I’m reviewing what new in various flooring alternatives and finding some new possibilities to consider for your retro style kitchens, living rooms, hallways and more. I am really pleased to have discovered this Tarkett Fiber Floor, the Antonia design, available in Taupe Brown or Navy. It’s a resilient sheet flooring — really easy on the feet, super easy to keep clean, likely among your least expensive choices — and hurray: this Persian or Moroccan (?) or Moorish (?) tile design an authentic choice for mid century interiors, especially from the early 1960s onward.
Here’s just one reference photo — from a post I did showing some 1968 home interior designs. Obviously, this is wall tile – but you saw this stuff even more frequently on floors, I’ll hazard.
And look at this beauteousness: A bunch NOS rolls of 1960s or 1970s resilient sheet flooring (there are more styles if you click through to the post) spotted by Alison at a salvage place in Seattle. As you can tell, I have a thing for Persian tile flooring – I love it. I’ll keep an eye out, among my marketing materials, for shots of this flooring in place – especially as resilient sheet. I know I’ve seen it.
Back to the Tarkett Antonia flooring, another thing that would lead me to consider this floor is the applause it earned from Consumer Digest in 2010. Here are some excerpts from Tarkett’s news release, which also provides additional details on the floor’s construction:
The Tarkett Residential FiberFloor® Easy Living™ Collection has earned a prestigious Best Buy rating from Consumers Digest magazine in its recent “Best Buys in Flooring” issue. The publication reports that on average the Consumers Digest Best Buy rating is awarded to less than three percent of the competing models in any given product category. In earning its designation in the Best Buy – Economy flooring selection, the editors noted that “You would have to pay more than double the price to get as many color choices as Tarkett’s Easy Living line offers. The line’s three collections – Classic, Fun and Fashion – have the most varied selection of vinyl designs that we?ve seen.”
They also highlighted the collection’s durability: “It’s also built using the company’s FiberFloor five-layer system, which includes a combination of resilient layers, woven fiberglass (to keep the floor from expanding and contracting) and foam (for added comfort).”
Tarkett adds: “Smart homeowners are discovering that today?s fiber-backed resilient sheet flooring products aren?t their grandmother’s vinyl. The latest options, like FiberFloor, offer incomparable design, style and durability – at a price that doesn?t break their budget. These floors look great every day and resist scuffs, scratches, indentations and even water.”
Tarkett’s TechniCore™ foam layer is the key factor contributing to FiberFloor’s performance and quality. This uniform foam layer provides consistency in the size and shape of foam layer cells. Using a unique manufacturing process, foam is tightly and uniformly constructed to provide exceptional protection against indentation and instability across the floor.
Tarkett backs its superior performance on all FiberFloor products with long-life warranties that ensure the floor retains its attractive appearance for many years to come. The FiberFloor lines provide 10-year, 15-year and lifetime warranties.
Editor’s note: The BEST BUY SEAL is a registered trademark of Consumers Digest Communications, LLC, used under license.
On the issue of “This is not your grandmother’s vinyl flooring”, I’d say that in the 1970s — and I washed our vinyl floor every Saturday morning — the floors were pretty darn resistant to ground in dirt and the like. But, the rigors of 5 active children did take their toll after about 10 years, and the floor really needed to be replaced. Would today’s vinyl sheet perform better? I can’t say… I’m gonna predict: Yes. As regards to your grandma’s VCT floor tiles — Ain’t nothing gonna outlast that stuff! Reminder, though: Get expert advice on what’s in your original / old flooring — or if you are going to use salvaged or new-old-stock vinyl flooring. That nasty asbestos can be lingering in the tile, in the the floor, in the backing… gosh knows where…. Consult with a pro to know what you are living with and to make informed choices.