Contract carpets: colour and design trends


Researching new carpet designs I have found that while linears remain strong, a new trend for patterns is emerging. Natural and neutral colours are still core, but manufacturers are also branching out into bolder, more daring colourways.

The popular linear trend prevails with these continuing to be strongly specified for contract and in particular, corporate interiors.

Designs such as Christy Carpets’ Spice Route, installed at this training centre in Oxford, remain in demand.

New linear designs are still being released, with Forbo’s tactile Arran range, part of the Tessera collection. It takes the linear concept in a new direction with its heavyweight, multi-height loop pile. Unashamedly irregular peaks and furrows give it a natural, almost ‘artisan’ appearance.

Milliken’s new Southern Analog modular carpet tiles (below) are another indication that linear is moving towards new concepts. Two designs are incorporated: the variegated linear elements of Panoramic that create a feeling of rhythm and progression, along with the mirage-like structure of Viewfinder, that creates effects such as sun flares and ripples on still water.

Product designers are looking to the next trend and more organic, patterned styles are also coming in. Vanessa Brady, President of the SBID, said recently in advance of the Surface Design show: “Colour is back, it should be muted so as to last the test of time, it should be toned down, to fit the sweeping change in society’s outlook – less ‘show’ more subtlety.”

Forbo has launched Circulate carpet tiles, which are presented as a fresh approach to random lay batchless carpet tiles. Its random geometric pattern is formed by bold blocks of tonal colour intersected by rings that form unpredictable connections.

Christy’s Contour carpet has a patterned, more organic design and is available in 36 natural colours including greens, browns and golds.

And the company’s new Rococco design also features an understated pallette and a pattern inspired by nature.

The move towards patterns is also reflected in the layering of Milliken’s new Admit One and Stage Door designs, both of which have been added to the OMNI modular tufted product range.

The three-dimensional shadows of Milliken’s new Obscura design also captures the layered, textural pattern that is predicted to be a hot trend for 2012. It is part of the Consequence collection of luxury textured loop pile carpet tiles.

Perhaps as a reaction to the simple neutral tones, and natural patterns, I have also noticed some moves towards less unobtrusive, more colourful and playful designs.

Vorwerk’s Art Collection features carpets designed by famous artists and architects, such as the design by David Hockney below.

And finally… this collection of carpets from Las Vegas, found via the Core77 design blog takes patterns and colours to the extreme- designed to keep your eyes off the floor? Ouch!


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One Response to “Contract carpets: colour and design trends”

  1. Shawn McConnell Says:

    it’s funny how often carpets go un-noticed unless they are pointed out to you. I like the consequence one the best

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