Product watch: Tatami tiles from Granorte

Inspired by ancient Japanese floor mats, Tatami is the 3D cork wall tile from Granorte that brings a unique surface texture…

wall covered in cork tatami inspired tiles from Granorte

Available in Midnight, Natural and Light, Tatami is a three dimensional wall tile made from 90 per cent recycled natural cork. Created by family-owned Portuguese cork innovator Granorte, the wall tile is ideal for creating a cosy and comfortable feeling that has a connection to a Japanese aesthetic, while also being suitable for commercial environments such as hotels and offices.

The cork used for Tatami is sourced from the post-industrial waste of wine stopper production. Originally harvested from the bark of cork trees within protected forests, the material is natural and renewable. Ground up and turned into Tatami tiles, it’s a material with unique properties. Thermally efficient with good acoustics, as well as resilient, cork is an excellent choice for interiors looking towards sustainability as a key criterion.

“Cork is an incredibly versatile natural material with many applications,” explained Paulo Rocha, Granorte. “With Tatami, we’ve created another way to use the material in commercial projects. Its strong Japanese signature is timely and brings restful calm, while cork’s natural appeal adds a timeless look to walls.”

Each Tatami tile is finished with CORKGUARD, Granorte’s water-based finish that adds a protective layer for easy cleaning, and which features Microban to inhibit the growth of bacteria. With no formaldehyde, PVC, softeners or heavy metals, Tatami is GreenGuard GOLD and AgBB certified. It also passes Air Label Score with A+ (very low emissions).

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Main image credit: Granorte