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Milliken Unexpected Purpose Carpet Tile

Milliken’s latest carpet tile collection Unexpected Purpose offers both flexibility and creativity whilst also ensuring continuity and durability. Using inventive techniques Milliken’s in-house UK design team has created their first batchless and non-directional collection. This means the carpet is quicker to install, with no need to follow directional arrows on the reverse of the tiles. It also eliminates visible variation between different batches so tiles bought at any time in the future can work with the existing installation. The colour palette is neutral and earthy and the exquisitely subtle biophilic design hints at the shadows of trees; bringing the tranquillity of nature indoors.  

Unexpected Purpose has been designed using advanced tufting technology to allow the pattern to flow stylishly and effortlessly across the floor whilst offering a non-directional, batchless installation system that will offer clients the ultimate in time and cost saving, flexibility and convenience. At the same time, Unexpected Purpose promises the same aesthetic, performance, sustainability and wellbeing attributes expected from all Milliken carpet tile collections.


Because Unexpected Purpose tiles can be installed in any direction, with no need to follow directional arrows or pile direction, installation time is reduced. Non directional installation also cuts down on installation waste: a typical modular carpet installation produces approximately 4% wastage whereas with Unexpected Purpose the wastage can be less than 1%. Unexpected Purpose can therefore be seen as a highly sustainable floorcovering solution; reduced wastage means reduced materials and therefore a reduced environmental footprint. With Unexpected Purpose carpet tiles, the possibility of visible variation between production batches has been eliminated. This facilitates easy replacement of damaged areas and ease of adding new areas.

Unexpected Purpose is produced using high-performance ECONYL yarn with 100% regenerated nylon. Offering the same strength and lifecycle as fibre crafted from virgin polymer, ECONYL fibre is made from a minimum of 50% pre-consumer and 50% post-consumer content reducing resource consumption and waste. Unexpected Purpose features 90% recycled content cushion backing. To further reduce their environmental impact Unexpected Purpose tiles can be supplied with TractionBack for adhesive free installation. Eliminating the need for adhesives, TractionBack improves indoor air quality and reduces materials wastage.

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