70s house style — new chenille carpet squares by FLOR

carpet for a 70s houseLast week, we got wind of FLOR’s latest line of colorful carpet tiles, and we like ’em! The new Chenille Charade FLOR carpet tiles seems to channel that 70s house: Check out the sculpted pattern — which seems to copy vintage towels…. And how about the earthy colors — including avocado, harvest orange and even flash-in-the-pan poppy. If you’re in the midst of putting together a 70s style interior — or simply want to add a bit of 70s house vibe underfoot — these new carpet squares might be just what you’ve been searching for.

70s house styleBy now many folks have probably heard of FLOR — a company that makes carpet tiles that can be joined together with “Flor dots” and made into a custom area rug — or even installed as wall to wall carpeting.  As I type this, there are 5 different styles of FLOR tile in my home — in orange, deep teal, lime green, yellow and red. The wide range of colors and styles that FLOR offers is great for mid century and retro decorators — since they have nearly every color in the rainbow available.

Above: FLOR is calling this color “Charade Kiwi.” Here at Retro Renovation, we would say: “Avocado Green by any other name would look as sweet.”

vintage towelAbove: Pam added this photo of one of her 1970s vintage Fieldcrest towels. It’s a lighter shade of avocado, a different jacquard chenille, but the family resemblance seems undeniable. (Aside: Vintage towels are our the best bath towels for the money, we believe. To find them: Shop for them on etsy.com, and head straight for the linen closet at estate sales.)

Chenille FLOR tiles 1970s colorsFrom the product description:

Raised plush softness evokes a cottage coverlet… all vintage. But bold contrast etched through vivid hues keeps things contemporary. An instant heirloom. This style features a random pattern designed to vary from square to square, so patterns will not always align. Each tile is unique, not all variations may be shown in photography.

Chenille FLOR tiles 1970s colorschenille-charade_azure_sw

Above: Azure Chenille Charade — channels Bitossi Rimini Blu — our 2012 Retro Renovation color of the year.

1970s house harvest goldharvest goldAbove: Chenille Charade Maize — looks to us like a good proxy for 1970s harvest gold.

1970s house poppy rugpoppyAbove: Chenille Charade Tangerine — the failed  “Poppy” is baaaack!

antique red carpetantique redAbove: Chenille Charade Persimmon. Aka Antique red, albeit perhaps more vibrant than the original.

area rug graygray area rugAbove: Chenille Charade Frost. Hey, real grey, not greige!

This new style of FLOR tile $20 for a 19.7 inch x 19.7 inch square ($7.44 per sq. ft.) and is rated for high traffic areas. FLOR has a wide range of styles that range in price from $8/square to $40/square. If you live with messy kids, pets or other spill prone people these tiles could be the perfect solution because single tiles can be pulled up and cleaned in the kitchen sink — or if the stain is particularly bad — replaced without having to worry about replacing an entire, expensive area rug due to one stubborn stain or the family dog chewing on one corner. Colors and styles can be easily mixed and matched to create eye popping custom patterns. FLOR also has a recycling program, so if you ever tire of your tiles or they wear out, you can call the company, get a prepaid shipping label and send them back for recycling.

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  1. Vince says

    I love it! the patterns, the colours, everything! I always liked the look of sculpted carpet. I also like the idea of carpet tiles… very easy to install!

  2. Sarah says

    I loooooove my FLOR tiles! They solved a multitude of flooring problems for me and work fantastic on stair treads. Get them cut in half, toss them on the stair. Voila! They stick just enough to not slip but can be picked up and shaken out or rinsed off. Brilliant product. I’m seeing the future for my bare living room and dining room floors up above.

  3. Jay says

    Cottage coverlet my hind foot. They are definately channeling the 70s, all that’s missing is some French Provincial or Medtierainian style furniture. Yes, I like the avocado green. The pattern would be appropriate for my basement, I have a brick wall like the one pictured. This would be a good replacement for the multi toned shag I pulled up. The VAT (“A” as in asbestos) that was hiding below looks awlful, splattered with paint, stain and plaster smears from when the basement was given its 70s vibe.

  4. Annie B. says

    This is luscious stuff, Kate. Carpet squares would so suit my messy life. I think they’d be great covering the floor of a pink bathroom.

    I have to say that the side table in photo #1 is one incredibly unique piece. Those legs are alive!

  5. says

    Oh yay!! Love these! I get all jittery whenever something late 60s/early 70s style is featured on here :) Our 1970 ranch has a house full of original harvest gold groovy carpet, overall in pretty decent shape but the master bedroom and hallway are icky with cigarette burns, etc… blech. We lucked up on enough tongue & groove wood flooring to do the bedroom (for $20, squeal!) but I have come to really love having carpet since living here. So I’m thinking some of these fabulous FLOR tiles would be a perfect solution as a huge area rug on top of the wood floor!

  6. Frank says

    These look bvery nice, I never heard of them before. Ill check them out. They might be perfect for our house.

  7. Lauryn says

    Wow. I am not a big fan of carpet and I live in a cottage style house from 1939, but I am really, really digging these. Love the idea of tiles (my beloved cat and her hairballs are probably part of why I don’t usually like carpet) and my aging dog could use a break from the gripless wood floors. I love how rich the textures are and, of course, the colors. Anyone have any thoughts to how these might look in an older home?

  8. Robin, NV says

    Does anyone else think the green carpet would look fab in a tiki inspired room? Heck, the blue and the gold would work too.

    LOVE the gold colored one.

  9. says

    Those are great! We too have FLOR, a set we had in the living room in our condo that hasn’t been repurposed in our ranch yet, and a set we have in our current living room… after getting a fancy plush light-colored retro rug for the living room, we realized we are apparently not the people for “fancy” and “light-colored” rugs. So we moved it to a less trafficked room and put down FLOR as an area rug instead. So user-friendly and adds a nice clean touch but still feels a bit retro.

    We’re not doing the 70s thing in our home but these patterns are really awesome!

  10. tammyCA says

    I only heard of these the other day when somebody mentioned them on the DD post. Sounds great & easy to clean for my house where I have to have a rug under the coffee table…the one the dog goes straight for when she throws up!
    And, I really like the sculptural effect. I do buy vintage towels for that look & unusual colors and because they hold up longer than new.

  11. Scott says

    I have to admit I’m a ‘lil impressed. Flor has certainly come a long way from its original offerings. You could really cook up a nice mid ’60s Hollywood Regency look with some of these colors as well.

    A large area would probably get expensive fast, but that being said, having the product made in the USA takes alot of the sting out of the price, at least for me personally.

  12. Kelly says

    Thank YOU and thank you FLOR! Thanks to this website, I have found several products to use while renovating our 1973 ranch home in NorCal. Luckily didn’t need much, but flooring was the big design challenge. There is not much out there for this era. Perfect solution for our den!

  13. nina462 says

    Luscious! I’d buy in a heartbeat, if kitty wouldn’t think carpeting was a fancy bathroom. Until then, it’s hardwood floors with no carpet for us.

  14. says

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Have been looking for an area rug for our entry, and there’s little to choose from in the odd dimensions we need. This may be perfect–and you know we love us some 70s style. :-)

  15. Dawn says

    I love carpet tiles, but most people don’t realize that there are many many other options than just Flor. Carpet tiles have historically been a commercial product, and Flor is Mohawk’s residential line. There are more options if u start looking at commercial lines, which are no different. I bought our tiles from icarpetiles.com and they have so many color and pattern options it’s unbelievable. And they are all discounted so their prices are more like $2/ft vs the $9+/ft Flor tries to gauge it’s residential customers on. Same product, cheaper prices. Don’t pay them out the nose and eventually they will lower their prices so their product is more readily available to the average consumer.

    • Rayna says

      THANK YOU for mentioning icarpettiles.com. We have been searching for a more affordable option. This is FANTASTIC!

      • says

        Flor is actually a subsidiary of Interface. They’re a great company that has been doing carpet tile for quite some time and as a commercial interior designer, we use them all the time. The one thing I would mention with FLOR tiles is that they are not really designed to go down as area rugs over an already carpeted floor — the dots won’t keep it together. I’ve also heard of people using duct tape to hold their carpet tiles together and this can ruin the flooring below your area rug. I just put in an order for Flor last week and can’t wait to get it put together in our house. I’m doing two runners and one area rug and can’t wait! Cheers – CT

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