Archives for July 2013

The world as an art gallery

The Yarn Storm collection is part of Milliken’s new introductions that create unique interior aesthetics through multi-dimensional patterning and colour. Specifically, Yarn Storm celebrates the world as an art gallery by illustrating horizontal and vertical explorations of hand-knit textures that balance chaos with precision on the floor plane. The solution-dyed nylon construction offers a new […]

In tangerine and truffle

Alameda from Surya is a flat-woven rug made of 100-percent wool and crafted in India. Designer Beth Lacefield brings a fresh new perspective to Alameda, a collection exclusively designed for Surya. Known for its focus on unique details and play on scale and pattern, this bold range features nine different colour palettes, ranging from bright […]

Canadian retail sales surge

According to Statistics Canada, retail sales across the country rose 1.9 percent to $40.4 billion in May, the largest rate of growth since March 2010. This followed relatively flat sales the previous two months. The gains were widespread as higher sales were reported in 9 of 11 sub-sectors, representing 94 percent of total retail trade. In volume terms, sales were also up 1.9%, a […]

Where’s the drain?

Infinity Drain, which makes design-centric premium linear drains, has targeted the architecture and design community with its Tile Drain, an innovation in functional-design solutions for the bath. Crafted to make the drain look as though it has disappeared, the Tile Drain artfully replaces the standard centre drain, imbuing the bath with a distinct aesthetic edge […]

Canadian home sales show highest growth since 2010

According to BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic, the latest data from the Canadian Real Estate Association show that the Canadian housing market remains balanced and well-behaved. Existing home sales rose for the fourth month in a row in June, posting a 3.3 percent seasonally adjusted gain from the prior month and down just 0.6 percent […]

Some hazelnut and merlot

The Monterey series of hardwood floors from South Mountain is a unique collection available in a variety of attractive species, including oak, maple, birch and hickory. Offered in a 3⁄8-inch by five-inch format, Monterey comes in hand-scraped and wire-cut finishes. Both of these versions come in six colour options: bark, cognac, spice, saddle, hazelnut and […]

A wood look

The I.D. Inspiration collection of high-performance resilient planks from Tarkett features a dynamic design, durability and low environmental impact. This collection is ideal for heavy-traffic commercial areas, including hospitality, retail, corporate, education, healthcare and other applications. I.D. Inspiration is designed to achieve realism by combining advances in technology, imaging, embossing and finishing, and is available […]


Mapei has introduced a complete line of care and maintenance products that will add to the durability of floorcovering installations. The UltraCare line is the result of 18 months of research and development. This line of products is designed for the care and maintenance of stone, tile and grout surfaces. This new line-up, in addition […]

Canadian housing starts remain steady

Housing starts in Canada were trending at 184,514 units in June compared to 184,087 in May, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates of housing starts. “As expected, the trend in total housing starts remained essentially stable in June, for […]

ASTM on the mind

Coverings’ very own installation columnist, Christopher Capobianco — who has an ongoing affiliation with the FCICA — routinely writes about ASTM installation standards for flooring. FCICA is now offering a webinar approach to learning about these standards. The webinar, which is FCICA’s 10th in a series, will be held on Thursday July 18, 2013 at […]