Textiles have been an integral part of human life for thousands of years. From the first skins used as rudimental clothing, the trading of materials along the 5000 mile Silk Road established in 114BC, to the amazing advances made during the Industrial Revolution.
Where weaving methods have changed very little over the centuries the materials used have continued to evolve. We love to source innovative products for our clients and over the past year we have found lots of new textile floorings with wonderful compositions. Here are our top three…
3. Abaca – Also known as Manila Hemp this fibre is extracted from the stalk of a species of banana native to the Philippines. We always thought sisal was the toughest of the plant fibres used for flooring – this graceful alternative is actually three times stronger.
2. Paper – Stain resistant, durable, anti static, but more importantly extremely elegant. Used as fitted carpet or bordered rugs, our extensive collection of paper floorings can bring a Scandinavian style to many interiors.
1. Stainless Steel – Woven alongside cotton and paper our new Tamiferro quality is the perfect blend of a traditional construction and an innovative composition. Available in four colourways (black, brown, copper and steel) with real leather borders to create a rug with unrivalled sophistication.
So, in our opinion, the common link for banana, paper and steel, is that they all make amazing floor coverings! For more photos, as well as lots more unusual flooring materials, do take a look at our pinterest board ‘Carpets made of what?..’