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Modular Recycled Carpet Squares

April 06, 2015 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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FLOR Parallel Reality Soda Shoppe 5x7 area rug
My FLOR Carpet squares, in Parallel Reality design, set up in a patchwork pattern.

When I first came across FLOR carpet squares, modular carpet tiles sounded like a really great idea to me - you can mix-n-match different colors and designs to create one-of-a-kind rugs, if one square gets dirty you can lift it up and clean it in the sink or replace it if need be, and when they are worn out you can send them back to the company to be recycled into new carpet tiles. But at the time, I was living in a house that had wall-to-wall carpet in almost every room. So even though I thought they had a cool product, there wasn't really a space that lent itself to trying them out.

In our new house, we were lucky enough to be able to install bamboo flooring throughout before moving in. And although I love the look, we have found that area rugs bring some much needed warmth to our spaces. I typically prefer to purchase rugs made from natural fibers, but I wanted a rug that could stand up to spills and traffic for the kitchen and entry. So I decided now was the perfect time to give FLOR carpet squares a try.

FLOR Recycled Carpet Squares - Made in the USA
Packaging was minimal, this is the box I received from UPS.

FLOR Recycled Carpet Squares - non-skid backing
The non-skid backing, shown in Line, Please design. | What was in the box.

I received them today, and it was super easy to get them all set up. I just placed them in my desired layout, and used the included adhesive dots to secure each carpet square to the bordering squares. The quality of the carpet squares seem very good. They are heavy with a non-skid backing and the pile looks very uniform, full and free from snags etc. They look like they will be very durable. And so far they have fit together so snug that the rugs almost look seamless.

FLOR Dots
The yellow adhesive "dots" used to secure the squares together.

I ordered the multi-colored wide stripe Parallel Reality in the Soda Shoppe area rug which was perfect for creating a fun and colorful centerpiece in our kitchen. And the Line, Please in Cayenne, which has very thin stripes, and worked well for creating a more subtle patchwork pattern in our entry. And I'm very impressed with the design, feel under foot and the overall quality so far.

Since I was opting for an easier to maintain nylon for high traffic areas, I wanted to make sure that it was eco-friendly. Both the Parallel Reality and the Line, Please carpet squares are made in the USA and are made from recycled fibers - 100% for Parallel Reality and 49% for Line, Please. And as I mentioned, once they are worn out you can send them back to FLOR to be recycled. All you have to do is contact them with the number of squares you will be sending, and they email you a prepaid UPS label. This is a huge bonus, to me, to know that they will not just end up in a landfill at the end of their life.

FLOR Carpet Squares in Horizontal Pattern
I ended up going with a horizontal pattern for the final layout.

Based on what I've seen so far, I'm hopeful that these will look nice for quite a while. And based on how easy they were to set up, I am even considering using FLOR carpet squares in a wall-to-wall installation in our basement living space...stay tuned.

Have you installed FLOR carpet squares in your house?  What do you think of them?