Carpet Trends 2013

by Joy Perez, Designer

Modular carpet, also known as carpet tile, has become very popular in the last few years as it has opened endless possibilities with the way carpet can be pieced together to create a multitude of styles.  This year the carpet manufacturers have once again made great leaps.  In terms of shapes, we see skinnier formats of plank tiles as well as polygonal forms.  While striped and hard linear patterns have become mundane, it is refreshing to welcome a new range of organic, abstract, and textile-inspired patterns (i.e. Herringbone).  Could this be a reaction to the open, clean-lined, and sometimes stark office interior environments that we have grown accustomed to seeing?  Are we craving more dimensionality, layering, or perhaps whimsical element from carpet flooring?

Photos (Left to Right): Shaw Contract, Art Media Collection by Milliken, Mannington Commercial, Off The Wall by Mohawk

Sometimes a simple concept can surprisingly turn into an innovative idea. Take for example, “Deconstructed” carpet by Patcraft.  This carpet exposes the “traditionally hidden” carpet primary backing, which is offered in various bold colored options, and combines it with complementary colored fibers at varying pile heights to add depth and texture.  The result is a radical yet elegant looking carpet we can truly call “one of a kind”.

Deconstructed by Patcraft

And finally, an inspiring story of sustainability and the “Net Effect” carpet collection by Interface.  Interface works with its partner, Aquafil, who has been re-purposing waste nylon from discarded fishing nets, to provide recycled content nylon for the carpet tile.  They created a project called “Net-Works” which provides a source of income for small fishing villages in the Philippines while cleaning their beaches and waters of discarded fishing nets that threaten their livelihood and the off-shore reefs.  The designer for this collection was ultimately captivated by the beauty of the ocean, so he created the Net Effect collection to recreate the motion of ocean water and ocean foam as it rolls onto the shore seen from high up the skies.

Net Effect by Interface

Joy Perez | Designer

About the Author: Joy Perez, Designer for Ware Malcomb, joined our team in 2003.  She is a part of the firm’s Interior Design Studio, involved with projects for our Irvine office.

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