A straw mat is one of the Chinese summer bedding items. It's nice and cool. Zhaoqing is a place famous for its straw mats that are traditional artifacts and practical items of the area.
The production of straw mats in Zhaoqing started way back in the Song Dynasty. The mats are woven with thin and long, smooth, pliable yet strong club grass, which is nicknamed "the material better than the dragon's beard". The straw mats come in a wide range of colors and patterns. Common patterns include butterflies, flowers, birds, interlocked rings, two dragons competing for a pearl, two phoenix flying toward the sun, two hearts as one, and other auspicious patterns. The mats are so exquisite that look exactly like painted screens.
Straw mats of Ningbo are characterized by their fine, pliable yet strong texture, sleekness, softness and easy storage. They enjoy good sales across the country. Flax-woven mats are the best-known type, especially those woven with white flax, which are ranked as medium to high-end products.