An artform: Karndean’s largest launch ventures into new materials including onyx

Karndean Designflooring is expanding its premium Art Select range and raising the bar for sumptuous interiors with the launch of an extensive collection of wood and stone designs including onyx, ash, marble and Ceppo di Gré.

July sees the introduction of 39 new wood and stone designs, available in a range of contemporary colourways and sizes, including a new slimline plank and a large herringbone size. Inspired by source materials such as marble from Italy’s Apuan Alps and the Greek island of Thassos, Persian onyx, English ash from the Kent Downs and Holm oak from the Basque region of Spain, each new design reproduces the iconic character of the natural material.

‘This collection has been two years in development and is an expression of our commitment to the craft of creating beautiful flooring that our customers will love for a lifetime. The new Art Select collection is our largest ever launch and builds on our offering of timeless classic styles with a modern twist, including designs that are rarely available as flooring in their natural state. Our designers have travelled widely to find unique samples of wood and stone that exhibit the most beautiful features of each natural material, from the iconic veining of marble and onyx to the interesting wood knots and grains of ash and oak. Each design has been painstakingly coloured to complement modern interiors and finished with our unique embossed surface and bevel detailing. The result is a collection that we are rightly very proud of,’ says Fleur Carson, Karndean Designflooring md.

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Italian design is setting the direction of interior trends, with a look that’s sumptuous and sophisticated, featuring luxurious materials and ornate dramatic elements. Making Italian chic an accessible and practical choice for modern living, the new Art Select stone collection includes designs currently taking centre stage in the very latest interior trends.

From the expressive veining of Greek marble and the exclusive beauty of Calacatta marble to the rustic terrazzo style of Ceppo di Gré, 19 new stone designs offer home decorators the opportunity to create immersive spaces that either soothe in cool whites and light greys or introduce a touch of drama with deep charcoal greys and black.

A semi-precious gemstone in the quartz family, often used for decorative panels and accessories, Persian onyx has a delicate patterning and translucent quality. While it is not suitable for flooring in its natural form, Karndean’s designers have captured its pearlescent beauty and transformed it into a practical choice for those looking to create an ethereal and romantic ambience.

Available in a larger 18in x 36in tile with a smooth matte finish that minimises reflection and a rounded bevel to allow the character of each design to shine, Black Onyx, Pearl Onyx and Rose Onyx are floors that will command attention and create a wow factor in any room, perfectly balancing decorative pieces and bold furniture.

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From the high contrast design of English ash, available in four colourways as 4.5in wide stripwood planks, to a selection of characterful limed, washed artisan oak designs in a choice of large 56in x 9in and herringbone 18in x 3in planks, 20 new wood designs offer a unique opportunity to create expressive interiors with warm natural beauty and long-lasting elegance. Featuring either a hand-scraped emboss, which gives the bevelled edge a distressed, undulating appearance, or with pin-sharp definition that traces the wood grain precisely with registered emboss, each design combines exquisite organic beauty with the durability of modern flooring.

Exploring the historic Basque region of Spain, Karndean’s designers were inspired by a sample of 400-year-old Holm oak acquired following necessary woodland management. A symbolic feature in the landscape, the acorns of the Holm oak are a traditional feed for black Iberian pigs, the source of the area’s famed Jamón Ibérico. Back in the design studio, the characteristic dark knots of the oak were muted with a milky wash and the elegant grain emphasised with a lightly scraped and brushed effect. Available in three neutral colourways in a larger 56in x 9in plank and a new 28in x 4.5in herringbone size, Basque Oak, Bellota Oak and Serrano Oak introduce a richly distinctive style to any home.

With all the practical benefits of Karndean flooring, from a waterproof and durable surface that’s easy to clean to comfort underfoot, the new Art Select collection offers the design versatility homeowners want. They can take the same colourway from room to room in different laying patterns, combine areas of wood with adjoining spaces in a stone design, or combine colourways and materials for a truly unique look.

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