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Carpet tiles are exceptionally flexible in terms of design:

Burmatex has extended its collection through four high performance nylon carpet tile ranges with seven new designs for schemes across offices, education and the public sector.
BREEAM A+ rated balance stripe offers a pinstripe design with a sophisticated palette. This loop pile tile is said to present a classic timeless quality for offices, with a refined, contemporary appearance.
Organically inspired, tandem is described as embracing its gently detailed design, with a textured effect, to flow in both small and large open spaces when laid monolithically and quarter-turn.
up/down introduces two synchronised designs, claimed to revolutionise the classic solid colour for trend-led offices. This range hosts pairs of echoed designs, including vibrant up and muted down tiles performing both singly and together with 24 colours across 12 pairs said to enable simple or dramatic feature schemes.
Revitalised tivoli maintains its predecessor’s established shades while expanding into three co-ordinated designs (plain tivoli, pinstriped tivoli online and contemporary striped tivoli multiline) with a palette of 38 colours, all newly in nylon elevating tivoli to class 33.
CFS Carpets offers an extensive range of carpet tiles in addition to broadloom. It has over 20 different carpet tile ranges designed to provide something for everyone whether it’s a high end specification or value engineered to a budget.
Recently unveiled was a new structured loop pile carpet tile called Concept. With a seven year guarantee, this solution dyed polypropylene tile is said to offer a high performance with excellent qualities and a modern design.
Along with Concept, all carpet tile ranges are stocked by Carpet and Flooring in high volumes giving a 24 hour UK delivery service.
Desso says it is making all its carpet tile products ‘come to life’ with Desso 3D Textures, available on a free online database. These textures are designed to help architects and designers create inspirational visuals based on the company’s latest carpet designs.
The new 3D Textures tool from Desso is designed to improve the efficiency of the design process. It features highly detailed textures of all the company’s products and colours including pre-rendered installation methods, which can be downloaded via the Desso website. This is designed to help architects and designers save time and allow them to achieve stunning results customised to their needs.
The company is also making its full range of products available on the NBS National BIM (Building Information Modelling) Library, the UK’s leading resource for BIM objects.
Working with Desso 3D Textures is reported to be easy and intuitive, allowing architects and designers to introduce photo-realistic flooring designs early in the design process.
To use the online platform, follow these three steps:
1. At the start log-on to
2. Download the textures – it reportedly only takes a few seconds!
3. Import them into the interior design drawing package
Desso ceo, Alexander Collot d’Escury, comments: ‘We strive to inspire interior designers and architects with cutting edge technology and tools.
‘Our latest innovation takes this to the next level and enables them to achieve their architectural vision in a photo realistic way.’
Interface recently worked with the Co-operative to develop a sustainable flooring design for the company’s new headquarters, Angel Square in Manchester city centre.
In line with its ethical approach to business, The Co-op required flooring that would help developers to construct one of the most sustainable buildings in the UK, while creating a contemporary design. Angel Square, planned to house over 3,500 people, has been built as part of the NOMA development and regeneration project, a scheme established to provide sustainable office, retail, residential and leisure space in the heart of Manchester.
Interface was chosen to create the flooring design, which covers over 24,000sq m of office space.
A non-directional method of installation was used for the flooring to support developers in adhering to BREEAM requirements, which include factors such as energy consumption, materials and waste.
The amount of waste was significantly reduced by laying the carpet tiles in a random, rather than linear design.
In terms of colour, neutral shades can help to enhance a feeling of space, so Interface specified tiles from its Concrete Mix range in a straw shade (Cobble Stone) for the main office area. Concrete Mix Broomed tiles were specified for use outside the lift, due to their tufted, structured loop design which makes them more durable. This in turn helps to keep high-traffic areas looking new for longer, further enhancing the building’s sustainability credentials.
Concrete Mix is made with 100% recycled yarn, has recycled content in the backing and carries Interface’s Cool Carpet (carbon neutral service) as standard.
Knit One, Purl One textured loop pile tiles were selected in neutral shades of beige and brown for the boardroom and business lounge, due to their elegant knitted appearance. Comprising pre- and post-consumer recycled materials both in the yarn and backing, these tiles also helped to support the building’s sustainability goals.
Equilibrium tiles were selected in bold shades of orange and blue to highlight key areas of the office and to brighten the space.
Kathryn Mitchell, design manager at The Co-operative, said: ‘Interface spent time demonstrating the durability and cleanability of our selected products through workshops, helping us to feel confident that the choices we’d made.
‘They created a bespoke, contemporary flooring solution in line with the overall building design and the finished result has exceeded our expectations. It has also been a big step towards meeting our sustainability targets.’
Shaw Contract Group says its new View collection is inspired by the positive and negative effects of pattern.
View is described as a broad-reaching collection designed to bring sophistication to any space. Patterns are created by the void of shape, contrast in colour and the use of negative space to define pattern.
View is designed to let you mix dye lots imperceptibly and install tiles randomly.
The collection features three 425.24 g/sq m (15 ounce) tile styles, available in 12 colours. The three styles, Shape, Reverse and Direction, are Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified and feature Shaw’s premium, 100% solution dyed Eco Solution Q fibre and EcoWorx backing.
Shaw Contract Group is the premium commercial brand of one of the world’s largest carpet manufacturers.
It says it defines design not only through aesthetic elements, but also through superior performance, innovation and sustainability.
The result is said to be a long-lasting carpet with vibrant colours, distinctive patterns, and minimal environmental impact.

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