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What is the Best Alternative to Axminster Carpet? Definity.
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The benefits of Definity carpet far outweigh Axminster. Recyclable, richly textured and fully customizable — Discover the Definity difference.   I am fortunate enough to work in Mohawk Group’s Light Lab Design Center, which houses our entire commercial design team and is the first Living Building Challenge Petal Certified project in the state of Georgia. Our space has incredible views and a positive cooperative environment, but it is...

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Green Has Sprung In Hospitality Flooring Design
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Colors are shifting in hospitality design, and here at Durkan we are excited about the introduction of so many beautiful shades of greens. Pantone predicted that green would be big this year, which is being reinforced by what we are seeing everywhere we go. Read more about Pantone’s “Greenery” here. Deep emerald, jade and lime greens are all showing up in inspiration material and...

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Green Lodging Right Down to the Carpet
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For the first LEED Platinum certified hotel in the United States, sustainability is a guiding tenet in every way that hospitality is extended to green-minded guests. That’s why it was important for the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, N.C., to make responsible decisions with the waste that was created from a recent renovation. In addition to specifying beautiful custom multi-level cut and loop carpeting from...

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D*SCOVERing A New Generation Of Design Talent
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Our Durkan D*SCOVER student design competition, in partnership with NEWH, celebrates the talent of designers in the hospitality design field and contributes toward the education of future designers. The contest is held annually and winners are announced at HD Expo as part of a live presentation during the show. Know of a talented student designer that should enter? We invite you to reach out...

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Durkan’s Custom Design for Ethereal Art Installation by Janet Echelman
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There is nothing more exciting than seeing a custom Durkan carpet made exclusively for an art installation. Because of Durkan’s extensive custom capabilities, we are fortunate that product as art happens every so often, and when it does, it is visual euphoria. The most recent art installation that includes Durkan is Janet Echelman’s  Possible Futures Of A Line, Traveling Through Space And Time, 2016. The installation...

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Weaving Together Luxury and Heritage In a Carpet
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At Tulalip Resort Casino in Washington, even the hallway carpeting tells a story, using patterns that pay homage to the rich traditions of the Tulalip Tribe. This textile storytelling was made possible with Durkan’s Definity technology. The Tulalip (pronounced tuh-lay-lip) Tribe lives on the shores of Puget Sound and owns the 370-room luxury resort casino. The hotel has always celebrated its Native American heritage...

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BDNY 2016 Product Showcase
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This is the time of year when we reveal some of our most exciting hospitality flooring solutions from our hospitality brand, Durkan. Our expanded flooring collections include an incredible range of innovative texture and pattern capabilities. Our collections are designed to inspire customers to create a floor that will make a lasting impression. That’s why we always encourage our customers to Imagine Durkan. Mindscapes — Designed...

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Four Color & Design Stories Inspired by Stacy Garcia
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TRACES. Inspired by infinite and intricate formations, Traces explores the deconstruction and transformation of the earth’s innate variations. Showcasing beautiful biomorphic and organic abstractions, each design explores the intersections of light and shadow through fractal patterning and delicate layers. Taking cues from sedimentary rock forms and arid lands, the palette consists of soft sumptuous shades of beige complemented with decadent browns and cool greys. With harmonious...

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Hospitality Flooring Reimagined
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Hospitality flooring has been reimagined with Durkan’s Onyx. Onyx is featured in Durkan’s innovative Definity technology which redefines luxury performance with patterning and textures never before seen in hospitality floorscapes. Enhanced surface detailing provides more than twice the definition of any other high-end hospitality carpet. Durkan’s exclusive technology creates precision sculpted dimension for incredible visual and tactile experiences. Stunning Floorscapes In Hospitality Flooring The...

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Durkan D*SCOVER Design Competition Inspires A Rising Star
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As they say, it’s amazing what a difference a year can make. Just last year, Kristen Evans was a student at Georgia Southern University. She entered Durkan’s student design competition, D*SCOVER, and thanks to that submission, she now has a full-time position as a designer at Durkan!  Held annually, Durkan’s D*SCOVER design competition allows college students and future designers to demonstrate their talent. Kristen entered the 2015 competition...

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Sailfish Point Country Club Searches For A Breathtaking Flooring Solution
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Here’s why Durkan’s Lakir blew away the decision-makers at Sailfish: It combined organic beauty and sophisticated styling in a durable package that could be custom colored. Plus, it was made in the USA, which facilitated delivery, and it was a sustainable choice—being CRI Green Label Plus certified and crafted of 25% pre-consumer recycled content. The luxurious patterns in Lakir are created with Durkan’s exclusive Definity...

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Janet Echelman Inspires, Moves And Makes People Think Through Art
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Durkan recently hosted a fantastic Design Summit at Barnsley Gardens, Georgia, where A&D customers – as well as end users and media – were treated to trend presentations, hospitality product development previews, and a special keynote talk by Janet Echelman. Echelman is an artist who works on a grand scale with fishnet, light and air. But to merely call her a fiber artist doesn’t do justice...

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Bold Thinking At The Galt House Hotel
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Bold thinking has always been a part of the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. After all, it was in the first Galt House in 1864 that Union generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Sherman devised their audacious military strategy to capture Atlanta. More than 120 years later, in 1985, the Galt House installed one of the largest geothermal heating and air conditioning systems...

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Liz Collins’ Energy Field: Carpet Is The Star Of The Show!
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Fabric on the floor changes the space immediately, and carpet spanning an entire space claims the room as a unique domain. My very first idea for Energy Field, a long-running art installation at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, was to install a wall-to-wall carpet with an engineered design based on one of my bold graphic artworks. I...

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Designing The Hospitality Interior With Artistry
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It’s clear that when IDI Studio sets out to create an interior, design is done with sheer artistry. In the Tulalip Resort Casino, every detail makes an impression and Durkan definitely added to the mix. A 36 oz. merit stripe custom with attached pad was created by IDI Studios for the guest rooms while a custom pattern, using Durkan’s Definity technology, was designed for the elevator lobby. IDI...

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Take A Trip To Our Dallas Showroom!
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Recently, we opened our Dallas showroom! Designed by Gensler Dallas, our showroom and design studio was created by designers, for fellow designers, so everything from the layout to the décor welcomes creativity and inspiration. With communal worktables, easy access to product samples and an accessible loose tile library, it’s more than a showroom. We’re excited to share our space with the design community, whether...

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Design Chat with Virginia Langley
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Where do you live and where did you grow up? How did these environments influence your approach design? Well, there’s quite a lot to combine here as I am British, but I was born in Africa and lived there the first part of my youth. I am now American and my home is in beautiful Palm Springs, California. My first time to California I fell...

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Flooring Solutions for Stoney Creek Deliver Product And A Beautiful Space
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This Stoney Creek Hospitality Missouri location features Durkan’s first hotel lobby installation with products using our Definity technology. Other products used on the project for public spaces feature Durkan’s printed Synthesis technology. Kim Drautz, president and chief operating officer of Stoney Creek Hospitality, gives an overview of her team’s experience searching for a total flooring solution. “When a supplier says that they can provide a flooring solution for...

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Exactly How the Designer Imagined It…
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Durkan’s installation of Mt Prospect Horizons in Mt. Prospect, Illinois features a custom print product installed in the library and corridors. The project designer was Alden Design Group and the contractor was Alden Bennett Construction. According to the designer, the final product and installation was exactly as she had imagined. We love helping to make dreams come true!...

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Now, That’s A Map!
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If you head to the Thomas Theatre in Marquette, Michigan, you’ll definitely know where you are! Along with TK Architects of Kansas City, Missouri, our Durkan representative, Cynthia Katafiasz and Durkan Designer, Brian McCleskey developed this custom patterned carpet using the base grade Colorshield Cut 36. This will definitely put the theatre and Durkan on the map! “Our Marquette Cinema features a 26 x 30 foot rug...

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Durkan [on the Floor] of the Silver Screen
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Who doesn’t love to make their mark in Hollywood? Well, we’re not shy to admit that when we were selected as the brand of choice for the iconic Chinese Theatres in Hollywood we were pretty excited. First opened on May 19, 1927, this spectacular theatre has been entertaining the movie-going public for more than 80 years. Now having undergone extensive upgrades and preservation projects...

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Light Source, the Master of Brain Trickery
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Why is lighting a space so important? It can make a room of color all shades of gray; it can turn green to blue and turn yellow to orange. With custom designs and colors, lighting can be your friend or foe. Cool Fact #1:  Light and color are inextricably connected; in a sense, light is color. Cool Fact #2:  Color is not a physical...

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Wanna Play?
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Every kid loves to get a chance to climb and play in the middle of the mall, and nothing says playtime more than bright colors and happy images. Durkan recently completed a custom designed carpet for the Exton Square Mall Kids Play Area, which included a lively nature theme. The Play Area is colorful and creative with a butterfly, bridge, flower slide, and  a variety of lovable woodland...

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Turn Up the Volume
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  Characterized with a gritty, urban grunge, Acid Hip, our latest collection with Durkan is turning up the volume. This collection features dynamic color blocking, geometric grids and an unexpected juxtaposition of pixilated and spray-painted art. An edgy collection filled with high energy and movement, Acid hip was inspired by the graffiti, the people, the creative energy and the expression that live in urban...

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Sharing Some Hospitality
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Thought we’d share some recent hospitality installations from our team at Durkan!  From across the country hotels and casinos are using Durkan products from our Merit brand of tufted products to our innovative print products using Spectronics technology. What’s your favorite product to use and what trends are you seeing in the hospitality segment? Have a project that you’d like to see featured? Let...

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