Carpets: flat weaves are on the rise
Part 8: Heimtextil’s novelties
Modular flooring is absolutely on trend. The principle has also been applied to a new carpet module system made from hand-woven sheep’s wool – presented at Heimtextil. Six element sizes and six weave patterns from rep to bouclé in coherent, modern colour worlds from anthracite and olive to pink and strawberry red can be combined at will to form individual carpet landscapes that are attached to each other with Velcro.
The cosiness factor of full pile carpets is out, flat weaves are the new top sellers. Manufactured from the most varied of materials, from polypropylene – thus making them suitable for the balcony or terrace – to jute, cotton and virgin wool, either with woven patterns or, increasingly, printed. The motifs are often laid out geometrically and imitate the relaxed Scandinavian look. Colour are reduced comprising two to a maximum of three shades. At the same time, it is noticeable that there is now a modern-ethno slant that mixes elements from various cultures with extroverted, colourful designs and radiates zest for life and optimism.
The vintage look has established itself on all fronts and almost developed into a genre of its own. The new collections are available in misty shades such as grey, grey-green, pigeon blue and mauve. Viscose and silk additions emphasise individual areas of the design elements with an elegant sheen, making them no longer look flat, but as though they have been positioned in a targeted manner.
Carpets identified by the Good Weave seal signal to buyers that they have been made in accordance with fair social and economic conditions and without the use of child labour. Regular random inspections of the licensees’ premises guarantee that these conditions are upheld. The importers’ licence fees are used to support education and PR work as well as social programmes in India and Nepal.