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Balsan haslaunchedthe Infini Design Collection of carpet tiles in the UK and Ireland. This range is said to present a new approach to textile floorcoverings thanks to three structured designs taking their inspiration from the patination techniques used in architecture.

Ombra, Silva and Kilt designs are described as serving to enhance workspace environments and ‘provide a limitless source of emotional inspiration’.

These carpet tiles are made from 100% recycled Econyl Aquafil polyamide yarn derived from recycled fishing nets and fibre from post-industrial waste.

CFS Carpets has unveiled Freestile, a high specification 50x50cm carpet tile made from solution dyed nylon with a multi directional design.

Benefitsaresaidtoincludereduced waste, shorter installation time and a 15 year guarantee. With a commercial colour bank, Freestile is available from all Carpet & Flooring branches throughout the UK.

Chiltern Carpet iles, based in Northampton, recently supplied carpet tiles for the new customer showroom of office interior fit out company, Verve Interiors, also in Northampton.

Chiltern’s director Gerry Cox commented: ‘Verve wanted a carpet flooring finish to enhance the interior style of their new showroom whilst performing under demanding conditions.

‘We recommended our new heavy contract Reserve tile in colour Midnight, because the modern styling and colourway complimented the innovative interior of the showroom – and we knew the nylon construction would look good for a long time.’

D e s s o has unveiled additions to its Essence range, now in 24 colours with new coordinating Stripe and Maze design options.

The refreshed range is designed to provide a cost effective solution to creating contemporary designs.
The new collection combines geometric blocks, linear patterns and matching plain colours, making it suitable for commercial applications such as offices, schools and healthcare environments.

Essence colour line includes shades of grey and anthracite, various blues and a selection of natural brown and beige. Red, orange, purple, yellow and green complete the palette.

Essence Stripe combines two colours in a linear design, while Maze has a geometric design of blocks and squares and can be installed randomly.

Desso also offers the Essence Collection with its SoundMaster backing, designed with an average impact sound reduction value of +10 decibel (dB). Up to 60% improvement in sound absorption is claimed compared to Desso’s standard carpet tiles.

Dyne Carpet Tile states that nothing strengthens the design element of a carpet tile more than black feature areas. Dyne has a pure black loop pile carpet tile and a pure black cut pile tile. Both are made of 100% solution dyed and within an ‘economical cost range’.

These products reportedly highlight borders, separate areas and project unique designs and are stocked in depth as are all Dyne’s ranges.

Forbo Flooring S y s t e m s has added three colourways to its Westbond Natural fusion bonded carpet tile range. Comprising a blend of natural, undyed wool, the collection is designed to demonstrate that superiorsustainableperformance does not have to come at the expense of high-end aesthetics.
Forbo supports the Campaign for Wool, which promotes its use in various applications across

different industries.

Westbond Natura lbacking comprises up to 74% recycled materials. The three new colourways, Wessex, Cotswalds and Galloway, incorporate a tonal ‘flex’ design claimed to offer superior soil hiding capabilities.
Each shade within the 13 colourways derive from a blend of fleeces from seven breeds of UK sheep: Herdwick, Swaledale, Shetland, The Derbyshire Gritstone, The Jacob, The Dales Bred and Cheviot.

Westbond Natural range comes in two weights: 1,200gsm and 2,400gsm. Forbo also offers Westbond Colour collection in 144 dyed shades, as well as a bespoke service for quantities from as little as 1sq m. Finally, Westbond Flex enables colours to be combined to create a ‘fleck’ effect.

longevity, suitable for high footfall areas. Other ranges in the Once Upon a Tile collection include: Scribble, Cellular, Consolidation, Luxury Living and Concrete Mix.

M a p e i supplies Ultrabond Eco-Tack, an adhesive with a non- permanent bond to secure carpet tiles to the subfloor. This is a solvent-free, non-staining, acrylic based tackifier that allows the replacement of carpet tiles when required. It can reportedly be used for securing most types of carpet tiles whilst providing a permanently tacky film when dry.

Ultrabond Eco-Tack can also be applied on all types of subfloors including timber, cementitious and non-porous substrates such as raised metal access panels, says Mapei. The product is EC1 with very low emissions of VOC’s.

Shaw Contract G r o u p has introduced alterNATURE, a new carpet tile and broadloom collection, described as having rich textural variations from the natural world, exaggerated with a synthetic edge.

Earthtone tile reportedly uses dense yarns to create a near solid tip shear with subtle variation across each tile.
Ingrain tile features strips of colour designed to create an unpredictable colour shift from one tile to another.
Entwine tile shows a natural grid created by carved textural weaves, said to resemble organic qualities of branches as they cross.

Natural shades of brown, tan and red in the collection are designed to reflect the prevalent use of natural materials, including dense forest greens and water touched blues and mossy greys and warm whites.
Each alterNATURE pattern is Cradle to Cradle Silver certified, using Shaw’s premium Eco Solution Q fiber with 45% recycled content. All tiles feature EcoWorx backing, claimed to be completely recyclable, PVC-free, and contain 44%recycledcontent.

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