Lauhala matting has been a staple in many tropical environments for centuries because of its versatile characteristics. This natural fibrous material is often used as roofing material, wall and floor coverings, and even bedding mats. Even popular restaurants and resorts have turned to Lauhala matting for decorative purposes to give their commercial businesses a true touch of the islands. The color of each roll ranges from light tan to medium brown making for an ascetically pleasing product that can be used in both indoor and outdoor settings.
Lauhala Matting – An Eco-Friendly Alternative
Lauhala weaving is popular in the Philippines and is usually constructed in a one inch checkered pattern. Sturdy Hala palm leaves are carefully woven together to create an eco-friendly product that’s one hundred percent recyclable and biodegradable. Before the leaves are woven, they’re carefully collected and dried in the sun. The leaves from the Hala plant are twice as strong as other natural fibers such as sisal. Lauhala matting provides beautiful accent and texture to any structure and can even be enhanced with bamboo slats as a trimming. The most popular applications for this eco-friendly matting is on solid surfaces and is often used as wainscoting, tiki bar, ceiling, and table top enhancements.
Another popular name for Lauhala matting is Banig, a sleeping mat that has a soft, flexible texture. Traditional Banig mats can be found in the Philippines and come in a variety of sizes, colors, and designs. Hala leaves are also a renewable resource and abundant in quantity allowing for quick production time. Lauhala weaving is a tradition that has been passed down by many generations and continues to be taught even today. Installation is very simple and can be applied to any solid surface with staples, glue, or nails. If you’re looking to enhance your palapa structure consider using Lauhala matting as underlay to achieve a resort style palapa.
Forever Bamboo has a large selection of tropical matting that can help enhance any commercial or private home setting.