This is awards season in Hollywood. As celebrities walk the red carpet to claim honors for their performances, consider which path your clients will tread to enhancing the performance of their buildings. We found five textiles and carpets—from a rug made out of reclaimed rope to upholstery composed of two yarns that absorb the same dye differently—to line their way to sustainable design.

Nietos, Anna Palomaa and Katriina Nuutinen
Rather than being woven or threaded, this carpet made from reclaimed sailing rope is knotted using a macramé technique, which results in a lattice-like web. Nietos, from Finnish designers Anna Palomaa and Katriina Nuutinen, comprises polyester wool rope with the ability to handle constant humidity and high traffic indoors and in covered outdoor spaces.

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Design Catalyst, Patcraft
Subdued patterns and neutral colorways are standby characteristics of contract flooring. In Design Catalyst, a carpet tile collection by Patcraft, those concepts receive a sustainable upgrade. Made from 44.4% recycled content—32.9% pre- and 11.9% post-consumer—the solution-dyed series can be recycled at the end of its life. The series is made from the company’s Eco Solution Q type-6 nylon, which is Cradle to Cradle certified, and it is offered in three patterns, Enflection (shown), Enverse, and Enform.


Commuter Cloth, Knoll Textiles
If your first thought upon hearing the name of this upholstery from Knoll Textiles’ Midtown Collection harkens to stained subway and bus seats, think again. Commuter Cloth is made of two distinct materials whose fibers absorb the same dye differently to each take on a unique tone, resulting in a monochromatic effect when woven together. Made from 75% post-consumer recycled polyester, this high-performance fabric surpasses 70,000 double rubs on the Wyzenbeek scale. Thirteen colorways are available, including Clementine (shown).


Monolith, Bentley
Bentley translates the geometric pattern of connected streets on a map to this architectural floor covering. The Monolith Collection is the product of the Los Angeles carpet manufacturer’s fourth collaboration with New York studio Clodagh Design. It is Cradle to Cradle Silver certified, Green Label Plus certified, and NSF-140 Platinum certified. The collection’s two patterns—Morro (shown) and Uluru, each available in loop and shear construction—reflect the strength and harmony of the colossal formations after which they are named, Bentley says.


HalfTone, Tandus
As a modular contract flooring system with linear striations that can help connect or separate the myriad work zones in open-plan work environments, HalfTone from Tandus contains 90%-solution-dyed nylon fibers and can be used with a number of the company’s NSF-140-certified backings and cushions. Among the options are the ER3 Modular Backing and the Powerboard Ethos Cushion, which both are NSF-140 Platinum certified and contain 20% post-consumer recycled content and 37% post-consumer recycled content, respectively.


This article has been updated from its original publication.