What is Tretford carpet?
The principal component in Tretford carpet is goat hair. The hair used is a by-product of goat farming for the cashmere industry.
The goats' 'guard' or top hair represents pre-consumer recycled content, as this hair would normally be discarded.
How is it produced?
The hair is clipped, hand-picked and sorted and then washed in a solution of mild soap. No chemicals are used or necessary.
The water is sourced from groundwater and rainwater supplies and the waste water at the end of the process can be used, untreated, to irrigate local farmland.
Colour and Dyeing
Three of the 61 colours in the Tretford palette are manufactured using un-dyed goat hair:
- 587 Double Cream
- 512 Dapple Grey
- 538 Silver Birch (a blend of the first two)
No bleach is used in Tretford goat hair prior to dyeing the other colours. This gives the goat hair superior appearance retention and soil-resistance characteristics.
What are the benefits?
- Colour: The high dye uptake of goat hair yields bright and brilliant colours that cannot be achieved and would not perform if created in any other fibre, including wool or nylon.
- Appearance: Unlike wool, goat hair is a very straight fibre which allows Tretford to produce very clean and uniform ribs in their carpet.
- Durability: The hair is incredibly durable and hard wearing, yet feels surprisingly soft to touch and is inherently anti-static. It is one of the toughest natural carpet fibres available, resulting in a product which has a longer life.
- IAQ: Breathable natural fibres are proven to positively affect indoor air quality. In-service VOC emissions (indoor air quality indicators) have been routinely tested and show results below detectable limits.
- Thermal Insulation: Goat hair is a natural insulator, which means when combined with Tretford’s unique construction it creates energy savings.
- Acoustics: Tretford has excellent acoustic properties thanks to its natural fibre content and unique corded construction. Tretford’s NRC (noise reduction coefficient) is 0.21. This compares with typical values of 0.14 for carpet tiles and as low as 0.02 for vinyl composite tile (VCT). Calmer environments are better for concentration and learning, reduce staff and student errors and increase productivity, morale and ultimately, an enterprise’s profitability.