Happy Accident Leads to Creation of Carpet Collection

Tarkett has launched the Woven Fringe Collection. The Woven Fringe Collection is the result of a happy accident. When the team set out to create a refined matte, flatweave surface, they were challenged to eliminate uneven color streaks, and looked for ways to diffuse or mask this undesired visual.

The Woven Fringe Collection is fluorine free and recyclable.
The Woven Fringe Collection is fluorine free and recyclable.

During early production trials, they were pushing the loom wire mechanism to its limits, and caused the wire repositioning to misfire. Though the result was unintended, its visual stopped them in their tracks. The misfiring wires created a line of long, uncut face fiber—or fringe—across the weft. This effect mirrored the fringe selvedge edge that a velvet weaving loom produces on every carpet it weaves—and became a source of inspiration the design team has used as a muse for years.

Though the visual was inspiring, they struggled to reproduce its effect in a predictable, safe way. Finally, after multiple trials, they have honed this technique and discovered a way to safely recreate the fringe effect in a consistent manner—paving the way for Velvet Fringe broadloom. Complementary pattern Velvet Line is a coordinating version to complete the series. Made with solution-dyed yarn to conserve water, the collection is suited for workplace and hospitality environments.

Tarkett believes in placing people in the center of every space. As part of Tarkett North America’s sustainability measures and commitment to people-friendly spaces that perform and inspire, the Woven Fringe Collection is:

  • Fluorine free: using Eco-Ensure (C2C Gold Material Health certified as a stain resistant treatment)
  • Recyclability: recyclable through the ReStart reclamation program
  • Eliminated all X-RED (hazardous) Dyes and Chemicals in yarn dying process and replaced them with more eco-friendly alternatives
  • LEED v4: meets new requirements for indoor air quality credit on low emitting flooring (CRI Green Label Plus) and low TVOCs

More information about products from Tarkett can be found online.

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