Returning for its 29th year in Hanover, Germany, Domotex 2017 (14-17 January) didn’t disappoint, successfully bringing together exhibitors and visitors from across the world to put the global floor coverings industry in the spotlight.
This year, the show attracted more than 45,000 people from across the globe, with 1,409 exhibitors from 60 countries. Therefore, it’s no surprise to learn the show had an extra buzz about it, with an array of floor coverings on display, from authentic hand-made rugs and multi-colour artificial turf to luxury vinyl flooring (LVT) inspired by real wood, stone and textiles.
It was a great time for us to demonstrate our new Palio Core (pictured below) and the benefits of opting for a rigid core design. With its 6.5mm thickness and acoustic foam backing, our core technology can reduce noise transfer to rooms below up to 19dB, without the need for underlay. Ideal for multi-level spaces and busy homes.
Palio Core by Designflooring, Sorano RCP6508
Around the show it was clear to see a strong influence from geometric shapes and decorative tiles, especially across textiles, wood and LVT. Shapes range from retro, block designs, cubes and hexagons. Interestingly, there has been a noticeable resurgence of herringbone laying patterns (pictured below).
Above image features Mac Carpet sourced from Worth Global Style Network (WGSN)
A timeless trend, tactility continues to be a big driver for textiles and now LVT and real wood, with many designs taking inspiration from cathedrals, castles of Europe or reclaimed wood. You can expect to see hand-scraped or weathered wood effect designs such as our Van Gogh Honey Oak (pictured below) and Hickory Paprika.
Van Gogh Honey Oak VGW94T
Ochre is evolving with the added mix of blue and grey tones. The show played host to erased traditional Persian motifs (pictured below by Global Overseas) and geometric-blocking.
Above image features Global Overseas sourced from Worth Global Style Network (WGSN)
There’s a renewed appeal for industrial and concrete floorcoverings with an array of neutral and grey tones on display including rustic and distressed designs. Ideal for modern and stylish interiors, our LooseLay Longboard Pearl Oak (pictured below) and French Grey Oak are both inspired by the European preference for neutral and grey tones.
LooseLay Longboard by Designfloorng, Pearl Oak LLP306