Woven straw mats used as flooring in traditional and modern Japanese-style homes
In the late 8th century A.D., tatami
mats were used as moveable,
isolated pieces, the size of which dictated social rank. By the 14th century,
floors were entirely covered with tatami
mats. Today, the tatami
is a common unit of measurement when discussing home and apartment floor
space in Japan. One tatami
is equal to about 3 feet by 6 feet.
mats" relates to the craft, Tategu
Japanese home interior fixtures, such as shoji
screens, panels and doors, as well as fusuma sliding doors.