About the Product
Company: InterfaceFLOR Product Phase: Available Product Type: Carpet tiles Patent Name: Random Installation Carpet Tiles Patent Number: US/2009/7601413 B2 Patent Search: >>
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Product or process
i2™ Modular Carpet is a line of carpet tiles featuring a random, nondirectional pattern and gradations of colors.
These design features allow for individual tile replacement as needed, without worrying about matching patterns or dye lots.
Differences from existing products
When traditional broadloom carpet becomes dirty or damaged, entire rolls of carpet are replaced and carted off to landfills. i2™
carpet tiles can be replaced individually and many of the components can be recycled
by InterfaceFLOR, resulting in significant reductions in wastes and costs.
The intentional color variations eliminate common concerns over dye
lots, meaning that consumers no longer need to purchase large quantities
of "attic stock" in order to ensure matching replacement tiles. The nondirectional pattern also results in installation savings, resulting in only 1.5% average installation waste versus 14% average for broadloom carpet.
The biomimicry story
Designers for InterfaceFLOR were challenged to think about how nature would design flooring, and what they discovered is that nature designs with randomness. From a blanket of fallen leaves to a bed of river stones, no two units are the same shape, size, or color, yet collectively they form a cohesive pattern. Inspired by this organized chaos, the designers created Entropy®
tiles. The huge success of this product led to the creation of the entire i2™ Modular Carpet collection.