By Annette Callari, Allied ASID; Chair Holder, CMG
Carpet 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”.
Sharing 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.
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.