Mathematical Carpeting: Connectivity from Tarkett

Tarkett has launched a new collection with designer Jhane Barnes. The Connectivity collection comprises three designs: Celestial, Celtic Knots and PM Square.

Barnes uses mathematics and signature textile techniques to create innovative designs. Some of her other collaborations with Tarkett include classics Longitude, Haphazard II and Aftermath II, as well as the more recent Corollary, Spin-Off, Soundblock and Blockade.

Celestial, available in Powerbond and three modular sizes, combines different types of mathematical sequencing and visual elements to create an unexpected yet harmonious design.

Barnes took a geometric approach to Celtic Knots, which was inspired by the ancient Celtic symbol representing unity and growth. In her design, Barnes used only straight lines and right triangles to create interlocking knots and a delicate woven pattern. Like Celestial, Celtic Knots is available in Powerbond and three modular sizes.

Both Powerbond designs are offered with Powerbond RS, an asthma- and allergy-friendly soft surface floor covering. Made with ultra-low VOCs, the hybrid flooring combines the look and feel of carpet with the durability and cleanability of a resilient surface. Powerbond RS provides a wall-to-wall moisture barrier to prevent mold and mildew. Its low pile height allows for the easy removal of dust and allergens: In testing, 95 percent of allergens were removed effectively with a simple dry vacuuming, according to the company.

PM Square LVT, the third design in the Connectivity collection, will be available later in Q1. PM Square was created using Latin squares, the mathematical constructs famously used in Sudoku puzzles.

The entire Connectivity collection is ortho-phthalate free. In addition, 97 percent of Tarkett’s raw materials are third-party assessed for their impact on human and environmental health based on Cradle to Cradle criteria.