Friday, January 31, 2014

Carpet Tiles yield Smiles for Miles


“1 tile, 2 tiles, 3 tiles, 4... Spin them to change the design on your floor,” reads the slogan for an unusual collection of carpet tiles. It begs the very simple question... “What?”

As simple as the question, so is the concept behind this innovative flooring. Let’s start with a brief history, then move to the innovation: Carpet tiles have been around for a very long time. We see them in airports, retail stores, offices, and even in the home sometimes. The residential sector for carpet tiles has seen a large boom over the past decade thanks to the progress made by a company called FLOR. As for the commercial carpet sector, we find companies like Milliken, Mohawk, Shaw, and other major manufacturers that have been producing and distributing large-format (1 square meter) carpet tiles globally for a longer period of time.

Many of these carpet tiles require glue or other form of adhesive to keep the tiles stationary on the floor. This method is not only time-consuming and messy, but is not an environmentally friendly approach. Alternatively, Stay-Tac, a proprietary carpet tile assembly method by Joy Carpets, is a green approach that requires no glue or special equipment. Each carpet tile is manufactured with a tacky coating that keeps the tiles in place on the floor, preventing them from sliding around. This feature is key for heavy traffic areas where some tiles are walked on more frequently than others, allowing tiles to be swapped to accommodate a more uniform wear... like rotating tires on your car during a tune-up.

This is where a small design company called Binvetec comes into the picture. Armed only with a design concept outlined in a 3-ring binder, founder Edward Borlenghi approached Joy Carpets at the Surfaces trade show in Las Vegas in the early 2000’s. Joy’s new installation method was perfectly aligned with Edward’s “rotating carpet tile” designs. Let’s now revisit that simple question: “What?”

Imagine a tile with a particular design on it. Now repeat that tile in rows and columns. You’d expect one repeating pattern, right? Wrong. Not with these tiles. A unique proprietary design on the tiles allow for many different patterns to be created by merely changing the rotation of the tiles during assembly. For example, group four tiles together with particular rotations then repeat the group... a specific pattern emerges. Now change the rotations of the four tiles in the group and repeat that group... a different pattern emerges. There is a vast number of different patterns that can be created by merely altering the number of tiles in the group and each tiles’ orientation.

Let’s now take this one step further. Instead of repeating groups of carpet tiles, what happens if they are assembled randomly, without regard for each tile’s rotation? Something beautiful: A completely non-repetitive and organic flooring composition emerges. Both of the preschool images shown here demonstrate the variety of designs that can be achieved using only one tile design with various rotations.

The tile shown here is called Cocoon, and it’s also available in subtle, less-playful colors. The same is true with the other two tile designs that Binvetec licensed to Joy Carpets: Clockwork and Etruscan.

All three tile styles create unique patterns and geometries, which are best demonstrated at The videos and animations show numerous compositions and flooring applications.

Because these durable carpet tiles are commercial-grade and manufactured for heavy traffic, they are typically not installed in residences. Although, there have been many customers who have purchased them for use in playrooms, bonus rooms, and basement remodels.

Built to last and designed for the masses, offers a breakthrough innovation in floor covering that is simple yet ingenious. Made in America and distributed globally, it won’t be long before you find your feet weaving along the fluid designs of Cocoon.

See and explore for yourself at

For more information:
Edward Borlenghi
Ph: 858-692-5478

Cocoon, Gray/Ash on DIY Network

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Find more colors Cocoon is offered in.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Long Security Lines at Sochi... Grab the app.

Long Security Lines at Sochi... Grab the app.

Tile Spin mobile app memory game. Get caught in a Tile Spin!

The news is saying security will be nuts once the games begin in February.

This years Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is going to be a showdown. Unfortunately, I'm not referring to the battles among the athletes in the different events. I'm referring to the terrorist attacks that are already ramping up.

Athletes are starting to get concerned they might be the victim of an attack. Rightfully so, after all, since terrorist groups are threatening them and/or the games altogether.

Scary times.

So anybody planning to go to Sochi for these Games, do be careful and do keep your eyes peeled. Watch for suspicious activity. If you see something questionable, heighten your awareness and consider alerting another (or an authority) to the matter. Use good judgement.

And when you are in a safe place, everything is mellow, and there are no concerns around. Play a game of Tile Spin to exercise your mind. Improve your memory by duplicating Target Patterns.

Watch the video that you can find by following the Tile Spin logo. Start clicking.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Stock Market Plummets... Grab the app.

Stock Market Plummets... Grab the app.

Tile Spin mobile app memory game. Get caught in a Tile Spin!

You can't control the Market but you can control the Tiles. When your positions in the stock market fall, it can hurt. But it can hurt more if you sell trying to cut your losses, or maximize gains while you can. So don't freak out. The more people that panic and sell, the lower the values get, which can snowball into a recession and failed economy if left to mass chaos.

Just chill. Ignore the numbers knowing they'll bounce back again. Be patient.

Instead, whip out your mobile device and exercise your brain with a brain teaser memory game... Tile Spin. Grab the app.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Carpet Tiles Take Off

Carpet Tiles Take Off

Etruscan tiles

This carpet tile product stands to be one of the coolest design concepts in flooring. Using large square-meter carpet squares, a wide variety of installations can be assembled depending on how the tiles are rotated.

With a non-adhesive installation method, carpet tiles can be replaced, relocated, or even rotated to change the design. From repetitive patterns to non-repetitive organic designs, there is no limit to the possibilities in very large spaces.

Airport terminals are a fantastic venue for these carpet tiles to strut their stuff. And since they are designed for heavy traffic, they are built to last and perform to the highest standards.

Visit Adaptive Rugs to be blown away.