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About Us
Karndean Designflooring is a global interiors company supplying luxury vinyl flooring to homes and businesses. Inspired by nature we make the functional stylish. We aim to be inspiring, supportive and practical in recognising your needs and helping you to choose your look.
Our Floors
We supply homes and businesses with Designflooring, floors that are stunning to look at yet easy to look after. Each comes with a selection of customisable features so you can create something really special and personal to you. With so many styles, finishes and formats to choose from, everyone can find something to suit their personal style.
Find out more about What is Designflooring, Our Quality and Why Choose Designflooring.
A Global Company
Established 40 years ago in the UK, we now employ over 300 people worldwide. Karndean supplies realistic wood and stone effect flooring via a network of mostly independent retailers in the UK, USA, Australia and a growing number of other countries throughout the world.
Read more about our company or find out about Careers and Jobs available with Karndean.

Karndean: the luxury flooring specialists
In 1973, Karndean started life as a small family business. Now we are one of the world’s most renowned and respected luxury flooring companies. To this day we remain family owned – allowing us to stay true to our roots and utterly focused on our customers.
Karndean has certainly come a very long way, and as we’ve grown we’ve always stuck to our core values. Our passion is for developing imaginative, innovative products – versatile, luxury vinyl flooring with the look of simply beautiful, natural floors.
We’re here to share what we know about flooring. Visit your local flooring specialist for professional advice or to make your final purchase. Take a trip to our state of the art showroom to see the most comprehensive range of Karndean vinyl flooring available. Or call our customer service advisers who will be able to help with your queries – large or small.
An additional benefit when choosing a beautiful Karndean floor is our free Purchase Guarantee. Offering peace of mind, our Purchase Guarantee will protect your investment in the unlikely event of a material manufacturing defect.
What’s more, our Purchase Guarantee is transferable. Should you sell your home the guarantee can be transferred to the buyer – adding a little extra saleable benefit to your home.

A Commitment To Quality

Karndean’s spectacular flooring can enhance any room – from the natural look and feel of the products, through to the added practical benefits.
Wooden effect planks that are quiet underfoot, elegant antique ceramic tiles that never crack and intricate mosaic designs that always feel warm.
Both affordable and versatile, there is a huge spectrum of colours, sizes and patterns to choose from, which will ensure that you will find that unique floor perfect for your home. As the leading specialist in design flooring, you will see that we are as passionate about texture, appearance and quality as the craftsmen that inspired these innovative designs.

Our Partners
Karndean Designflooring is more than just luxury vinyl tiles.
At Karndean Designflooring, we strive to have strong working relationships with not only retailers and contractors but also companies that are part of the wide scope of floor maintenance, to provide you, the consumer, with the best possible service to make the installation of your new Karndean floor the most pleasant and successful it can be.
We are proud to have affiliations with the following companies that we believe can help maintain the overall look and quality of our floors.

Environmentally Responsible Practices
Environmental summary
We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of our activities, preventing pollution and achieving continual improvement in our environmental performance by:

Openly addressing the environmental risks of the work we carry out and identifying and managing the environmental risks associated with our work on an ongoing basis;
Setting and reviewing annual environmental objectives and targets, and monitoring performance;
As a minimum complying with applicable environmental legislation and other requirements relevant to our operations;
Maintaining certification to the ISO14001:2004 management standard and carrying out regular internal and external audits to ensure good performance and identify opportunities for improvement;
Working with our sub-contractors, designers and suppliers to improve their awareness of environmental issues and associated performance;
Reducing the environmental impacts of our premises by adopting reasonable controls for preventing air, ground, water or noise pollution and keeping sites clean and tidy;
Training employees and promoting environmental awareness and commitment.

The Managing Director is responsible to the Group Chief Executive for ensuring compliance with the Company policy and reviewing performance within his operating unit.

October 2013
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Lifecycle Assessment
There is a dramatic difference between types of floor covering available on the market. When choosing flooring products it is important to take in to account the full impact they have on the environment.
Luxury Vinyl Tiles Perform Well

A life cycle assessment (LCA) is a mechanism for evaluating the environmental impact of both products and processes. By understanding the impacts of different parts of a product’s life cycle we can target specific areas to reduce their effect on the environment. You can use LCA to compare products on a like for like basis as a standard set of criteria are used, that include:
Indoor air quality
Human health
Water intake
Ozone pollution
Fossil fuel depletion
Luxury Vinyl Tiles perform relatively well against other forms of floor coverings due to their low impact on the environment.

Commercial Flooring Properties
Flooring Properties summary
High Quality Products

We make sure that our products are manufactured to the highest standards. They are manufactured to ISO9001, the international standard for quality. We also insist that our commercial flooring products are covered by the ISO14001 environmental certification.

Pride in how our products look

We take great pride in how our products look. Making sure that they are as close to the natural material they are replicating. We use a number of manufacturing techniques to do this which include:
High quality print
Random cutting
All this means that we are able to produce a range of commercial flooring products of the highest aesthetic quality. Our Art Select range is the pinnacle of this, resulting in our most realistic and beautiful products.

Durable and Easy to Maintain

Our products are very durable. For commercial flooring installations the guarantee ranges from six to 15 years. This means that you can be confident that the products you specify and install will look great for the duration of their life.

Not only this but keeping the floor clean and making sure it is maintained is very straight-forward. For most commercial use the daily use of our Routine Cleaner, or a suitable pH neutral cleaner will keep the floor in excellent condition. For areas which take more of a punishment, including bars and night clubs, the use of our Basic Stripper is recommended.

Every so often the floor may need to be re-sealed. Unlike timber floors which would need sanding, or sealing natural stone which takes hours to dry, Karndean Designflooring is simple. Clean the floor using Basic Stripper then once dry mop over Refresh Hard Sealer.

Either hand mops or mechanical cleaning apparatus can be used.


Installation should always be done by an experience and professional flooring contractor. Installation is swifter than many other natural materials. It is also more versatile. Due to the fact that the thickness of the products are very similar, between 2 and 3mm, mixing wood and stone is easy. In refurbishment work you can also benefit from not having to complete extensive remedial work on door frames and MEP equipment.

We offer two training courses at our head office in Evesham. If you have never fitted Karndean Designflooring before you can enrol on our basic course, or alternatively if you are have few years experience but want to increase your expertise we run an advanced course.