japanese culture.
When used as a bedroom, futon mattresses are lain directly on top of the
Tatami. These are generally stored during the daytime and the room is
given over to waking life. However western beds can also be incorporated
into a tatami room. When the room is used as tea room the furniture often
consists of low tables with cushions or little chairs to sit on.
As far as price goes Tatami work out at about the same price as a good