If there’s one flooring segment that continues to captivate each year, it’s the carpet sector. While trends and demands for carpeting continue to fluctuate, the one thing that remains constant is the fact that nothing beats the luxury and comfort of a good quality carpet underfoot.

With the technological advancements in the industry, carpet is often selected for very high profile areas. Manufacturers have streamlined their approach to producing customised and bespoke options that are not only softer than ever before, but are also bolder in looks. Sculptured effects and unique variations are now possible in everything from height to pile cuts, making carpeting a sought-after item in many modern installations. Being easier to customise has given designers and clients free reign to create unique, one-of-a-kind focal points that can truly resonate with a client’s brand.

The latest trends in the industry
Many carpeting ranges on display at European exhibitions and design trade fairs continue to showcase carpet tile planks in larger formats, which enable designers to create stunning floorplans. With modular carpeting becoming increasingly popular, more designers are looking for planks and tiles that allow them to create stimulating and lively environments with zigzag motives or herringbone designs.

There is also a strong focus on sustainability and natural-looking carpet designs, with carpets in subdued sand and stone hues being very popular. On the other end of the spectrum, carpets in vibrant colours and sophisticated patterns are also drawing a lot of attention.

In trend look and feel mimicked by carpets today:

Terrazzo carpets
Terrazzo is a huge trend this year. This type of flooring is made by combining either concrete or epoxy with marble chips and many leading carpet manufacturers have replicated the beautiful effect with the added benefit of being soft underfoot. Terrazzo is a designer’s dream because everything from geometric patterns and bold graphics to brand logos can be custom designed to transform an interior space, corridor or entryway.

Pairing pastels with soft wood and metal finishings
Cool metal tones and soft wood can change the way that pale pastels complement an interior design, especially with a carpet. Whether you wish to achieve a futuristic look or a warmer ambience, mixing and matching pieces of art with different pastel palettes can do the trick.

Carpeting that mimics traditional wooden parquet
Traditional wooden parquet is one of the latest flooring trends. Not only are some manufacturers creating carpets that can mimic this effect perfectly, they are also offering luxurious, thick and piled carpets in brown and beige tones to complement these ranges.

Recycling and sustainability
Advanced recycling technologies mean that huge amounts of plastic and old textures, such as the plastic used in fishing nets and other types of nylon, can be incorporated in carpet designs. A major plus point in green design.

Carpets and health
Always worth a mention is the old wives’ tale that allergy and asthma sufferers should avoid carpets, but the opposite is true. Research has shown that carpet actually improves indoor air quality because it acts as a trap, keeping dust and allergens out of the air. Particles, dust and pet dander that fall to the carpet tend to stay trapped until removed via extraction or vacuuming. Carpet also has one of the lowest volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions of common flooring choices and can significantly reduce noise.

Where to install carpeting in modern offices
•    Boardrooms
•    Meeting areas
•    Pause areas
•    Open plan offices
•    Foyers
•    Workshop areas (any area where comfort is a priority)

In the South African flooring industry, we are privileged to have the best of the best when it comes to skills, knowledge, experience and the technical know-how involving carpet design, manufacturing and installation. Whether you’re looking for samples, ideas or a customised solution for a highly complex project specification, designers have leading carpentry solutions at their fingertips.

Specialised tip: With modular carpeting becoming increasingly popular, more designers are looking for planks and tiles that allow them to create stimulating and lively environments with zigzag motives or herringbone designs.

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to www.domotex.de and www.forbo.com for the information contained in this article.