Tip: Let Your Pets Help Choose Your Carpet!

Above: Eero carefully inspects a sample of Making Waves – Sky.

My partner Gregory and I are in the process of choosing new FLOR tiles for the living room. We recently ordered some samples and within seconds of placing the 6″ x 6″ squares on the floor, our two cats made a beeline for them, protracted their claws, and started scratch-scratch-scratching. At first we thought this was merely cute annoying cats being cats, but then we had an epiphany.

We already have FLOR carpet tiles in several other places around the home, and these are some of our felines’ favorite spots for sleeping and scratching (they are not alone). As horrifying as it may sound that our cats scratch the carpet, it has never been a problem, as we’ve chosen materials and textures meant for high foot – or paw! – traffic. (We also have designated scratching posts so the cats aren’t solely focused on the material underfoot.)

Well, we actually kind of forgot about this when we ordered the latest batch of samples … until the scratching started, and then it occurred to us what a good idea it is for cat owners to order samples, let the pets have at ‘em, and then check for any wear and tear! Our cats seemed to have the most fun scratching loopy carpet designs, so we’ll avoid those when ordering the real carpet. (Sorry, kitties!) We’ll stick to low pile, durable options.

One thing the cats can’t help us with, though, is color. Stay tuned for next week when I’ll ask your opinion!

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FLOR in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry’s “Smart Home: Green + Wired” Exhibit

We love collaborations, especially when they’re with people or organizations that share some of the same beliefs and philosophies as we do here at FLOR.  Our latest collaboration does just that.  Visitors to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home:  Green + Wired exhibit will be able to experience the latest in sustainable design and living and see FLOR carpet tiles used throughout the house as an eco-friendly flooring solution.  


Exterior shot of MSI's "Smart Home:  Green + Wired" house

Exterior shot of MSI's "Smart Home: Green + Wired" house

The home, which originally opened in May 2008 and recently reopened to the public on March 19, 2009, was designed by Michelle Kaufmann – widely recognized and respected as a leader in green architecture and design.  The three-story, modular structure has all of the comforts one would expect in a home plus added benefits like energy-efficient electrical and water consumption systems and eco-friendly landscaping and living environments.  We were pretty excited when the museum contacted us to contribute carpet tiles for the home and are proud to be part of an exhibit that highlights how green design can be both beautiful and functional.  That philosophy is certainly something we hold near and dear to our collective hearts at FLOR

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should.  Don’t worry – you’ve got time.  The Smart Home:  Green + Wired exhibit, sponsored by ComEd, Dominick’s and the Motorola Foundation, runs through January 3, 2010.  Get tickets and more information at the Museum of Science and Industry.  

To learn more about the FLOR products featured in the Smart Home exhibit, read about them here.









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FLOR Time in the Playroom

Looking for a flooring solution that is soft enough for your kids to roll around on but tough enough to stand up to hours of play?  This FLOR customer found the perfect answer – read below:



My husband and I were looking for a fun, practical way to soften and protect the hardwood floors in our son and daughter’s playroom. We found the precise combination of toughness and style we were looking for in Flor’s Classic Quilt.

We love its bold colors and charming combination of textures and feel great about using a low-VOC, eco-friendly carpet that reflects our commitment to design materials that are safe for our children and better for the planet. And how convenient is it that we can pop the tiles up in the event of spills and finger painting gone awry? Fabulous indeed!

- Laura Radnor, PA

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