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An unapologetically random collection of our thoughts and observations on the wild, exciting and perilous world of carpet tiles

Nothing Square About Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles have established themselves as a logical choice for office refurbishment. They're hard wearing, relatively cheap to buy, and it's easy to replace small areas of damage or wear. But it's generally accepted that this convenience means sacrificing design freedom....  Read more

Carpet Tile Testing

Specifying floor covering for a commercial application requires at least a passing understanding of how it will perform in the workplace.  Unfortunately, markings like "contract quality" or "heavy domestic" are open to interpretation, making it difficult...  Read more

Carpet Tile Usage Symbols

The array of symbols that accompanies most carpet tiles is intended to help the buyer make an informed choice.  It's a well-intentioned aim, but unless they're fully understood they can mislead rather than guide.  Is a tile fire-resistant?  The presence...  Read more

The advantages of using carpet tiles

When it comes to choosing carpeting, the market is resplendent with choice and variety. Carpet tiles have been a very popular choice for a number of years now, but there are still many who are unaware of the advantages of using carpet tiles over other types such as broadloom carpets. 1)...  Read more

Charity begins at home.

When you consider that in general the UK is fighting a struggling economy, take time to consider the many charities that are also fighting to survive. Predominantly being dependant on donations and charitable support, it’s a rough ride for many. Advance is a national charity...  Read more

NICF and Quick-Step join forces

Quick-Step are always looking at ways to improve the professionalism of our industry as well as helping their members achieve the highest possible standards. Their latest move has been to partner with The National Institute of Carpet and FloorLayers (NCIF) to offer all Master Installers...  Read more

India hits US$1bn target

It’s a momentous occasion for the Indian Carpet Export industry as they have successfully achieved the US$ 1 billion carpet export target set for the last financial year. According to the Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) statistics, with a 12 percent rise over 2011-12’s...  Read more

Axminster Saved!

It’s official. Axminster Carpets has been saved from closure by a local consortium. Headed by Josh Dutfield, a former Managing Director of the firm and supported by Stephen Boyd a private investor, Axminster will now trade under the name of Axminster Carpets 2013 Limited and...  Read more

Look for the GoodWeave mark

Many of us don’t really pay a huge amount of attention to where our carpets, tiles or rugs come from. We look at how pretty they are and whether they’ll fit with our décor. There is though a major concern in the handmade rug industry that child labour is being heavily...  Read more

Light at the end of the tunnel for Axminster

Regular readers of our blog will have been watching the events at Axminster unfold with devastating effects. Already there have been job losses and as the company formally entered administration, rumours circulated that this could be the end of the once revered company. As suitors...  Read more


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