New Flooring Design Options

Thanks to stunning new designs, colors, and textures, carpet is no longer simply a neutral backdrop in interior design, but is now a major player in the design game.

Carpet manufacturers continue to elevate their creativity in carpet color and design, offering homeowners and designers more options than ever. With new textures, patterns and weaves, even neutral carpets can enhance a room’s design, complementing furnishings and fabrics, and lending a special touch to the overall style of a room.

Versatile Berbers, which have been a popular choice for more than a decade, now have more texture and pattern, featuring sculptured effects for visual appeal. Even some basic neutral carpets like tan, beige, and cream have flecks of color which do double duty – adding interest and dimension while helping to mask small spots and spills.

Textured carpets, attractive because of their ability to minimize soil and vacuum marks, have more than practical benefits. New trends in cut and loop yarns feature swirls, bows, pin dots, lattices, and fleurs-de-lis – something for every style. And today, there are carpet choices to fit any color palette as well, and not limited to solids. Both woven and applied patterns come in designs like leaves, trellises, and geometrics, offering a new world of design possibilities.

Responsible Design

In addition to creative new looks in carpeting, bold strides have also been made in manufacturing processes, making products that are more sustainable and reducing the use of natural resources.

Mohawk Flooring, for example, has a program called Greenworks, through which they develop energy-saving initiatives and eco-friendly flooring products. Here are some highlights of Mohawk’s Greenworks program:

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Updated Durability

As an added bonus for carpet buyers, today’s carpets come with greater stain resistance and durability, giving consumers a lot more value for their investment.

Through a partnership with 3M, Mohawk Flooring has engineered Scotchguard Protector Advanced Repel Technology into many of their flooring products, including their hardwood flooring, and all Wear-Dated???, EverStrand???, and PermaStrand??? carpeting.

Shaw Floors features their own patented R2X?? system, a co-application of stain and soil resistance, that also features excellent odor-reducing capability. Unlike other carpet protection applications, Shaw’s R2X?? system still protects even after repeated cleanings.

The Bliss line of carpeting by Beaulieu?? features PermaShield?? advanced stain protection, SilverRelease??, an antimicrobial application which inhibits the growth of odor- and stain-causing bacteria, as well as mold and mildew, and Magic Fresh??, which serves to reduce common odors in the home.

It’s clear that homeowners today have more options than ever when shopping for the ideal carpet, with colors, designs, and features to fit any family’s taste and lifestyle.

Flooring Source, located in Friendswood, Texas, carries the latest in carpet designs and textures, from sophisticated patterns to luxurious solids. With a vast showroom and a skilled design staff, Flooring Source can help you create the look and feel you desire. Visit Flooring Source at