Fotosfera – biobased yarn


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Fotosfera is a pioneering carpet tile collection made from a yarn with 63% bio-based content. The key ingredient? Oil from the seeds of the castor bean plants. Fast-growing castor bean plants are rapidly renewable, and grow in hot, dry climates, in sandy loam soil. Hardier than many other crops, they can thrive in land prone to erosion, and only require water once in up to 25 days. The crops are typically harvested twice each season to maximise yield. It is the high oil content of the castor beans which is extracted and then used as the key ingredient in the further processing of the bio-based nylon. This minimises the use of petroleumbased materials in Fotosfera.

Fotosfera consists of two designs – Structured and Micro – both available in eight co-ordinating colourways.

The Fotosfera Structured tile features patterned loop pile, a reliable performer in spaces where castor chairs are used. And with ashlar installation, the broadloom effect is easy to create – allowing flooring design to flow throughout the room.

Fotosfera Micro’s microtuft construction may use less yarn than conventional tufted products, but it’s a proven performer, combining excellent reliability with low environmental impact. Its modern, linear pattern and fresh colouration create a modern feel that enhances all contemporary spaces.

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