why we love tretford?

why we love tretford?
The more things change – the more we look for the comfort of constant … And yes … tretford is always the same – beautiful natural goat hair with 48 superb classic colours (some have been around longer than most of us!!) … and we love that … BUT …

welcome to the flip side.
You see, tretford Tile still gives you the comfort of all your favourite colours but now with an 80% recycled post-consumer felt backing! Introducing: Tretford ‘INTERLIFE’ Tile… a truly healthy carpet tile – MORE sustainable than before.

We’re celebrating 100 Years in 2020

australian business since 1920.

celebrating 100 years.

How many truly Australian born companies do you know in the architectural flooring space? How many of those are 100 years old? In 2020, Gibbon Group has reached this milestone and we’re celebrating 100 years of relationships and synergies. Join us, if you will, as we indulge in a bit of our proud heritage.

relationships & synergies.

100 years and five generations of the Gibbon family have resulted in the Gibbon Group of today – a national wholesale distributor of best-in-category commercial carpets, along with superior flooring installation accessories for the flooring trade. Gibbon Group is proud to be Australian-owned, managed by Ainsley Gibbon, 4th generation, with her two daughters Georgia and Celia also actively involved in the business.

Read our full story here


it’s time to celebrate.

Calling designers and architects! To celebrate our new and long standing connections, we are offering you a further 10% off your already discounted rate to purchase a custom tretford rug for your own home or office.

terms and conditions apply *

Contact us for a quote

* Terms & Conditions: Valid until 15th December 2020 | Designers & Architects personal and own office use only | Not valid for project specification work | Rug(s) must be ordered before the 15th December 2020 | Loose laid rugs only | Direct customer invoicing only | Full payment required prior to production | Subject to Gibbon Group standard terms and conditions. View our privacy policy.

Watercolour Inspired Fluid&

watercolour inspired.

fluid& carpet design

Fluid&, the newest addition to the coordinated &collection, is a mind-blowing carpet tile range that brings a bold splash of colour, elevating the look of commercial spaces in many ways.

___ 01 fluid& inspiration

perfectly imperfect.

Fluid& is inspired by the organic, free-flowing aesthetic of adding paint to water. It reflects natural fluidity and rejects any need for flawless precision. In fact, it embraces the opposite: Fluid& is perfectly imperfect in its approach to pattern.


___ 02 fluid& colour

luscious colours.

The colour palette of Fluid& includes luscious tones of ochre, grey, blues, rust and greys. Harmonising beautifully with all products in the &collection; the colour, pattern, and textures of Fluid& can be used alongside the subtle linear texture of Fashion& or the vintage velvet look of Velvet& for a tone on tone effect.

#ochre #green #blues #rust #greys

___ 03 fluid& technology

technological synergies.

Utilising in-house, high-resolution print technology onto engineered polyamide yarn, the striking print of fluid& is a premium example of modulyss’ design identity and the technological synergies of the manufacturer.

“reject flawless precision & embrace the perfectly imperfect.”

___ 04 fluid& pattern


biophilic timeless elegance.

With a flowing pattern that’s forever elegant, Fluid& offers new creative possibilities to commercial interiors. Whether you want to add extra depth to mix&match layouts, or use this powerful design on its own, Fluid& is ready and waiting for your next project.

___ 05 fluid& in 3D

the mesmerising 3D effect of fluid&.

Fluid& has a 3D effect that is created thanks to the dull/bright mix in textured loop, combined with the organic tip sheared velours design.

6 fashion inspired carpet themes

design away with fashion&: a timeless base with 6 fashion inspired themes

Fashion& uses the power of colour upon a timeless base for a look that adds personality to any space. With its linear texture, subtle shine and 36 rich colourways, Fashion& brings a carpet tile for every style. Working as the perfect tonal base to the beginning of a powerful layout, or as a free-form expression of colour in bold blocking, Fashion& lets you pick your own flooring style.

___ 01 pop

for the bold of spirit.

The bright and brave tones of Pop are sure to bring the punch and vibrancy to amaze.

___ 02 scandi

representing soft minimalism.

The calming pastel hues of Scandi showcase
a more subtle side, representing soft minimalism
and setting a sophisticated textural base for
elegant interiors.
#subtle #calming #softnaturals #minimalistic #duskypastels

___ 03 new luxury

indulge in new luxury.

Indulge in New Luxury, presenting an honest opulence in gold, aqua and navy that are at the edge of contemporary.

colours that never lose their verve!

___ 04 retro


confidence-boosting tones.

Choose for colours that never lose their verve with the confidence-boosting tones of yellow, orange and brown of Retro.

___ 05 new natural

the captivating beauty of the natural world.

New Natural resets and revives with its deep and absorbing greens and blues, inspired by the captivating beauty of the natural world.

___ 06 grey

a sense of calm reflection.

For those looking for a sleek finish, the exclusive silver tones of Grey imbue a sense of calm reflection.

tretford carpet supports life on the water

The event:

“Victoria Amazonica is a work commissioned by the NGV for the NGV Triennial”, says Ewan McEoin, Senior Curator Design and Architecture. The work is a collaboration between internationally acclaimed furniture designers from Brazil, artists from Larapinta Valley Town Camp, and Alice Springs-based designer Elliat Rich.

The concept:

Victoria Amazonica 2017 was based initially on a sketch Humberto Campana made in Alice Springs of a giant South American lily. This exuberant, large-scale soft domed structure features intricate embroidery by the Yarrenyty Arltere Artists that tells stories of rain, rivers and water.
Gibbon Group’s design team produced a handmade tretford rug to support the structure created by Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana in collaboration with Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, designers Elliat Rich and James Young and the Centre for Appropriate Technology – all based in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

“The colours of the forrest reflected in tretford Lichen’s natural heathered green and golden yellow fibres.”

The design solution:

Humberto Campana (Designer) explained, “The idea is to work with the tradition here in Australian with the indigenous people and to create patterns with the nylon nets. Bring the tradition of the flora of the Brazilian forest; the Victoria Regia plant, the water plants, and to make a pavilion inspired in this.”
“We are so proud to see all these people here in Melbourne to see what work we are doing. We did a good job with our hands and we sowed everyday. When we walk into the art centre we’d just sew,” says Marlene Rubuntja (Artist – Yarrenyty Art).

“…when people walk inside they will see this kind of kaleidoscope of stories about water …”

Elliat Rich (Production Designer) suggests, “The idea that flows through all of it is this idea that water and our relationship to water across in Sao Paolo but also in Central Australia and how we have very different relationships to water, so when people walk inside they will see this kind of kaleidoscope of stories about water … and not, here is a river … here is a lake … but really the way that water flows through and brings the country and Central Australia to life.”
Watch how this amazing project came together in the video at NGV website.

Designer Justine unravels the Delight collection

“Hi Justine, as a way of introduction, can you tell us a little about yourself?”

I’m Justine Huysman, and I’ve been working as a product designer at modulyss for about 5 years. Previously, I studied textile design at the LUCA School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium. My job entails a lot of creativity, trend-watching and innovativeness. I thoroughly enjoy the process of translating creativity into carpet tiles and often take my inspiration from current trends found in daily life. For each collection, we look for a different approach to designing and always create a new concept. The main challenge during our design process lies in finding the sweet spot between creative freedom and the achievement of technical specifications in order to develop a high-performance carpet tile.

“What inspired you to design the Delight collection?”

Delight is our sophisticated response to the mixed metallic trend. Mixing metals by combining deep colours and different textures and metallic finishes, has been an edgy interior and fashion trend for some time. Recently, we have noticed that the line between residential and commercial spaces is becoming blurred. That’s why we wanted to respond to this trend with a new collection. However, in contrast to the bold presence of metallic shine in interiors, we translated it into a subtle gloss that gives the Delight collection a timeless and luxurious character. Read all about the mixed metallic trend here.

“Delight is our sophisticated response to the mixed metallic trend.”

“How is the metallic effect in the carpet tiles created?”

We experimented with dull and glossy yarns to create a sophisticated shine. The combination of both types of yarn allowed us to represent the metallic effect subtly and more alluringly. Our plan was to do this for several products, each having its own look. The 5 designs are tied together by their similar colour palette and different but compatible textures, which also allows them to be mixed & matched, one of the strengths of our collections.
Blaze was inspired by the digital pixel rain. It combines the minimal design of a minituft with a subtle shine and an irregular yarn pattern. We really wanted to add a minituft to the Delight range because it’s one of modulyss’ signature designs.
Dusk and Dawn have the most expressive drawings. Both feature a multi-layer effect that only reveals the metallic shine randomly, in different spots and only after a few layers. Dusk translates this effect into a geometric structure that is reminiscent of the aging process of materials like peeling paint. Dawn, on the other hand, has a more organic marble look.
Inspired by the lush and luxurious residential carpets, Gleam offers a rich and dense carpet tile. It invites you to take off your shoes and feel its softness. When you walk on it, the long piles lie in different directions, providing a deep texture and a colour-changing effect that we love. By adding black yarns to the dull and glossy yarns, we created an even more intense and aged colour effect.
For the Spark collection, we started with a layer of colour and put a subtle metallic effect on top. It’s the perfect substitute for the Metallic collection, but transcends it in its elegance. The colour palette allows you to go for a tone-on-tone look, or to create a bold colour combination.

“Can you tell us something about the colour palette?”

Metallic chic is all about rich and deep colours. For Delight, we based our colour palette on the main metallic hues like gold, copper, silver and rose gold, to which we added rich and trending colours. From the start of our design process, we kept in mind that the 5 products should be mixed & matched. That’s why we designed them in similar colours. Fun fact: when you arrange the sample folders below one another, you can clearly notice the parallel colour palette.

“Why are Dusk and Dawn divided into a matt and bright version?”

We wanted to give creative freedom to architects and designers. The matt version has a minimum share of glossy yarns, and the bright version has a minimum share of dull yarns. This allows designers to combine them, but also to use them separately without losing the metallic effect. By mixing both versions, you can create a lot of depth with just one colour or one design.

“How do you envision this collection being used in a project?”

Thanks to the diversity in designs and the unifying colour palette, we’re looking forward to seeing how designers and architects will use their creativity in mixing & matching the 5 designs. Ultimately, we imagine them being combined in one building.
Check out the Delight collection of carpet ranges below …