The industrial revolution inspires Newhey Carpets

Newhey Carpets teamed up with German interior design company Raum Concept to design a unique collection of carpets for the Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel reflecting the significant industrial trade history in Lancashire. With the creative inspiration driven by textures, shapes and history, the process began with the production of a sample of Colortec technology utilising 80/20% wool nylon blends with exquisite twist, velvet and stipple yarns.

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The 19th century saw the start of the industrial revolution and a boom in the textile industry, which saw Manchester begin to expand at an astonishing rate. Currently modern technology has replaced this traditional craft. The renovation at the Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel showcases these memories in guestroom corridors, standard guest rooms and suites, Tudor rooms (meeting rooms), the ballroom and lobbies.

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Colortec+ is an advanced type of high speed patterned tufting technology, providing the ability to specify more complex designs which are not usually associated with tufted carpets. The hotel corridor design used circular shapes lined next to each other like a string of pearls to symbolise motion. Also, a variety of circles big and small, added a dynamic feel to a functional space.

Maintaining a consistent theme the guestrooms also use circular patterns. However, the design multiplies and develops into a double helix form, consisting of tiny individual particles, varying in dimension and volume, which glide and lead guests though the room to emphasise the most important features of the sleeping zone, work space and living area. The colour was selected based on design and architectural details. Some circles included accents in orange to breathe more life and to give the room a bold feel.

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Twist, velvet and stipple yarns were selected for the hotel’s restaurant and bar rugs with distinctive lines, patterns and colours providing lavish definition and texture to the interiors. Creative combinations of different yarns and a vast array of colour not only created stunning 3D effects, but also helped to recreate the merit of traditional methods and designs. Uli Franzmann, General Manager at Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel commented: “The new carpets are a real talking point for guests and are completely in tune with the theme”.

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To finish the hotel’s complete renovation, murals of historic buildings are displayed on the walls throughout and in the guestrooms lamps have cones of carefully selected yarn on the shades.


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About Alys Bryan

Alys' experience as a furniture designer, along with her in-depth marketing knowledge, makes her uniquely placed to work with the BCFA as the Editor of Design Insider and run her marketing business, Method Communications.
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