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Axminster Carpets Commercial supplied woven carpets for Brockencote Hall Hotel, Worcestershire. A mixture of almost 1000sq m of bespoke, Ready to Weave and stock designs were laid in the hotel’s public areas and west wing bedrooms and corridors. Fitted by AJ Rudd Contractors of Kidderminster, the carpets were specified by Nicholas Hollinshead Interiors in collaboration with The Eden Collection, owner of Brockencote Hall Hotel

The drawing room carpet was inspired by a photograph in the Axminster archive of a rug woven for Highgrove and presented to HRH The Prince of Wales. This original rug was in the refined Adam Style, and elements of this design were incorporated into the carpet for Brockencote Hall Hotel.

Evolving from computer- generated visuals and hand-trials, the final design features delicate grey, neutral, cream and mauve shades that contrast with the light panelled walls and period features of the hotel. Encompassing floral motifs and larger, bolder shapes, the carpet is described as durable enough to withstand heavy footfall.

Nicholas Hollinshead Interiors chose the traditional Ulverston carpet from the Ready to Weave collection for other public areas, including the main corridors and dining room. In a soft beige and lilac-grey colourway, this carpet features a pattern of interlinking diamond shapes, a contrast to the pale walls and purple dining chairs.
In certain areas, the Ready to Weave design is incorporated into a further bespoke pattern with slim floral borders in mauves, greens and yellows. Featuring as a freestanding rug in the reception area, this
bordered pattern is again used to cover the main staircase.

The west wing bedrooms, corridors and staircases were fitted with a bespoke leaf design, using Ready to Weave neutral colours to complement the soft blues, greys and greens of the upholstery and curtain fabrics.
A textured Simply Natural Ribgrass carpet in beige from Axminster’s standard collection was selected for the 80sq m conservatory bar.

Desso hasanewcollectionin its Carpetecture Patterns@Play concept designed in collaboration with the Circle of Architects community. Unveiled on the Circles of Architects Facebook page, the Patterns@Play collection available in the UK comprises seven new patterns, including six carpet tiles and one broadloom.

The three Visions of… designs are a blend of patented technology and design. Visions of Flowers has a floral pattern. An abstract pattern gives Visions of Shards a distinctive look, whereas inspiration for Visions of Lines is from linear elements in monumental architectural design.

Grids is a carpet tile described as using structure to create a rhythmic, dynamic installation, while Dash offers a combination of geometric blocks and lines. Mosaic is inspired from stained glass, translated into a delicate design said to create a three-dimensional look. Wilton Enigma broadloom combines a ‘classically elegant’ Wilton design with a contemporary look.

Sales and marketing director for the UK, David Nicholls, comments:

‘This collection is all about identity. Large spaces are often too anonymous. It is more pleasant to be in an environment which makes a clear statement and makes you feel good.’

Desso started its Circles of Architects sessions in 2007, involving regular meetings with groups of 10 to 20 architects world- wide to obtain feedback on new concepts and ideas.

The Carpetecture concept incorporates elements from modern international architecture to create emotionally expressive carpet designs. As part of this concept, Desso has several collections: Pure lines, Core Structures, Colour Dimensions I & II as well as the new Patterns@Play collection.

Edel Telenzo has introduced a number of contract ranges recently. Gloss is a level loop pile in high quality 1/10th gauge 100% polyamide 6 fibre, with a pile weight of 660gsm, a pile height of 3.7mm and Actionback backing. It has a distinctive lustre in 18 colours. Available in 4m width only, its colour palette encompasses reds, greens, browns and greys (pictured in Amethyst).

Also new in 2012 are Balmoral and Taurus. Balmoral is a cut pile carpet in 1/8th gauge 100% polypropylene with a pile weight of 970gsm, a pile height of 8mm and a heavy duty impervious backing – suitable for heavy contract or heavy domestic use. It comes in nine colourways.

Taurus is a twist pile with a Gelbac backing made from 1/10th gauge 100% polypropylene, with a pile weight of 810gsm and a pile height of 6mm. In 4m width and eight colours, Taurus is described as a classic Edel Telenzo product – good quality but affordable and for heavy contract applications.

Forbo Flooring Systems dubsitsTessera Weave a high-quality carpet tile for commercial, recreational, hospitality and public sector interiors, said to prove that sustainable credentials need not come at the expense of

good design.

The yarn in Tessera Weave is from Aquafil Econyl polyamide – comprising 100% recycled materials taken from both industrial and post- consumer waste streams, including abandoned fishing nets. A loop tile, it comes in 19 tonal colourways for broadloom, tessellated or quarter turn installation.

The design features a linear grain enhanced by contrasting twists of yarn, creating a woven appearance but in a low pile weight. This tactile quality is achieved through modern spinning techniques that twist the yarn multi-directionally, while mixing of tonal highlights to add even greater depth.

The result is a textured finish without the excess pile normally associated with this look, making it suitable for high traffic applications, while fulfilling the company’s commitment to green design principles.

The tiles are made in the UK using ‘green’ electricity from renewable sources. Using the 4 R’s of Reduce, Renewable, Reuse and Recycle as the cornerstone of its approach, Forbo has set out to cut its overall Life Cycle Analysis of 25% by 2015.

David Breen, Forbo Flooring Systems product director comments: ‘We are constantly striving to develop attractive, design-led flooring solutions that also meet our stringent environmental criteria. Advances in manufacturing technology make it possible to produce high-quality floorcoverings that combine form, function and environmental performance in commercially appealing products. Tessera Weave is a perfect example

of this.’

As with all of Forbo’s carpet tiles, Tessera Weave is designed for mix and matching with other tile formats, such as Marmoleum, Flotex and luxury vinyl tiles, as well as other options from across Forbo’s textile collections, to create integrated flooring designs.

Heckmondwike reports that a switch from vinyl flooring to carpet helped reduce costs for a new school in Darlington. Plans to use vinyl for the main entrance area of Hurworth Primary School were dropped when Heckmondwike’s contract carpet was identified as an equally practical, but more cost- effective alternative. The
carpet was specified for the project led by URS, the engineering, construction and technical services company.
‘The original plan was to create custom flooring designs for the reception area and corridors, using vinyl,’ says
Heckmondwike’s John Barraclough. ‘However it was established that our fibre bonded carpets and carpet tiles would offer a more cost- effective option than the vinyl. Their performance has been proven on hundreds of similar education projects.’

A combination of Heckmondwike’s Broadrib carpet and carpet tiles were used, with the three colours, Teal Blue, Lavender and Slate, alternated to create designs which add an extra dimension.

Heckmondwike’s specialist entrance carpet, Dreadnought, was also used to provide a heavier duty floorcovering for the school’s main entrance area. The diagonal, ribbed surface structure can be used to create eye-catching designs.

‘We are proud of our new school and the carpet has made a significant contribution to our surroundings,’ says the school’s business manager, Heather Ferguson.

Ian Stephenson, from flooring contractor All Floors (North East) of Chester-le-Street, adds: ‘We have used Heckmondwike carpets many times before, so we knew they were suitable for this project. We cut the carpets to shape on-site to create the required designs. ‘The carpet’s fibre bonded construction meant we could make cuts without it fraying, and once we had planned the carpet out onto the floor; and it was a straightforward
process.’ With seven new colours, Broadrib carpet has been used extensively in education sector projects. It features a rugged fibre bonded construction with a distinctive wide rib giving a well defined
surface texture.

This British- made, cost competitive carpet reportedly provides anti-static and anti-slip characteristics, excellent acoustic performance and impressive thermal insulation properties.

Invista AntronLegacy polyamide 6.6 carpet fibre was used exclusively in a broadloom carpet installed in the p
restigious Roof Gardens above Kensington High Street.

A total of 285sq m of Anatolia contract carpet from Christy Carpets now adorns the main Clubhouse and its private Moo Room. In a deep grey tone, the carpet contrasts with the design scheme of The Roof Gardens with its metallic shades.

The cut and loop pile carpet features a rippled design with a textured look. It is described as hardwearing, suitable for heavy commercial use and finished with the Duratech anti-soiling treatment to preserve its good looks, including a 10-year wear warranty.

Jo Horne, Christy Carpets, says: ‘The Roof Gardens is a loyal customer of ours who specifies carpets in 100% Invista Antron Legacy fibre due to its exceptional durability. The main Clubhouse area of The Roof Gardens is constantly busy, used for a host of events including weddings, award ceremonies and even as a night club.’

Mapei hasdeveloped Ultrabond Eco 170, a non-staining, synthetic polymer based adhesive in water dispersion for bonding of most types of textile floorcoverings in contract locations.

Ultrabond Eco 170 has low emissions of volatile organic compounds and carries the GEV Emicode EC1 accreditation. Ultrabond Eco 170 is set to light foot traffic after 2-3 hours and can be applied over underfloor heating systems.

Ultrabond Eco 170 is part of the Mapei Ultrabond Eco EC1 range of adhesives for securing all types of floorcoverings in commercial environments.

Mohawk saysitsGO2 carpet tile delivers an on-trend finish for contract installations with big design ambitions but limited budgets.

Featuring two coordinating carpet tile combinations, Mountain Plains and Trail Blazer, GO2 are said to deliver a stylish look. Mountain Plains comprises 12 designs in a heather style, including colours such as forest green, sea blue and sophisticated grey. Trail Blazer tiles with horizontal stripes comes in four complementary colourways, including black and purple, blue and white and grey and black.

Designed to harmonise when paired together, Mountain Plains and Trail Blazer are said to create depth and dimension in the commercial, leisure, hospitality and education sectors.

Also suitable for demarcating areas in larger office environments, GO2 can be used to define breakout and work zones without the need for upright partitions. Howard Lindsay, RVP international sales UK, Ireland and South Africa, says:

‘GO2 carpet tiles offer an upbeat, eye-catching flooring concept that can be used in an array of locations. It offers a design-led look at superb value – brilliant for time-limited and budget-sensitive projects. And it is held in-stock nationwide for speedy delivery.’

These 500mm square loop pile tiles are made from 100% nylon, designed to achieve maximum performance, exceptional colour clarity and superb levels of stain resistance. GO2 is rated suitable for
class 33 heavy contract use.

Shaw describesitsLight Series as ‘living in a state of perpetual motion, capturing vivid wavelengths of colour in varied scale and intensity, while shards of colour and jabs of light are infused throughout the collection’.
It is offered in three designs including Vibrant, Visible, and Absorbed in a variety of scales.

Reesie Duncan, creative director, explains: ‘Shaw Contract Group designers are enlightened by their surroundings, both the ordinary and the extraordinary. In creating Light Series, they were moved by colour

and light.

‘A freeway at night. High-beams photographed in motion. The Aurora Borealis shimmering across a pitch-black sky. Flares of light bouncing off a steely structure. These are the images that inspired this energetic collection that will appeal to both corporate and education markets.’

Light Series has a mix and match pattern, scale and colour across an environment. ‘The colour palette allows for connectivity to branding identity and can add a bold impact to a space,’ adds Reesie Duncan.

The range is also said to deliver an aura of customization. For a 300yd minimum accent colours can be customised. The same minimum permits a change in the 18in by 36in tile size. for additional design flexibility.
When paired with the LokDots low VOC installation system, facilities can install and replace Light Series carpet in occupied spaces without having to disrupt office productivity or classroom environments, says Shaw.
Individual patterns are all Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified, while premium Eco Solution Q fiber with 45% recycled content is used. (This is based on allocated nylon fibre from Shaw’s total nylon fiber production and determined as a percent of total Eco Solution Q output).

All tiles feature EcoWorx backing, designed to be completely recyclable, PVC-free, and contain 44% recycled content.

For further information on any of the products mentioned, contact the suppliers directly. And please remember to tell them that you read about their companies in CFJ:

Axminster 01297 630630
Desso 01235 554848
Edel Telenzo 01422 374417
Forbo 0800 0935 258
Heckmondwike 01924 406161
Invista 0845 450 6434
Mapei 0121 508 6970
Mohawk 01480 479830
Shaw 0207 490 4006

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