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Carpets continue to be extensively used in certain contract locations:

Adam Carpets worked with contractor, Hearnshaws of Walsall, to carpet Bloxwich Golf Club with a bespoke designed carpet. The wool carpet was manufactured using Adam Carpets overtuft method.
The method involves the plain ground being made first, followed by a second process of the design applied by the needles punching through the back and then sheared off.
The result is an 80/20 2-ply carpet said to look, feel and perform like a woven carpet. This golf club carpet was also designed to allow side by side matching, which can be an issue with tufted carpet.
Adam Carpets specialises in manufacturing this type of carpet which can go into the heaviest wear areas. The company also offers a fully bespoke graphics package.
All carpets are designed by the in-house design team at Adam and manufactured in Kidderminster, and all colours are dyed on site.
Burmatex achieved further design recognition through an exceptional contract installation at Microsoft Sweden, which was awarded the country’s Best Looking Office 2013.
The project features nearly 4,500sq m of burmatex BREEAM A and A+ rated heavy contract carpet tiles.
Microsoft’s innovative layout optimises the expansive office space, exchanging personal desks for open work areas.
Three neutral shades of the burmatex structure bonded range, lateral, were chosen along with five vibrant colours. One highlight tone was then integrated into each defined space throughout the offices, in a shifting block design.
With the three neutral shades as a backdrop, the feature shades of lateral work with different finishes and furnishings across the office areas, creating a complete design scheme.
Bold variations in colour throughout the project emphasise the available space and enhance the office environment. www.burmatex
Desso supplied its AirMaster carpets in an anthracite grey with vibrant purple lines for the main reception and office areas of the new Asthma UK headquarters in London.
The charity wanted a space that reflected its corporate identity and offered an inspirational environment for its 85 employees. Asthma UK was already working with Desso to raise essential funds.
Desso has conducted independent clinical trials which show that its AirMaster retains and captures dust and is eight times more effective than hard flooring and four times more effective than standard carpets.
Desso and Asthma UK are also working to highlight that fine dust can be a trigger for some people with asthma and to help raise awareness of the link between indoor air quality (IAQ) and the condition.
IAQ is closely linked with respiratory conditions such as asthma, which affects 5.4m people in the UK (one in 11 adults).
Laura Shand, corporate partnerships officer at Asthma UK comments, ‘We’re delighted with our new office carpets; they look very smart and we are proud to be working in partnership with Desso to tackle the problem of fine dust, which is one of the most common asthma triggers, and affects 90% of people with asthma.
The partnership is part of Desso’s wider Great Indoors campaign to raise awareness of healthy indoor environments as people spend on average 90% of their time indoors.
Forbo Tessera Contour is described as a practical new carpet tile collection in a range of 10 muted colourways inspired by both urban and natural environments.
Responding to market demand for an evolution of the popular linear effect.
Contour’s controlled geometric background draws on the repeated shapes found in architecture and urban settings, tempered by a sensitively striated cut pile overlay reflecting the diverse human and natural elements found within the modern landscape, says Forbo.
Moving away from strong colour palettes, Contour features a tonal progression of diffused muted shades ranging from very dark to very pale, the latter achieving high Light Reflectance Values.
Practical and adaptable for zoning, Contour complements Forbo’s luxury Westbond fusion bonded carpet tiles, and Allura Flex luxury vinyl tiles, which offer a quality, dimensionally stable, loose lay floorcovering for areas requiring a resilient flooring.
New Contour contains over 50% recycled content by weight.
The installation and production waste can be recycled back into Tessera tiles through Forbo’s Back to the Floor scheme, closing the loop. Installation waste can also be minimised to just 2% if Contour is installed non-directionally.
Heckmondwike FB Supacord carpet and tiles were specified for the classrooms, nursery, corridors and stairs at Dixons Music Primary School in Bradford.
Fresco Group of Leeds, a member of the CFA, installed the carpet, which was specified by Bradford City Council.
The carpet boasts an inspirational design, featuring a band of different colours including red, yellow, orange, willow, purple, blue, green, azure, aquamarine, anthracite.
Linking to the musical ethos of the school, this design represents the colours of a graphic equalizer!
Each of the corridors leading to the classrooms feature this design and each classroom to the left and right of the corridor continues with that colour band.
The design is repeated on both the ground and first floor levels, with Supacord in charcoal providing a neutral contrast in other areas of the school. Supacord in red is also used on the staircase leading from the coloured corridor to add impact.
Additionally, Diamond entrance area from Heckmondwike FB was installed in the school’s entrance in Charcoal, to provide added protection for the rest of the carpet from shoeborne dirt, grit and moisture.
Dixons Music Primary, the first specialist music primary school in the country, opened in September 2012, offering primary school teaching to 420 pupils.
The school, run by Dixons Multi Academy Trust, believes that children who have a firm grounding in music at a young age will accelerate in other subjects such as reading, writing and maths as well as developing confidence and social skills.
Michelle Long headteacher of Dixons Music Primary, said: ‘The carpet was chosen, as a contrast to the clean finish of the walls and brings life and colour into the building.’
Available in 42 colours, Supacord has a BRE Global A+ environmental rating for use in school buildings, offices and retail outlets, after being assessed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE).
Milliken says its Formwork and Juxtapose collections have brilliant new colours, balanced with a palette of neutrals, which broaden and reinvigorate the established range.
Now with 36 colours, Formwork and Juxtapose feature an extended palette including high impact bright colours, such as an intense apple green (Apple), a sunshine yellow (Doric), rich cranberry red (Scarlet), deep blackcurrant purple (Eaves) and cool sky blue (Azul).
These hues are balanced with an extensive palette of neutrals including several bold grey blacks and deep brown black options as well as a range of cool and warm greys and beiges.
The collection is available in two constructions (Formwork is a dense high performance loop pile and Juxtapose is a plusher, more textural loop pile).
The products are said to combine understatement and timeless simplicity with texture and a sophisticated palette.
Introduced in 2010, the two collections can be used as full-field solids or as plain coordinates to one of Milliken’s pattern collections. They can also be used to define circulation areas or specific work zones or can act as a transition between different patterns.
Formwork and Juxtapose are now presented in their own architects’ folders, showcasing the colours available and offering an easy to use specification tool.
Shaw Contract Group has introduced the second instalment of its View Collection, Point of View: Design is Perception. The collection features organic texture and energetic colour which forms a bright outlook.
These new carpet tiles are described as versatile in colour, pattern and texture to complete the look of an entire corporate office space. This cradle-to-cradle collection features three new styles, designed to give the flexibility and freedom to do as you please.
Scape is a medium scale linear pattern with geometric fading elements; Realm is a non-directional, medium scale hatch pattern with fading elements; and Field is a textured product with subtle movement.
Shaw Contract Group, a division of Shaw Industries, says it defines design by not only great appearance, but also performance and sustainability.
The result is described as a long-lasting carpet with vibrant colours, distinctive patterns, and minimal environmental impact, combining the expertise of the world’s largest carpet manufacturer with the financial stability of being a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary.
Wilton Carpets Commercial works with interior designers and clients to realise their designs. A recent Wilton installation at Richmond Hill Hotel features a classical acanthus scroll damask given a fresh design treatment.
To create the contemporary feel, simple plain areas of on-trend platinum and silver tones are interspersed with zingy sulphur to complement the fabrics used in the interior. The classical elements were combined with textural and almost geological structures to give the impression of a multi-layered design.
Wilton’s carpet at Abbey House Hotel in Cumbria draws inspiration from celebrated British architect, Edward Lutyens. Seven bespoke Axminster designs were chosen for the public areas, restaurant, bar, corridors and function rooms, while tufted carpets were laid in the bedrooms.
A contemporary plaid design flows through public spaces, with fresh elements and additional colours creating individuality in different areas, from organic scrolls to the large scale overlaid lace-like effect in the Grand Hall.
Inspired by the hotel’s manicured gardens, the corridors are resplendent in a plum and aubergine scroll leaf design; while the reception, bars and lounge have a muted take on geometric patterning. In the main bar inspiration is from the original tiles with a damask overlay softening the look.

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