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danfloor has unveiled new colours in its award winning Equinox collection. The new shades follow the latest trend colours and provide a natural floor finish for any interior design scheme.

They encompass tonal mushroom shades to the Tones, Stripe and Equinox ranges.
The new carpets are promised to have the same performance characteristics as the rest of the Equinox collection; including an impervious layer and the maedical i-Link anti-microbial coating, making them suitable for many industry sectors.
Desso has launched a new carpet tile collection. Part of the Carpetecture concept, the Materials in Touch collection has been developed to appeal to an architect’s desire to create a sensory experience within interior spaces.
The range is described as highly interactive and playful. It comprises six products in various colourways: Frisk, Tweed, Fields, Ribble, Trace, plus an addition to the Essence Collection. Essence Structure.
Frisk is said to have a rich structure, while the smart use of tonal colours gives a distinct pattern with a calm and elegant appearance on larger surfaces. Tweed with its two-directional pattern creates an all over design with the tactile character of fashion fabrics, defined by the organic pattern of irregular ‘flecks’. Fields’ irregular design is described as ‘touching the senses and adding comfort and materiality to interior spaces, giving an overall impression of hand-woven textiles.
Meanwhile, Ribble is a rich high-low structure carpet tile, which combines matt and shiny yarns and where the variation in thickness makes it directional, but only subtly linear.
Trace has a Compactuft loop pile construction, said to create a clean industrial look. It shows a refined pattern of subtly contrasting stripes against a neutral background.
Finally, the Essence Collection is boosted with the Essence Structure said to offer improved creative options. It has ‘an organic design of rhythmic fading lines in gently contrasting colours’.
Desso’s Cradle to Cradle approach to sustainability incorporates a number of initiatives, including its carpet tile Take-Back programme, separation and purification process, Refinity and carpets containing Econyl yarn made from 100% regenerated nylon, including post-consumer yarn waste from Desso’s Refinity plant.
The Materials in Touch collection is available in various colourways ranging from six to 18, all available with EcoBase backing, either as standard or as an option. EcoBase is designed with disassembly and recycling in mind. The polyolefin based layer of the EcoBase backing is 100% safely recyclable in Desso’s own production process.
Edel Telenzo has unveiled Mayfair, a classic, plain Brussels Bouclé style in 100% 3-ply wool with a pile weight of 1030gm/sq m, made for heavy domestic and heavy contract use. It is fully Scotchgarded, moth proof and guaranteed anti-pill, for use in almost every contract scenario.
Its eight colourways range through the neutral spectrum from the lightest, Alabaster, to the darkest Carbon.
‘The reaction to our new Mayfair quality has been brilliant,’ says Edel Telenzo’s chief executive Phil Hartley. ‘Over time Edel Telenzo has built up an excellent reputation for manufacturing structured loop-pile carpets that perform, are problem free, look great and offer excellent value for money. We believe Mayfair reinforces that reputation with aplomb!’
Forbo says it has made all its UK manufactured Tessera carpet tiles more sustainable after a £1m investment and improvements of the company’s recycling and reuse, and its manufacturing and raw material procurement processes.
Tessera tiles leaving Forbo’s ISO 140001 accredited Lancashire factories now boast at least 50% recycled content by weight and produced using 100% renewable electricity. The ranges also meet the Ska rating scheme criteria for M12, soft floorcoverings. This environmental assessment method, benchmark and standard owned by RICS, has been developed for non-domestic fit-out projects.
Forbo demonstrates its sustainability commitment by Create Space, the new ‘three-in-one’ carpet tile collection which averages over 65% recycled content by weight across the integrated portfolio of semi-plain loop, linear loop and cut and loop pile products.
Up to 100% of the yarn in each individual Create Space carpet tile is Econyl solution dyed polyamide, recycled from post-consumer and post industrial waste streams, including old carpets and discarded fishing nets.

Heckmondwike FB supplied over 1000sq m of Supacord fibre bonded carpet, specified by SBS Architects, in 10 colours to create the vibrant floor design. carpets for the new Chapelford Primary School in Warrington. With over 300 pupils, it replaced former Sycamore Lane Primary School.
Steel grey was used as the base colour throughout the school, while magenta, violet, blue, willow (green), aquamarine, heather, purple amethyst and mulberry were used as accent colours in the corridors and throughout all 14 classrooms.
Peter Marshall, architect at SBS Architects, said: ‘We wanted to create a design which would make it easier for pupils to find their way around the school. We chose Supacord because it comes in the most vibrant array of colours, allowing us to match the carpet with the external walls of the classrooms, which are visible from the playground.’
The acoustic properties of Supacord are intended to help reduce noise levels in the corridors during busy periods and the clear navigational design will help to avoid congestion.
The product is reportedly widely specified for education buildings because of its durability, helping to withstand areas of heavy wear and tear. It is also said to offer anti-slip and antistatic properties.
Being fibre bonded, the carpet will not ravel or fray. This allowed the contractor CMC Flooring to cut it on-site to create the individual flooring designs, reducing the cost of installation.
Supacord has a BRE Global A+ environmental rating for use in schools, offices and retail outlets, helping the premises to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating. Heckmondwike FB offers full technical support, as part of the service. The company is fully certified to ISO 14001.
Invista is to launch a reference book, The World of Antron, to provide inspiration to specifiers and designers by showcasing an array of projects around the world that use Antron carpet fibre.
Neil Maguire, regional marketing manager, Invista, explains; ‘Antron carpet fibre has long been synonymous with performance and durability. Providing those working in the design industry with a source of inspiration for future projects, The World of Antron pays homage to the versatility of Antron carpet fibre and the magnificent locations where it now plays a part.’
To be published as a digital book on Antron websites worldwide, The World of Antron will be regularly updated to ensure designers and specifiers can access images and details of the latest projects.
Fully interactive, the digital book will include links to a report of each project featured. It will also contain in-depth interviews with designers, discussing their view on carpet as a flooring solution in different commercial environments.
Neil Maguire adds: ‘We also plan to create a hardcopy book containing the most stunning installations using Antron carpet fibre.’

Joseph Hamilton Seaton (JHS) recently launched three new carpet tile ranges in a 50x100cm format. The ranges Manuscript, Commodore and Impressions are all produced on a scroll machine with a random format design. The tiles can be laid broadloom, herringbone, brick bond and in other interesting ways. The installation of these larger tiles can reportedly take less time than traditional 50x50cm tiles.
Tisca Tiara describes its Colorvision as a high quality woven carpet, which has been ‘a tried and tested favourite in the European contract market for decades’.
It is available in 33 standard colours, (custom colours on request). The company’s design archive (dBook) offers over 2,000 design ideas, ‘making the creative possibilities endless’.
Colorvision features a clear loop texture, running in the length and width, only seen in a high quality weave carpet with warp and weft. Its visual effect is described as elegant and timeless.
The utilisation of high quality staple fibre nylon reportedly gives the product the look and feel of wool while providing all the advantages of a synthetic product.
The carpet comes in solid colours or in patterns, and can be woven in three surface textures, velvet, loop and cut/loop.
The cut/loop version with its distinct weave construction look offers many design options for integration into the interior decor.
It is reportedly suitable for offices, hotels, restaurants and shops as well as for residential areas. The pile material is a high-quality polyamide stable yarn with a natural look.
Shaw Carpets has introduced two new products. Firstly, Hexagon is described as a natural evolution of form, described as ‘the next logical move for the design of carpet tile’.
Non-linear in composition, it is said to ‘reflect our culture shifting toward more collaborative environments, impacting the way we work, walk, communicate, create and exist within our three dimensional space’.
The second new product is Collide, a 18×36 collection. It is inspired by colliding patterns, splits and fractures in nature, yielding to a ‘visual collision of pattern and colour’.
Taking cues from The Radical persona in Shaw’s 2012 ColorEvolution forecast, the collection is said to exemplify the unexpected beauty that results from materials.
Ultra Floor products were used in the refurbishment of Hampshire’s prestigious Havant academy. Sussex based contractor Vagg Flooring laid new flooring (including carpets) throughout the classrooms and library area after completing subfloor preparation using Ultra Floor Prime IT N polymer emulsion primer, Level IT one single part concrete smoothing compound and Ultra Floor Level IT two, two part latex levelling compound.
Prime IT N, a water based polymer emulsion primer, was used to enhance the adhesion of the leveller to the substrate. It is said to be suitable for use over non-porous substrates such as synthetic screeds, chipboard, steel, damp proof membranes, asphalt and other hard adhesive residue.
It is described as easy to use and safe to apply, with a drying time of around one hour depending on the porosity of the substrate and working conditions.
After priming, Level IT one HDB was applied to cover areas that required a greater depth. The product can reportedly be laid from 3-50mm in one application and is often used to build up depths prior to levelling.
It has a working time of 20-30 minutes and will set within two to three hours. The product is protein and ammonia free, shrinkage compensated and polymer modified.
In this case, it was overlaid with Level IT two for a super level and smooth finish.
Level IT two is applied by trowel to the substrate. This self-levelling latex compound is said to combine excellent flow characteristics with strong adhesion properties.
The product’s formulation is free from ammonia, creating a very low odour material for confined areas such as classrooms.
Furthermore, the product is designed to compensate for shrinkage, is polymer modified and free of protein.
The leveller is designed to receive foot traffic after only 2.5 hours. It reportedly achieves thicknesses of up to 10mm deep and can be used under a DPM.
Coverings installed included 2000sq m of vinyl safety flooring, 3000sq m of carpet tiles, 400sq m of DLW linoleum and 300sq m of Ege bespoke broadloom carpet.
Wilton Carpets Commercial has launched its Flexiweave Design Box, a handy tool to demonstrate its bespoke axminster service to contractors, specifiers and designers.
The one box comprises brochures, colour tufts for each of the three Flexiweave palettes, and four quality samples.
The brochures contain hundreds of designs, while the colour tufts from the Elements, Optimum or Dimensions colour palettes are designed to make it easy to select shades.
The four samples enable customers to feel the texture and durability of each contract quality.
‘The Flexiweave Design Box allows specifiers to see and feel the colours and qualities available, making it easier to decide in time-restricted situations,’ says Suna Jones, marketing manager, Wilton Carpets Commercial.
‘With a 28-day production service, this is ideal for projects that require high quality and bespoke axminster carpet, even when time and budget are limited.’

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