Tarkett Launches Interleave Modular Carpet

New Collection by Jhane Barnes Evokes the Peaceful Rhythms of Nature

Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, launches Interleave Modular Carpet, a collaboration with Jhane Barnes. Interleave provides a calming effect that resonates in many commercial environments, including corporate, healthcare, and higher education spaces.

Much more is expected of flooring today, especially within commercial interiors. Flooring must subtly complement the interior design of the space, while making a statement that supports the overall look, feel and message of a brand. Interleave does this with the gentle flow of sines in a variety of colors—a contemporary approach to incorporating natural, soothing visual elements without a literal translation of organic materials.

Like the gentle arc of ocean waves, nature’s flowing curves bring peaceful rhythm and soothing repetition. Mathematicians call them sines—curves described by the equation (y = a sin x). But mathematicians aren’t the only ones to appreciate their visual appeal—or the serenity they bring to a space.

For the making of Interleave, designer Jhane Barnes began with a simple gradating stripe as a background pattern. She then transformed the same series of stripes into sine curves, introducing a biophilic element that our brains instinctively recognize. During the design process, Jhane initially began using sines of various shapes and sizes, but found that using identical curves was more soothing.

Created with high-quality, solution dyed Dynex SD® Nylon yarn fiber, Interleave modular tiles provide permanent stain resistance, with cationic properties inherent to the structure of the fiber. Available in 18” x 36” tiles, Interleave can be installed in a vertical ashlar or herringbone layout. The linear background and soft curves in the pattern’s foreground are reminiscent of raking patterns within a Zen garden.

Interleave is:

  • Available on ethos® Modular with Omnicoat Technology™, a Cradle to Cradle Silver and Living Product Challenge Imperative certified backing, made with PVB film from recycled The styles also include Eco-Ensure™ soil protection technology, a fluorine-free chemistry that is Cradle to Cradle Gold Material Health certified.
  • Recyclable through the ReStart® reclamation program

Tarkett’s Holistic Approach to Sustainability

Tarkett believes that together, we can make a positive impact on people and the planet. That’s why we’re Doing Good—Together, connecting our sustainability efforts with what customers value and the world needs. It’s an active, living commitment to create a future where people and the planet prosper in balance. Where sustainable flooring solutions don’t just perform, they inspire.

Part of this is the belief in creating products that are safe and circular. Our comprehensive approach to healthy, sustainable materials examines every ingredient and manufacturing process, and its impact on human and planet health. Working toward carbon-neutral manufacturing is just one element in a much broader research and development process that reduces our impact on biodiversity, climate change, and more.

More information about all of Tarkett’s products can be found at www.tarkettna.com.

About Tarkett

With a history stretching back 135 years, Tarkett is a worldwide leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, with net sales of more than € 2.8 billion in 2018. Offering a wide range of products, including vinyl, linoleum, rubber, carpet, wood, laminate, artificial turf and athletic tracks, the Group serves customers in over 100 countries across the globe. Tarkett has 13,000 employees and 36 industrial sites and sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields. Committed to “Doing Good—Together,” the Group has implemented an eco-innovation strategy that is based on Cradle to Cradle principles and promotes a circular economy, with the ultimate goal of contributing to people’s health and wellbeing, and preserving natural capital. Tarkett is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A, ISIN: FR0004188670, ticker: TKTT) and is included in the following indices: SBF 120 and CAC Mid 60 www.tarkett.com.

About Jhane Barnes

Jhane Barnes’ 38-year fashion career saw her menswear label grace the shelves of stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Nordstrom. She didn’t stop there! She designed textiles for Knoll for 14 years, furniture for Bernhardt for 10 years, and carpet for Tarkett, now 20 years and counting. Her innovative carpet tile and Powerbond products for Tarkett have been revolutionary. She uses a blend of science and art, incorporating mathematics into many of the products she designs using her custom developed software-software that creates patterns using  algorithms. Much  of her career has been built on pushing boundaries. She continues to push those boundaries with her current designs. Recently she has been designing custom patterns for large scale airports and university installations along with  regular new releases. www.jhanebarnes.com