USA: Outdoor Carpets: Outdoor Carpet Manufacturers
ABOUT OUTDOOR CARPETS
Although outdoor carpets can be made from natural fiber, such as jute or hessian, the overwhelming majority are made from a synthetic polypropylene material such as Olefin. There are three main forms of construction for outdoor carpet: grass, needle punch, and loop. Grass outdoor carpet has a grass look, similar to Astroturf. In addition to green, it is available in a range of colors, including bright blue for poolside or marine use. Needle punch and loop outdoor carpet is made in the same way as indoor carpet and has a similar appearance, but being 100% polypropylene is entirely impervious to weather.
Outdoor carpeting is available in a wide range of colors and patterns. It can be cleaned by thorough brooming, by hosing, or by scrubbing.
CHOOSING THE BEST TYPE
The first consideration is whether you want something that will look like grass, or something that will look like carpet. In other words, do you want to imitate nature, or bring the interior look to an outdoor patio or deck?
Outdoor grass-like carpet, sometimes known as Landscape Carpet, is widely used for artificial sports surfaces in schools, colleges, and sports clubs. It can also be used to make an artificial putting green to play golf in your yard, or to fill a space in a back yard. Some types are designed to be glued down; others are designed to be laid over sand. Some types incorporate a cushioned foam backing.
It is normally made of Olefin fiber, which is highly resistant to damp and to ultra-violet radiation. It is available in 6ft and 12ft widths, with a one year outdoor fade/wear warranty. A wide range of colors is available, including light and dark green, brown, grey and even bright or dark blue. The blue colors are designed for use with swimming pools. In general we would advise using darker or muted colors; the bright colors look very artificial indeed.
Outdoor needle punch carpet is also made of Olefin fiber, but has the look of indoor carpet rather than grass. The surface is of irregular carpet-like loops. and the available colors include brown, red, green, blue, and beige. Outdoor loop carpets are similar, being also made from Olefin fiber, but with a tighter loop giving a much smoother finish.
For deck or patio an alternative to overall carpet is an outdoor rug. These are available in a wide range of colors and designs, traditional and contemporary.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS
The following leading manufacturers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, colours and materials, and care and maintenance.
Owen Carpet. Owen Carpet Inc. retails carpet, including carpet for outdoors, from its base in Dalton, Georgia - known as the carpet capital of the world. Its outdoor range comprises: three Grass Carpet collections, three Outdoor Needle Punch Carpet collections, and seven Outdoor Loop Carpet collections. The outdoor Grass Carpets are made from 100% High UV BCF Olefin Fiber, in 6' and 12' widths. Color options include: Lawn Green, Ivy, Brown Tan, Almond, Marina Blue, Graystone, and Emerald. A 1 year fade and wear warranty is given for indoor and outdoor use. Owen Carpet is based in Dalton, Georgia, and has been selling carpet including since 1974. It is now one of the largest wholesale flooring outlets in the USA, shipping orders across the USA from its 50,000 square foot showroom and warehouse in Dalton.
Shaw. Shaw, based in Dalton, Georgia, is one of the world's leading carpet manufacturers with more than 30,000 employees and $5bn sales. It offers an outdoor range of 74 carpets, manufactured from 100% olefin, with polypropylene backing, of which 50 are commercial and 24 are residential. They are available in the following color families: Beiges, Blues, Browns, Golds, Grays, Greens, Oranges, and Reds. The Shaw website includes a room simulator, enabling the user to superimpose any carpet design or color onto a room photograph with a single click. Shaw started in 1946 as the Star Dye Company, a small business that dyed tufted scatter rugs. In 1958 Shaw expanded into finishing carpet. In 1967 it merged with the Philadelphia Carpet Company, which had been founded in 1846. By 1985 Shaw had grown its annual carpet sales to over $500m.
Hayneedle: Outdoor Rugs. Hayneedle, based in Omaha, Nebraska, was previously known as Netshops. It is an umbrella website containing more than 200 specialty online stores, one of which covers Outdoor Rugs. Hayneedle's outdoor rugs are suitable for use on patios and decking, and may also be used in rooms which open to the outside. Sizes range from 3ft by 5ft up to 9ft by 12ft or larger. The numerous choices of color include Black & White, Black/Grey, Blue, Brown, Earth Tone, Green, and Green & Brown. Styles include Braided Rugs, Traditional Rugs, Transitional Rugs, Contemporary Rugs, Animal Prints, Botanical & Floral, and Casual.
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