Making waves

Flooring made from recycled fishnets is becoming a new design feature in Cayman.

Innovative flooring inspired by the colors, movements and textures of the world’s oceans is making a splash in Cayman.

The striking modular carpeting not only makes an eye-catching design statement but is also socially responsible, using recycled discarded fishing nets that are turned into nylon yarn for carpets.

The product is made by Interface, one of the world’s largest carpet manufacturers. The company partnered with the Zoological Society of London for the recycling initiative, called Net-Works.

Launched in 2012, the program is being carried out in the Philippines, with plans to expand to other regions. It provides a source of income for small fishing villages while clearing the beaches and waters of discarded fishing nets that threaten their livelihood. The United Nations estimates that up to 10 percent of the trash that collects in the oceans is comprised of this debris.

The collected nets are sold to Aquafil, which, in turn, converts them into yarn for Interface’s Net-Effect carpet tile system.


“The whole look is based around the ocean,” says Randy Stafford, owner of Stafford Flooring in Governors Square. “It simulates the waves, colors and foam of the ocean from the deep to the shore. You’re able to create textures and height differences to give what looks like a water effect – and what more perfect place than on an island to bring the sand and sea indoors.”

The elegant and eco-friendly carpet spans from the black and gray hues of the North Sea to the blues of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. There are also sand and driftwood palettes.

The tiles can be arranged to create various designs, such as grouping several textures to depict the moment when the sea foams onto the shore. The patterns also flood the floor with color and the impression of movement.

The modular carpeting has been used commercially in Cayman, but it also has residential applications.

Net-Effects employs a glue-free installation system, and individual tiles are easy to replace.