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Carpet Wholesalers & Manufacturers – New Zealand

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Carpet & Vinyl Wholesalers & Manufacturers Overview.

Carpet  & hard flooring wholesaler Irvine International specialise in the manufacturing, importing and distribution throughout New Zealand and the wider Pacific of both commercial and domestic… carpet, carpet tiles, axminster carpet,custom designed carpet, custom rugs, stock rugs, vinyl sheet, vinyl tiles and acoustic wall panels.

Carpet ranges are produced to our own stringent carpet specifications and we are continually adding new carpet styles, constructions and colours. Working closely with international market leaders enables us to provide alternative carpet options and specialty flooring solutions.

Irvine International Floors has been producing both domestic and commercial flooring solutions since 1964 and we are proud to be 100% New Zealand owned.

Our commercial carpet project portfolio consists of some of the most prestigious installations in New Zealand and the Pacific such as; Eden Park carpet – Auckland, The Supreme Court carpet – Wellington, Te Papa Museum Vinyl Tiles -Wellington, Crowne Plaza Hotel carpet – Auckland, Auckland International Airport – Vinyl Tiles and Vinyl Planks, Hoyts cinemas carpet – Nationwide, Hyatt Hotel carpet – Auckland, Heritage Hotel carpet – Auckland, Auckland University carpet tiles, Christchurch Women’s Hospital – carpet and the list goes on, so please visit our website portfolio section for a detailed list and flooring image gallery.  ( see link below)

Flooring design showrooms are located in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington with our bulk distribution centres in Auckland and Christchurch. we can provide a nationwide service for all sectors of the flooring market. Supported with a substantial New Zealand stock offering in domestic and commercial carpet, carpet tiles and vinyl, we are able to respond to your flooring requirements immediately.

Carpet wholesaler is not a word that can be used lightly it is vital that before you invest your money in a flooring product or distributor you invest in some time to visit us and our facilities in either Auckland or Christchurch.

Irvine International is an approved supplier to all quality flooring retailers including, but not restricted to:

Carpet Court nationwide, The Floor Store nationwide, Flooring Xtra nationwide, Hills Flooring’s, Smiths City stores, Guthrie Bowron home decorating stores and quality independent flooring retailers.

Visit our “Where to Buy” section for details of flooring retailers in your area.

Irvine International provide:

Carpet, Carpet Tiles, Commercial Carpet, Domestic Carpet, Axminster Carpet, Premium Solution Dyed Nylon Carpet (PSDN  Carpet), Marine Carpet, Automotive Carpet, Domestic Vinyl Tiles, Commercial Vinyl Tiles, Commercial Vinyl Sheet, Commercial Vinyl Planks, Domestic Vinyl Planks, Wall Vinyl, Acoustic Wall Panels, Pin Board, Acoustic Vinyl, and more…

please visit the link below or contact us directly on 0800 367 773. 

http://irvineinternational.co.nz/Portfolio.asp

Carpet Buying Tips

For most of us carpet is the largest chattel investments you make in your home, whether it is a new-build or refurbishment project. Like most large-ticket purchases, wading your way through the myriad of make and model options can be confusing if you don’t have a clear focus, and carpet is one of the more complicated products to research. Answering a few simple questions can narrow down the field to ensure you buy carpet that meets the specific requirements of your lifestyle and  the room in which you are planning to have carpet installed.

Carpet can be produced in many different ways and these options result in different surface textures, affecting the way a carpet looks and feels. Carpet construction methods can be tufted, woven or needlepunched. Most carpet sold in New Zealand is tufted, which means the carpet yarn has been threaded through a backing by hundreds of needles to form loops to a desired length. Tufted carpet can then be either cut pile or loop pile. Cut Pile means the tops of the loops are cut off to create individual yarn ends. Generally this carpet yarn has more twist which is set so the tufts won’t flatten. The harder the twist of the carpet yarn, the more textured it will look and the longer it will take to wear.  Cut Pile carpet is best suited to areas where underfoot comfort is important. Loop Pile is generally more durable than cut pile, however it is less-soft under foot and less comfortable. The carpet fibre loops are not cut or sheared, so the loops form the carpet surface and this is where the soil tends to stay, making cleaning easier. Level loop pile has a tight, pebbly surface. Multi-level loops produce interesting patterns that have enhanced soil-masking capabilities. Loop Pile carpets are best suited to areas where there is high foot traffic such as commercial environments.

Woven Carpet  is made by weaving the yarn and backing at the same time. The best-known types of woven carpet are Axminster Carpet and Wilton Carpet, their names being taken from the type of loom on which they are woven. Axminster is always cut pile but Wilton can be either cut or loop pile or both. 

When considering your budget, carpets which ensure high performance are generally more expensive compared with other carpet types.  They not only tend to wear substantially better than standard production carpet, they stay looking good for much longer and the overall life-cycle costs including professional cleaning will be far less. How should my carpet perform? Most of us want our carpet to wear well and stay looking good for many years to come. However an average household of 2 adults, 2 children and a cat and or a dog, demands much more from a carpet than the pet-less owner of a one bedroom apartment! 

Similarly, those of us with lots of north/west/east facing windows will be particuarly interested in purchasing a carpet which will not be susceptible to fade or deterioration from UV sunlight.

It pays to consider the total cost of the carpet plus installation.  There is often negligible difference in the installation costs of an expensive carpet versus a carpet at the opposite end of the scale in price, so stretching to the maximum of your budget will help you avoid the deception of false economy.

Please contact us on 0800 367 773 or at one of our Flooring Design Centres in Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington or go now to the carpet section of our website by clicking on the following link http://irvineinternational.co.nz/Products/Carpet/

 

Carpet Buying Guide-Solution Dyed Nylon

What is a Premium Solution Dyed Nylon (PSDN) Carpet?

Solution Dyed Nylon Carpet refers to how the colour of the carpet yarn is produced.  Solution dyeing involves injection of colour pigment into the nylon polymer while it is in a molten state, so that the colour becomes part of the yarn’s molecular structure. Simply put … it’s like a carrot and a radish.  SDN is like the carrot -  ie the colour  is all the way through.  Space or piece dyeing (as in the case of wool) are like a radish, ie the carpets yarn is white to begin with and then colour is only applied to the outside of the yarn, making it susceptible to fading and at risk of also being lifted during stain removal on this type of carpet.

Benefits of SDN Carpet

Solution Dyed Nylon Carpet (SDN) has precision colour uniformity and is exceptionally colour-fast and fade-resistant.  Dyeing before extrusion and makes the carpet yarn non-porous and therefore incapable of absorbing moisture.  This means that spills and liquid accidents cannot penetrate the fibre, but rather sit on the surface making them easier to remove – hence the term Stainproof carpet.   Because the colour is all the way through, harsh stains can be removed with what would normally be considered aggressive cleaning techniques, without fear of lifting the carpets colour along with the stain.  For example Stubborn stains on Premium Solution Dyed Nylon carpet (PSDN) can be removed with a mixture of 50% Bleach : 50% Water.  (NB:  Not all SDN carpet quality is such that it can sustain this cleaning method, so seek manufacturer’s instructions before attempting!)

In order to get the full benefits from Solution Dyed Nylon  Carpet, it is wise to check that the carpet backing is also solution dyed.  This ensures that it too carries the same stain-resistant qualities as the carpet, ie doesn’t absorb moisture, is resistant to mould and mildew, remains odour-free, and is rot and shrink proof.  The backing on all Premium SDN carpet ranges (PSDN) is also made from Solution Dyed fibre.  (NB: Carpet treatments such as Scotchguard are topical treatments only, and can eventually wear off the outside of the yarn after numerous cleanings.)

Non-Allergenic & Anti-Microbial Qualities

Dust in the air carries germs!  The more dust, the more allergens and contaminants.  PSDN carpet is manufactured from Bulk Continuous Filament Nylon (BCF) and will not shed or fuzz.  To further explain; wool from a sheep can only be produced in a finite length and then it must be joined to another length and so on in order to make a strand of wool suitable for the manufacture of textiles.  Shedding and pilling, which is a huge contributor to dust and allergens, occurs where there is wear and rubbing on these joins.  Because the nylon in PSDN carpet is man-made, it can be produced in lengths without joins (BCF), therefore no shedding or fuzzing will ever occur.  Carpet ranges made from PSDN are also anti-microbial, as they undergoe a unique pre-washing process (EcoWash) which effectively removes natural lubricating oils (used in the carpet manufacturing process), on which microbes may survive.

What should I look for when buying a Solution Dyed Nylon Carpet?

Not all Solution Dyed Nylon carpet is created equal!  Ensure that you are confident that the warranties associated with specific brands match your requirements, eg wear warranty, manufacturing defect warranty, UV Fade warranty, etc.

Premium SDN (PSDN) is manufactured from the finest Nylon which is heat-set to keep the fibre stable in order to withstand the weight of both people and furniture.  This means that it will retain its appearance and resilience for an extremely long time.  An effective test to determine the yarn quality of an SDN carpet, and therefore the quality of its appearance retention, is to rub a small section of carpet between your thumb and forefinger for 10-15 seconds to ensure the nylon polymers do not burst and matt together, always ask what the twists per metre are and as to see documentation PSDN has 280 twists per metre.

 
How Environmentally Friendly is the Manufacture of SDN Carpet?

Not all SDN carpet manufacturers are focused on Environmentally Sustainable manufacture.  If this is important to you, check that the carpet has been manufactured by a reputable company with current ISO14001 & ISO9001 certification.  This international standards qualification focuses on continuous improvements in production and many manufacturers with an environmental conscience engage independent contractors to monitor these improvements.
PSDN carpet ranges are manufactured by a fully certified ISO14001 & 9001 manufacturer.

Suitability

Long gone are the days of cheap and shiny synthetic carpets that squeak when you walk on them!  A good quality SDN carpet will have the look and feel of wool, but afford many more attractive benefits to the modern-day consumer.  Premium SDN (pSDN) carpet is an excellent choice for all traffic areas (residential & commercial) because it is durable, static-free, stain-resistant and fade resistant.

For more information visit: www.irvineinternational.co.nz or call 0800 367 773

Sustainable Carpet Tiles – Or Green Wash?

Sustainability is a long standing focus for all of our floor coverings that Irvine International Floors produce, with a companywide drive to reduce waste and drive the use of post consumer recycled content in all flooring on the global market.

Sustainability has been an over used “marketing phrase” for so many carpet tile manufacturers and importers, focusing on Sustainable Green Wash over and above the key factors of actually reducing post consumer waste, removing PVC content from carpet tiles and failing to declare the truth of point of origin of their carpet tiles components.

Having company’s buying carbon credits to offset the fact that they are polluting the environment and then promoting the fact they are green, is starting to not convince the educated specifier, who is now asking more informed questions. 

Sustainable carpet tile question; “What is the better option for a New Zealand consumer concerned with the carbon foot print of a carpet tile and it’s shipping distance”? A recent project investigation may give the answer.

A major Architect did some serious digging after Irvine International Floors proved they had a smaller carbon transport foot print on a product coming from America, after an alternative carpet tile company he was considering emitted to the break downn on the transport and life cycle of their carpet tiles, which was substantially great than initially anticipated, as the product was only being shipped from Australia from wear the “CARPET TILE” was produced. Or so it seemed.

As it transpired the carpet from Australia had had a very long and environmentally expensive life cycle before it got to Australia, let alone before the carpet tile arrived in New Zealand. As the architect advised us the trip started in Atlanta where carpets yarn was made, then shipped to Asia where the yarn was tufted into carpet in roll form, then it’s next International carpet trip down to Australia where the carpet was cut into tiles and then backed,… final destination New Zealand.

Compare the above story with the Irvine International Carpet tile which used 85% post consumer recycled content from the Atlanta area, Carpet Yarn manufactured in the Atlanta region, then tufted, backed and cut into carpet tiles ( all still in the local  Atlanta region) and then one direct shipment directly to New Zealand.

Interior Designers, Architects and end users ask the questions and don’t get taken for ride, with the amount of green wash out in the market, ask all the questions you can of each component,.

Truely working for a more sustainable Planet with Irvine International. Vistit the below link and then call us on 0800 367 773 for further Information.

http://irvineinternational.co.nz/Environment/default.asp

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Carpet Carpet and More Carpet

Carpet can be one of your most costly spends in any interior fitout, if you make the wrong carpet choice now, it will cost you even more to rectify any flooring issues later down the track.

As the title of this article implies “carpet, carpet and more carpet” where should an interior designer, architect or end consumer start with their selection process when looking for carpet? With so much carpet available on the market both in New Zealand and around world it can be a confusing and daunting process choosing the right carpet.

Carpet fibre types such as premium solution dyed nylon (PSDN), standard solution dyed nylon (SDN), piece dyed nylon, 100% wool, 80% wool 20% nylon, polypropylene, polyester and more recently corn starch fibres, so what’s the right carpet fibre for your environment ?

Now there the decision on the carpets actual construction, will you select a cut pile carpet, loop pile carpet, cut pile and loop pile carpet (LCL or Level Cut Loop)  and will it be a tufted carpet, woven Axminster carpet, Wilton carpet, or maybe an industrial grade carpet such as needlepunch.

Carpet tile or broadloom carpet is you next option and most of the above listed carpet types come in both carpet tile and rolls.

As you are starting to see there are so many options when it comes to choosing the right carpet, so rather than you becoming a total flooring expert you should visit our website on the below link and then us call us on 0800 367 773 for a free consultation before you rush out and select you new carpet.

http://irvineinternational.co.nz/Products/Carpet/

New ‘XR’ Commercial Vinyl

New Zealand’s best price commercial sheet  flooring is arguably where Irvine International Floors new  ’XR’ vinyl sits in the market with it’s aggressive price point for larger scale projects.

Commercial sheet vinyl at this new price level will enable you to put a new commercial vinyl floor down when you thought you didn’t have the flooring budget to do so, enabling you to find a new option for your next interior flooring fit-out.

With large stock holding’s in New Zealand we can offer a fast on site delivery, wether it is for a whole super market floor or a small vinyl staff room or back of house area, we have the ability to supply quickly.

With a nationwide technical sales force we are happy to help with you next vinyl flooring specification, complete with comprehensive warranties for product, adhesive and installation Irvine International Floors new vinyl is sure to become a specifiers product of choice.

Visit the below link for full technical information, colour range or call 0800 367 773 for free samples and more information.

http://irvineinternational.co.nz/ProductDetail.asp?PID=614&SCID=458

New Commercial Vinyl Flooring

Commercial Vinyl Flooring in sheet form has long been a tried and proven solution to any hard wearing commercial environment, from a whole supermarket floor, hospital corridor flooring or vinyl behind a bar, commercial vinyl is a perfect choice.

Irvine International Floors new Quattro homogeneous commercial vinyl range is possibly the most cost effective vinyl flooring in it’s class. Constructed with high quality 2mm thick PVC, and coming in 2 meter wide sheets, this vinyl floor has a fantastic visual appeal and superb colour range.

Cheap commercial vinyl flooring is generally just that, but with Irvine International quattro we have entered an area of the market that answers both a cost effective price point, durability and a smart looking flooring without the disadvantages of a old style cheap vinyl floors.

Low maintenance costs are also an additional benefit with quattro commercial sheet vinyl being constructed with polyurethene reinforce (PUR ) technology for a easy clean floor.

With great stock levels of this commercial vinyl held in New Zealand we can respond to your next flooring requirement at the drop of a hat.

Visit the below link to see full vinyl technical information, or call 0800 367 773 for more information.

http://irvineinternational.co.nz/Commercial_SearchDetails.asp?sid=459

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Wool Carpet or Nylon Carpet?

Wool carpet and nylon carpet have various features and benefits which would be better suited to some installation environments than others. Rather than fixate on what your carpet is made from, we suggest you use the chart on our website (see link  the bottom of this post) to help you prioritise which qualities you require from your new carpet.

If, like most New Zealanders, your home is infiltrated with sunlight and you are concerned about fading, select a premium-quality solution dyed carpet with a guarantee against UV fading. Make sure this is a UV fade warranty and not just a colour fast warranty, as colour fast generally does not cover you against UV fade on your flooring.

If you have allergy sufferers in your household, select a man-made-fibre carpet that is guaranteed not to shed or pill.

If you have children, pets, accident-prone or incontinent household members, select a 100% solution dyed carpet with a 100% solution dyed backing.

If you have underfloor heating, make sure this won’t create problems for the carpet or underlay – and that neither will affect the heating.

If you desire a highly-coloured patterned carpet, select a woven wool/nylon Axminster or printed nylon carpet. Our wool ranges are fantastic for custom colouring  carpets in any pattern or even plain cut pile carpets.

http://www.irvineinternational.co.nz/files/Article-Choosing-Carpet.pdf

Carpet Buying Guide

MAKE SURE THE CARPET YOU PURCHASE HAS THE FOLLOWING

Carpet should be made using a blend of superior quality pigment, Ultra Violet (UV) & heat stabilisers.
NB: Degrees of fade resistance and ability to withstand bleach and water cleaning method is determined by the quality of these additives.
Carpet should be made from premium quality carpet yarn with the maximum number of twists per metre – the more twists = the more stable the yarn and ensures a non-fuzzy finish(PSDN has a minimum of 280 twists per metre).
Carpet should be created with a high tip definition for long-term appearance retention, superior soil-hiding properties and reduced ‘shading’ effect. This is achieved by heat setting the twisted carpet yarn to keep it in its original twist (like a perm).
Carpet should been manufactured with a very high stitch rate. This result in a tighter, denser, more luxurious and resilient carpet. Your flooring should always be easy on the environment. Irvine International Premium Solution Dyed Nylon (PSDN) carpet is manufactured using a one-step spinning and colouring process which uses no water in production and is pollution-free, ie high yields and low scrap.
Has undergone a unique pre-washing process ‘ECO Wash’. This environmentally-friendly step effectively removes the natural lubricating oils used in the carpet manufacturing process and on which microbes can survive.
Solution Dyed Nylon Carpet should have undergone rigorous durability testing to ensure it retains its good looks. An effective test to determine the yarn quality of any carpet, and therefore how well it will wear, is to rub a small section of carpet between your thumb and forefinger for 10-15 seconds. The polymers should not burst and matt together, but rather retain their stability as do all carpets made from PSDN yarn.
PSDN carpet also has a solution dyed backing, which means that the backing also carries the same exceptional qualities as the carpet ie doesn’t absorb moisture, is resistant to mould and mildew, remains odour-free and will not rot or shrink from spot cleaning with bleach & water.
Your new carpet must have a minimum 15 year residential wear warranty (with no more than 10% pile loss over this period). This is further testimony to the carpet resilience.
Carpet Warranty Warning!! Always read the fine print, some carpets offer a 10 or 15 year wear warranty stating you will not lose more than 40% of the carpet fibre over this period, that’s nearly half of the carpet is allowed to wear away and this is still deemed as acceptable. Always read the carpet manufactures FULL warranty information before buying. 

Visit  www.irvineinternational.co.nz  for more information.

What is Solution Dyed Nylon Carpet

As the name suggests, Premium Solution Dyed Nylon Carpet or (PSDN) refers to the premium brand of Solution Dyed Nylon carpet ranges produced for the New Zealand and Pacific Island market by Irvine International Floors.

Solution Dyeing is the method of adding colour to the nylon carpet yarn. It involves the injection of colour pigment into the nylon polymer while it is in a molten state, so that the colour becomes part of the yarn’s molecular structure. Simply put … it’s like a carrot – ie the colour is all the way through. Space or piece dyeing carpet yarn (as in the case of wool carpets and most Nylon Carpet) is like the radish, ie the carpet yarn is a natural colour to begin with and then colour can only be applied to the outside of the yarn, making it susceptible to fading from the UV effects of the sun and at risk of also being removed during stain removal.

In brief the key features of our Premium Solution Dyed Nylon Carpet are:

  • 15 Year Residential Wear Warranty
  • UV Fade Resistant – guaranteed for 7 years
  • Stainproof – harsh stains removed with 50:50 bleach/water
  • 15 year Colour Fast Warranty
  • 4m Wide Rolls = less joins = less wear & tear
  • Solution Dyed Yarn & Backing
  • Superior Resilience – quick recovery from indentations
  • Bulk Continuous Filament (BCF) = won’t shed or pill = anti-allergenic
  • Rot-Proof & Shrink-Proof
  • Very Hard Wearing
  • Excellent Fire Ratings
  • Odourless
  • Excellent Depth & Even Distribution of Colour
  • Easy on Environment – solution dyeing process uses no water
  • Large stock holding of carpet in both Auckland and Christchurch

Visit www.irvineinternational.co.nz  for more information.