A Stroll In The Park with Kane Carpets

By Annette Callari, Allied ASID; Chair Holder, CMG

Kane-OrvietoII_300Carpet styles continue to astound customers with exceptional creativity.  Given the fact that so many other flooring manufacturers (of tile, stone, LVT, wood, etc.) are competing for those same customers, extreme creativity has become a mandate—not an option—for carpet manufacturers.

Consistently responding to that call for creativity is Kane Carpets, headquartered in Calhoun, Georgia.  More than just an interesting fact, Kane has been delivering trend-forward broadloom fashions since 1947!  Six decades of experience have produced quite an amazing portfolio of carpet styles.  I interact with so many high-end floor covering retailers in the course of just one week, that when something truly unique is added to a showroom, I take notice.

First and foremost, I am always drawn to color.  That’s exactly what drew me to the Kane display right away.  Their style “Orvieto II” offers some high-contrast neutrals, but the clincher is a mid-tone purple, dot geometric on a heather-gray background.  Captivating, fun, modern, playful—all of those fit “Orvieto II”.

Kane-Fiesta_300Sharing a similar color line is their style “Fiesta”—(aka:  a party for your floor).  A linear maze design brings modernity and sophistication to any room.  You just have to love the intricacy of the pattern.  This style is a Wilton Weave, made with Eurolon Solution Dyed nylon.  The technical definition for a Wilton carpet reads:
“…A Wilton Carpet is a woven carpet noted for having up to five colors per pattern. Wilton carpets are available in many patterns as well as textures…  These carpets date back to Wilton, England, where they were first made hundreds of years ago.”
Given that definition, you would be correct to assume these patterns are exceptional.

Next to make the spotlight is a style called “Stroll in the Park”.  This one, also a Wilton Weave, is a large-format geometric (circle within a square).  What sets it apart is the combination of a Chenille fiber system along with the Eurolon fiber.  The result is a multi-dimensional pattern.  Striking color choices add to the allure, especially the velvet black which has silvery accent yarns woven into the pattern.
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Several of Kane’s products originate in Europe.  In the case of “Gabbeh”, the European design influences are evident.  Ultra-fine, heatset Eurolon is the building block fiber used to create Gabbeh.  Colors include Harmony, Soothing, Artistic Expression and Province.

All in all, this snapshot summary of some of the recent introductions from Kane is just an entrée into their world of flooring textile designs.  If you are searching for something truly different, it may be right here, within the paragraphs of this blog.  Find out more at kanecarpet.com.

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A Light Touch

By Annette Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

LIGHT-TOUCH-COLORS_300Interior colors are taking a cue from couture cosmetics.  Porcelain and glass tiles, textiles, and carpet palettes in particular, are portraying fresh new hues.  There is a luminescence to these light touch colors that enhances the total effect.

Interior goods have favored matte finishes the last few years.  I don’t even have to tell you why—you already know.  A dangerously volatile economy has had us all on pins and needles, and when Americans are stressed, we surround ourselves with toned doDAL-TILE_300wn, comfort colors in subdued finishes.  Well, if you haven’t heard the term “frugal weary”, then let me be the first to explain.  Everyone is pretty much “over” a recession that refuses to be over.  We are all cutting back, spending less, saving more and steeling ourselves for a continuing rough ride.  With so little control over the forces that keep battering the economy, the one thing we can decide for ourselves is that we are ready for OPTIMISM.

What better way to bring that feeling into our daily lives than by translating it via color?  Take a UPHOLSTERY-IN-PEWTER_300look at the photography included in this blog.  Silver, plum, deep green, steely blue are all emerging with shimmering depth to them.  Everything from upholstery to carpets will take on a soft sheen that exudes a feeling of comfort and indulgence.

Even neutrals are dressed up for home interior use. Copper, platinum, steel, and gold have replaced beiges and browns.  I think that’s great news because you can still have neutrals, but these are grown-up, sophisticated neutrals.  The twist is that these colors all have an inherent, soft glow.  Carpet manufacturers are playing with yarns that reflect light differently.  Tile manufacturers are leading the way with materials that convey luminescence.  Textiles have the most flexibility in creating weaves and dyes that are light reflective.  And this is just the start.  Expect great things, color-wise, to come down the line for appliances (large and small).  This is going to be interesting and maybe a little startling too.

It’s time—time to exert our spirit and resilience.  Let’s have a little fun and surround ourselves with colors that make us feel good.  It’s a great start and we certainly deserve it.