Building on success
- the 2019 winners show that
innovation is thriving!
FLOORING INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS 2019
Congratulations to the 'stars' of the flooring industry in 2019!
CATEGORY 1: CARPETS – NATURAL
Winners: Axminster Carpets, Cormar Carpet Co., Cavalier Carpets, Hugh Mackay Carpets and Louis De Poortere
Aalya by Axminster Carpets ★ Innovation GOLD winner
Aalya is a new concept – a carpet made of a mixture of sheep and alpaca wool. It took two years to develop, due to the challenges of dying these completely different types of wool and this difference in the fibres gives a unique shading effect.
Southwold by the Cormar Carpet Co.
This is the latest wool loop pile carpet made and designed by Cormar using fine quality, 100% New Zealand wool, which offers a clean, bright effect and soft handle.
Architect Twist from Cavalier Carpets
This super-fine, 2-ply twist in seventeen new classic colours is made in Britain using the highest quality New Zealand yarns for pinpoint tuft definition. It uses a whole fleece per square metre.
Quintessential Twist from Hugh Mackay Carpets
A superb 3-ply satin twist carpet has been in development for over a year to ensure the best possible finish and product. Made from quality New Zealand wool in an 80/20 mix, the range is double sheared finish for underfoot comfort .
Splendore de Venezia by Louis De Poortere
This rug collection is inspired by the opulence and splendour of classical Venice. It uses a high-gloss polyester rafia, a flat tape-like continuous yarn, to achieve a unique look, with the weaving process twisting and turning the high gloss silver and gold yarns.
Aalya by Axminster Carpets
Southwold by Cormar
Architect Twist from Cavalier Carpets
Splendore de Venezia by Louis de Poortere
Quintessential Twist from Hugh Mackay
CATEGORY 2: CARPETS – MAN-MADE
Winners: Abingdon Flooring, Alternative Flooring, Balta and Victoria Carpets
Stainfree Twist and Stainfree Ultra from Abingdon Flooring
Already one of the nation’s most-loved carpet ranges, now there's a fourth-generation of the carpet with a newly developed PP yarn in a 1/10th gauge that has a finer quality, with a softer feel that trades nothing in terms of performance.
Zoffany Boutique for Alternative Flooring ★ Innovation GOLD winner
The new Boutique printed carpet is designed in collaboration with famous fabric house Zoffany, so for the first time, inspirational fabric design stories are translated into a different cloth – wall-to-wall carpet.
Wild Luxury by Balta
Wild Luxury is the latest collection of Imprel Opal polyamide carpets from Balta. Three styles echo the varied textures of the wilds. From the shifting sand of endless beaches in Savage Abundance’s 5/64th gauge Saxony pile, to the weathered smooth sandstone of the 1/10th gauge Natural Embrace and the flowing Pampas grass of Bold Indulgence’s 1/8th shaggy berber.
Ultimate Impressions from Victoria Carpets
Using Victoria's slightly softer but resilient EasiCare PP fibre, this is a twist-pile carpet that’s not only family-friendly but indulgent and lasting too. A fine 1/10th gauge two-ply yarn, a sumptuous pile-weight, with Loc-Bac offers even more underfoot comfort and easy fitting.
Wild Luxury by Balta
Zoffany by Alternative Flooring
Impressions by Victoria Carpets
Stainfree Twist from Abingdon
CATEGORY 3: FIBRE DEVELOPMENT
Winners: Beaulieu Fibres, Brockway Carpets, ITC Natural Luxury Flooring and Kersaint Cobb
UltraBond from Beaulieu Fibres International
UltraBond is a bonding staple fibre that eliminates the need for latex or other chemical binders to bind non-wovens. It opens up a new cost-efficient green path to create 100% polypropylene needlepunched fabrics reducing the end-of-life environmental impact.
Lakeland Herdwick from Brockway Carpets ★ Innovation GOLD winner
Lakeland Herdwick is a collection of 100% British wool, 3 ply yarn, 5/32th gauge loop pile carpets which contains a good proportion of Herdwick grown wool in each style. Hard wearing benefits, a firm handle and rustic appearance are the appeal of this exclusive Herdwick content.
Gloss from ITC Natural Luxury Flooring
This is a superlative hand-woven cut pile in a modified 100% engineered polyester, which has the appearance of the highly desirable viscose but without its performance shortcomings – it is easy to clean and maintain. It has a luxury Class 5 rating and a Cfl-S1 fire certification.
Wool Piccolo by Kersaint Cobb
A new heavy domestic carpet made from 80% wool and 20% Yak hair in a boucle design with a selection of 5 colours.
CATEGORY 4: SMOOTHS
Winners: Adore Luxury Flooring, Leoline, Oneflor-Europe and Quick-Step
Majestik by Adore Luxury Flooring
A highly versatile LVT product – it can easily be re-used with its patent-pending, adhesive-infused, fabric backing – and Majestik's self adhesive vinyl planks have no adhesive cost or delay – once the planks have been laid, the area can be used immediately.
Ceramica by Leoline
With super-desirable tile surfaces and raw architectural finishes, each Ceramica design is made authentic with Leoline’s ‘Natural Look & Feel’ surface structure. And also features Superguard PU protection for a surface that’s easy to clean and resists marks and scuffs.
Alter One by Oneflor-Europe ★ Innovation GOLD winner
Alter One is PVC free vinyl tile available in wood and stone affect and has just won the accredited Blue Angel award for low emissions and low pollutant content with no adverse impact on health in the living environment.
Quick-Step Surface & Edge Protect+ By Quick-Step
A new technology that makes hardwood floors easier to clean and maintain to keep their authentic, natural looks for years or even decades – even when they are installed in high-traffic spaces. A major benefit is that the technology makes even stubborn dirt quickly and easily removable with just a damp cloth.
Ceramica from Leoline
Majestik by Adore Flooring
Alter One by Oneflor-Europe
Quick-Step Surface and Edge Protect+
CATEGORY 5: DESIGN - CARPETS & RUGS
Winners: Adam Carpets, Balta Carpets/ITC, Fells Carpets, Ulster Carpets
Panache by Adam Carpets
Made in Kidderminster, the broken design effect allows the multiple complementary hues to blend and become a harmony of colour. It’s a carpet design that can be a subtle backdrop as well as make a statement in six exciting colourways, all of which coordinate with Adam's plain ranges.
Ritzy Infinity Collection by Balta Carpets / ITC
Ritzy is part of the ITC's pioneering concepts in carpet creativity. Through the flexibility of digital print, Ritzy Infinity Collection is in constant motion, following the latest trends and is presented in five themes across 20 designs – Botanicals, Surfaces, Rich Traces, Sundance and Moods.
Artisan Wilton by Fells Carpets ★ Innovation GOLD winner
Artisan Wilton has a modern twist with a traditional feel and a unique colour blend which takes this product into a new realm of exciting floor covering.
terræn by Ulster Carpets
Tapping into the trend for neutral colours, terræn is all about creating pattern with texture. The six designs in this Danish inspired cut and loop collection are a reflection of familiar surfaces found in the environment. The three urban textures explore designs from sources as varied as angled shadows and light from urban architecture and sculpted concrete surfaces while the three more organic designs reflect dappled shade through branches of trees and sprays of grass or slender branches in a gentle breeze.
Panache by Adam Carpets
Ritzy by Balta
Artisan by Fells Carpets
terraen by Ulster Carpets
CATEGORY 6: DESIGN - SMOOTHS
Winners: Distinctive Flooring, Harvey Maria, J2 Flooring and Altro
Tapestry Collection by Distinctive Flooring ★ Innovation GOLD winner
Tapestry is a special edition within the Landscape Collection created to complement the other ranges with 16 individual mosaic tiles offered in an assortment of six colours that can be used to create a truly bespoke design. The 2.5mm planks with a 0.7mm wear layer have bevelled edges and a registered emboss for a natural and authentic looking texture.
Dovetail by Harvey Maria
Dovetail , designed by award-winning textile artist Neisha Crosland, combines a clean, linear motif with a repeating diamond design. Dovetail is offered in five colourways – Flax, Ink Black, Lavastone, Ochre and Oxford Blue to complement a range of interior schemes.
The Natural Timbers Collection by J2 Flooring
This highly authentic LVT floor was a year in development, to ensure it looks and feels like a natural wood floor with the practicality of luxury vinyl. Authentic grain films, exclusive embossing plates as well as a real life registered embossing texture make this product one of the most authentic vinyl flooring products available.
Altro Ensemble is the next generation of luxury vinyl tiles. From colour blocking to geometric patterns, with a range of plank and tile sizes and textures, Altro Ensemble gives design freedom with 57 options to mix and match. The product is 2.6mm thick with a 0.55mm wear layer, 15dB sound reduction qualities and added comfort underfoot, with minimal residual indentation and excellent durability.
Tapestry by Distinctive Flooring
Dovetail by Harvey Maria
Natural Timbers by J2 Flooring
CATEGORY 7: UNDERLAY
Winners: Earthwerks, Luxe Underlay, NMC and Interfloor
DB FIX acoustic underlayment by EarthWerks
DB FIX offers an acoustic floating floor solution for glue down without damage to the subfloor – it is laid loose to the subfloor, with a single sided, self-adhesive surface for the bonding to the LVT and therefore the sub-floor remains residue-free when removed.
Premium Pure Recycled Foam Underlay from Luxe Underlay
A high performance pure foam recycled underlay that has been engineered for performance. Avoiding recycling washing procedures and without bulking the product up with plastic contaminants and fill, Luxe Underlays provide a highly consistent platform for carpets.
Nomafloor Premium 3mm from NMC
This underlay has TwinFoam technology which combines the benefits of light, flexible, stable and tough underlays for optimum sound insulation with the very best load capacity for parquet and laminate floors. The easy cut printed grid feature enables the underlay to be trimmed easily and accurately to size.
Tredaire FR6 by Interfloor ★ Innovation GOLD winner
A new flame retardant underlay, Tredaire FR6, is a hard-wearing, high-density PU underlay for offshore installations where safety is a priority. FR6 is thin and dense and is suitable for use with stretch-fit and double-stick applications methods to ensure a quality finish.
CATEGORY 8: ACCESSORIES
Winners: IOBAC, Lifestyle Floors, Stairrods UK, PRO-TEK
MagTabs by IOBAC
MagTabs are magnetic on one side and self-adhesive on the other to quickly and cleanly fix standard carpet and +4mm vinyl tiles to magnetically receptive floors. These tabs lock tiles tightly together and fix magnetically to the metallic base, creating the next generation in “floating floor” technology.
Palette floor bar collection by Lifestyle Floors
The Palette floor bar collection provides a designer alternative to the traditional gold and silver floor bars, reflecting interior trends where colour is a tool used deliberately and for effect. After a range expansion in early 2019, the bars are now available in 16 colours and are ionised to ensure they are as tough and scratch resistant as the original bars.
Ali Wrap Nosing, Tramline Joiners and Tramline Scotia from Stairrods UK ★ Innovation GOLD winner
A compressive range of Wrap Stair Nosing for LVT and WPC/SPC, flush and overlap; Tramline Joiners for LVT (on sticky underlay), floating LVT and WPC/SPC, for use at doorways; and a Tramline Scotia for LVT (on sticky underlay), floating LVT and WPC/SPC – matching the world's LVT flooring market with minimal SKUs.
WPC stair nosing kit from PRO-TEK
The brand new PRO-TEK WPC stair nosing kit includes a tread and separate riser. The product is cut on-site to fit or encase a staircase, and is glued to the stairs. The designs come in an exact match for floors in the PRO-TEK WPC Excel and Long Plank collections.
CATEGORY 9: INSTALLATION
Winners: F Ball, Spotnails Maestri, Uzin Utz and Interfloor
Stycco Flex from F. Ball and Co. Ltd.
A re-formulated, re-launched version of the market-leading, rapid-curing, flexible tube adhesive, Stycco Flex, has enhanced dimensional stability with excellent plasticiser resistance – enabling 100% compatibility with vertical uPVC accessories, including skirting, cladding, architrave and trims.
ST15/50 Gas Carpet Gripper Nailer by Spotnails Maestri
A new gas concrete carpet gripper nailer which means no need for air hose & compressor and no more waiting for adhesive to set. ST15/50 offers approx 1,100 shots per fuel cell, approx 8,000 shots before recharging the quick-charge battery.
NC 111 BiColor from Uzin Utz UK
The new UZIN NC 111 BiColor is an intelligent smoothing compound which changes colour so flooring contractors can see when to install the floorcovering as the colour changes from green (when wet) to salmon (when dry). NC 111 BiColor was developed in close cooperation with our customers and produces outstanding results.
Decibel from Interfloor ★ Innovation GOLD winner
Decibel is a unique, noise-reducing application suitable for refurbishment and new-build projects. This innovative method involves installing synthetic rubber mats into the sub-floor and is a permanent solution to all the acoustics problems in the building regardless of the chosen flooring materials, now and in the future.
CATEGORY 10: ENVIRONMENTAL
Winners: Associated Weavers, Ball and Young, Ulster Carpets, and F. Ball and Co. Ltd.
SEDNA Eco Regenerated Nylon by Associated Weavers ★ Innovation GOLD winner
New Sedna carpet is a soft, luxurious and durable carpet made with Econyl regenerated nylon – a yarn made from recycled waste material such as old carpets and abandoned fishing nets collected from the bottom of the sea. Sedna thus helps saves thousands of sea creatures from getting stuck in this life-threatening waste.
Ultra Fresh Technology from Ball and Young
Cloud 9 is pioneering a drive towards improved air quality at home and has now been approved for Eurofins Air Quality Accreditation Gold standard for “best-in-class products with low emissions”. Additionally, Ultra Fresh treatment impregnation adds microbiological hygiene control.
Dyehouse and Energy Centre at Ulster Carpets
The new Dyehouse and Energy Centre at Ulster Carpets opened in September 2018 is the first stage in a £40mn capital investment programme. Designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint, the state-of-the-art facility sees traditional dyeing methods replaced with innovative technology.
Eco Pouch from F. Ball and Co. Ltd.
The fully recyclable ‘eco pouch’ has been introduced for Stopgap 400 Repair compound and Stopgap 500 Micro floor finishing compound. The eco pouch requires significantly less plastic to produce than previous packaging and is durable and waterproof. It is lighter and easy to handle, more convenient to use and delivers extended product shelf-life.
CATEGORY 11: MARKETING
Winners: Associated Weavers, Adam Carpets, QA Flooring Solutions and Wools of New Zealand
Invictus Flooring LVT by Associated Weavers
Invictus is the new force in luxury vinyl tile flooring backed by a class-leading campaign to replicate the success of its carpet brands. AW has demonstrated its commitment with a trade launch at specially created showrooms in Halifax to showcase the 84-option collection including several unique designs. Plus a new dedicated sales team and state-of-the-art POS.
Adam Carpets collaboration with Little Greene ★ Innovation GOLD winner
Adam Carpets have collaborated with the Little Greene paint company to create a portfolio of matching carpet palettes and paint finishes that set a new standard for colour coordination – with POS and a published colour guide to enthuse and inspire retailers and consumers to think about interiors in a more comprehensive and connected way.
Luvanto by QA Flooring Solutions
The new Luvanto folder contains no physical pieces, just printed-on real life imagery and textures to match. This is part of a highly coordinated and innovative set of marketing components including the Luvanto App (showcasing its floors in real time), a library of LVT videos, smart new POS and an inspirational brochure.
The Wool Benefits Campaign from Wools of New Zealand
Wools of New Zealand have developed a comprehensive set of wool benefits information tools that are made available to partner companies and retailers – taking a vast series of benefits and making them simple and accessible via three categories: Planet Friendly, Style Friendly and People Friendly.
CATEGORY 12: POINT-OF-SALE
Winners: Abingdon Flooring, Louis de Poortere, SMG and Moduleo
“Shop-in-Shop” Concept by Abingdon Flooring
A new ‘shop-in-shop’ concept delivers a unique shopping experience, providing a complete Abingdon Flooring zone for all sizes of store. It is available in three packages from Bronze through to Gold with retailers free to choose from any ranges available from the StainFree, Love Story and Wilton Royal collections.
Haute Couture Design Box by Louis De Poortere
The Haute Couture Design Box contains a world of woven carpets, tailor-made rugs, standard sized rugs and stair runners with 40 samples selected from 15 designs. Giving an impressive overview of the sheer scale of the collection, the box also holds an inspirational brochure.
Pure from SMG ★ Innovation GOLD winner
Pure is the new own brand initiative from SMG. A coherent collection of unitary and point of sales systems under the distinctive Pure branding. Pure Carpets, Pure Flooring and Pure Underlay are already launched with a view to introducing Pure Curtains, Pure Furniture and Pure Rugs in the future.
'Shop in Shop' Showroom by Moduleo
This in-store showroom concept comprises a display area with seating and an on-screen product catalogue including a touch screen presenting the Moduleo room visualiser to create a unique selling experience within its retailer network.
CATEGORY 13: TECHNOLOGIES
Winners: Computers for Flooring, freetail limited, International Textile Flooring Academy, WoolSafe
The Fitter and Estimators Companion from Computers for Flooring
This app has the fitters/estimators' live diary, from which they can access all information related to the job such as plans, fit sheets, diagrams and any special instructions as well as guiding them to their destination via sat nav. The app allows two-way communication and job completion images, comments and a customer signature to be uploaded to the main Carman application.
Visualmine from freetail ★ Innovation GOLD winner
Inspirational new software and touchscreen technology for retailers where customers can choose and view their perfect flooring from multiple manufactures in their own rooms before they buy. With just a touch of the screen, they can quickly and simply either “upload a photo” of their room or choose from the included selection of template rooms.
International Textile Flooring Academy
The Flooring Academy provides for the study of all aspects of the yarn, carpet and rug manufacturing industries. Including a library of Technical and Marketing papers and reports covering all elements of a diverse industry. It also features a wide range of on-line training courses from leading industry experts.
Carpet Care iFrame from WoolSafe
A one-stop carpet care information hub online which manufacturers and retailers can embed on their website to look like their own advice but maintained and updated by WoolSafe. The iFrame contains advice, videos, a stain removal wizard and links to WoolSafe Approved products and Service Providers and carpet care helplines around the world.
The 'best of the best' Gold winners will be announced
at the Flooring Show, Harrogate, on Sunday, September 15.
The Flooring Innovation Awards looks like turning into the industry's Oscars!...
...as the inaugural awards were announced at The Flooring Show, Harrogate, last year.
With lots of publicity in print and on social media.
The innovation awards are a badge of honour to add to your marketing and presentations.
Check out all the different categories below for different ways to win.
INNOVATION AWARD CATEGORIES AND RULES
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Chairman • SMG
Carpet Recycling UK
Editor-in-Chief, Homes & Gardens
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Interiors Industry Consultant
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