Industry Trend We’re Into: Non-Traditional Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles are known for their versatility and ease of installation. Traditional carpet tiles are manufactured in square sizes such as 24” x 24” and 50 cm x 50 cm. However, we’ve been enjoying the innovations of new carpet tiles that have created interesting new shapes: crystals, hexagons and planks. These non-traditional tiles have seen a popularity increase as many of the major manufacturers have debuted these designs as recently as the 2013 NeoCon Showcase.

Plank Tiles

The “plank” design for carpet tiles has been catching on in popularity over the past few years. With several of the major carpet manufacturers producing their designs, there are many options to choose from. One of our favorite products is Interface’s “Walk The Plank” – a 25 cm x 1 m plank tile available in a variety of colors. The striations allow for a beautiful installation in both ashlar and herringbone patterns – and can even be installed along with the company’s standard 50 cm x 50 cm tiles. Mannington Commercial recently debuted their Redefined Collection of plank tiles to great reviews and fanfare at NeoCon. The collection, which features herringbone, tweed and other classic fashion patterns can also be installed in ashlar and herringbone layouts. The tiles, which are 18″ x 36″ are available in classic neutral colorways such as charcoal, cream and chocolate. Bentley Mills also offers their stylishly designed products in 18″ x 36″ planks.

Hexagon Tiles

Another popular debut at NeoCon this year was Shaw Contract’s Hexagon Collection. The collection features four designs with bevel, linear, and solid designs that can be installed together or separately for a range of aesthetics. Because these tiles have six sides, the design impact of the installations are endless.

Crystal Tiles

Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is a premier arena, receiving acclaim for it’s design since opening last year. The custom crystal carpet by Vorwerk was installed throughout the space, including the suites, corridors and VIP areas. With neutral colors and a unique crystal cut pattern, this carpet is one of a kind and something worth noting as a trend for other manufacturers to take note of.