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28th January 2014, Spartanburg, SC

Milliken introduces new floor covering collections

Milliken has introduced its new Nordic Stories and Fretwork floor covering collections.

The company aims to provide innovative floor covering solutions that invite designers to think about the floor plane with fresh perspectives. The collections explore unique inspirations and design aesthetics.

Nordic Stories

The Nordic Stories collection brings Scandinavian-influenced colour and texture to the floor plane, paying homage to a series of diverse countries that have collectively helped define contemporary design culture.

Nordic Stories shown in Tectonic, Isograd and Hidden Plains. © Milliken

Developed by Milliken’s in-house European design team, Nordic Stories is inspired by the textural landscape, geological extremes, folklore and modern culture of the Northern Hemisphere. Muted natural tones, black volcanic rock, deep blue lakes, rich golden moss, graphic landforms and bold architecture are interpreted through three patterns, providing a sensory experience to interior environments that is uniquely Nordic.

Featuring three different patterns that include 34 colours, the collection contains 31% of total recycled content.


The Fretwork collection offers unprecedented detail to interior environments through precision and lightness of line. The rhythmic and interlacing mathematical patterns create a lace effect that is both modern and architectural – almost as though there is a delicate geometric scrim stretched across the floor plane.

With Fretwork, Milliken continues to explore line quality and edge of tile registration possible through Milliken’s high-resolution digital printing technology, the company reports. All four patterns, Crosshatch, Harmonic, Brise Soleil and Kaleidoscope, are designed to work within themselves in tile-to-tile pattern registration as well as between small, mid-scale and large patterns.

Fretwork shown in Brise Soleil. © Milliken

“We aspire to continually push the boundaries of flooring design through beautiful aesthetics, unique inspiration stories, superior functionality and state-of-the-art design and printing capabilities,” said Barbara Haaksma, Vice President of design and marketing for Milliken’s global floor covering division. “These collections illustrate a commitment to offer designers new ways to bring interiors to life through meaningful floor covering.”


Both Nordic Stories and Fretwork are available with Milliken’s TractionBack technology, a modular carpet backing that is said to be less costly, environmentally superior and faster and easier to use compared to wet adhesives or peel and stick adhesives.

Nordic Stories and Fretwork are PVC-free and contribute to LEED and other green building certifications desirable in today’s environmentally conscious architecture and design industry, the company reports.

Milliken’s global floor covering division

Milliken has a rich history of delivering innovative broadloom and modular carpet collections from its award-winning global design studios, research centre and manufacturing facilities.

Milliken’s unexpected and purposeful flooring products are said to offer great design solutions built from unique insights and an exceptional array of technical capabilities.


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