Interface’s Embodied Beauty collection – the leading modular flooring producer’s first range of carbon negative carpet tiles – are now available from the company’s South African distributor, KBAC Flooring.  

Designed to lower the carbon footprint of flooring with style, Embodied Beauty features three unique Orientally-inspired styles: Shishu Stitch, Tokyo Texture, and Zen Stitch, all showing that the pursuit of beautiful design and sustainability is inseparable. 

In addition to the three cradle-to-gate carbon negative styles, all Embodied Beauty styles are carbon neutral across their full product life cycle and form part of Interface’s “Climate Take Back” initiative – a mission to not only limit carbon emissions in manufacture, but also actively increase the removal of carbon from the atmosphere.

The collection is inspired by the Japanese aesthetics of minimalism, restoration, and the organic beauty of nature. From narrow monochromatic patterns to large scaled graphic tufted textures, the styles all combine and contrast tastefully in “Ikigai”-style. 

 Ikigai – meaning “a reason for being” –  is a Japanese concept related to well-being and happiness through connection with others and nature. It teaches appreciation for simplicity and acceptance of what is impermanent.

Embodied Beauty embraces calm, muted greys in warm and cool tones alongside natural colours for added dimension. Simple Sash, Sashiko Stitch, and Vintage Kimono evoke the delicate beauty of antique textiles and make ideal companions for Zen Stitch with its irregular gridded texture. Geisha Gather is a modern, woven graphic that invites the creation of personal zen-like patterns, while Tokyo Texture and Shishu Stitch draw inspiration from nature with their organic textures and soft, subtle striated designs. 

On its mission to lower the carbon footprint of commercial and residential flooring, Interface is transforming its global backing systems with the company’s unique CQuest backings. The Embodied Beauty collection uses two such CQuest backings:

  • QuestBioX – Shishu Stitch, Tokyo Texture, and Zen Stitch use CQuestBioX backing. The carbon negative materials in CQuestBioX backing, in combination with specialty yarns and tufting processes, result in a carbon negative carpet tile.
  • CQuestBio – Used in Geisha Gather, Sashiko Stitch, Simple Sash, and Vintage Kimono, the materials in the backing are carbon negative and lower the carbon footprint of the product.

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