New technologies in contract carpet
not only make way for products that are more sustainable,
comfortable, and maintainable, but allow for more sophisticated
patterns and color palettes. Specifiers can also easily visualize
the end result through an array of user-friendly carpet design
images to view them larger.
Urbanscape (above) was inspired by aerial shots
of traffic. Geological formations such as glaciers
and lakes influenced Riverbed (right). Both patterns
are available in three scales.
New carpet collaboration
influenced by man-made and natural formations
Milliken Carpet and SOM Collaborative have launched
Way, a 36'' modular carpet collection with 3D designs
that depart from traditional inspirations such as art
and fashion toward man-made structures and geological
The collection utilized Millitron, a new high-definition
printing technology from Milliken that allowed SOM and
Milliken designers to create fine gradations of color
and layers of visual texture that simulate dimension.
Milliken also reformulated colors to achieve palettes
in six high-contrast color families, including blue-blacks,
browns, greens, silver-blues, reds, and charcoals.
The three design families in the line include Riverbed,
which captures the illusion of light on water; Urbanscape,
influenced by cityscapes and aerial shots of highways
and traffic; and Forcefield, inspired by images of bridges,
airports, and city blocks. Each design family includes
three patterns that increase in complexity and scale.
Using Pattern Builder software, developed by the collaborative,
users can click and drag modular designs onto a grid
and rotate them in any direction to compose their own
According to Milliken, Way is 100 percent sustainable
and can be renewed through the firms Earth Square
process or recycled by other means. Milliken Carpet,
LaGrange, Ga. www.millikencarpet.com
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Coordinating tile and carpet
Crossville has designed its new Color Blox porcelain
stone tile collection to coordinate with Bentley Prince
Streets broadloom and carpet tile products. The
smooth, unpolished surface of Color Blox is softened
by shade variations from tile to tile, which imparts
a handcrafted look while making it easier to match the
tile with other finishes and furnishings. The collection
features a palette of 20 hues.
This collaboration will allow specifiers to easily
create unique tile installations of multiple sizes and
colors, or accent a basically solid tile floor with
blocks of colorthen tie it all together with a
coordinating Bentley Prince Street carpet or carpet
tile in a neighboring area, says Jim Dougherty,
V.P. of marketing and business development for Crossville.
The two companies marketing initiatives will
include advertising and online marketing campaigns to
inspire specifiers to coordinate their products in commercial
and residential projects. Crossville, Crossville, Tenn.
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Comprehensive backings binder
As an aide to specifiers, The Mohawk Group has
created the Architects Folder devoted to carpet backings,
with cut samples and definitions of each. The 11 systems
in the folder include UltraSet Modular Systems, the
companys first hard-back modular tile system.
A thermo-stable structured backing of several composite
materials, UltraSet is now being incorporated into all
Mohawk Commercial and Bigelow Commercial carpet tiles.
Another new addition is BioCel, a polyurethane backing
that not only increases the carpets life, but
also combines renewable and recycled resources. The
technology teams Celceram, a highly refined mineral
endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency, with
BioBalance, a rapidly renewable resource from soybean
oil. The backing systems utilizing this technology contain
an average of 50 to 55 percent postindustrial content,
7 to 15 percent consumer content, and 7 to 10 percent
renewable resource. The Mohawk Group, Kennesaw, Ga.
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