Mohawk Commercial Carpet Group is significantly increasing its commitment to technology that produces highly realistic carpet samples printed on paper. The approach, pioneered by the Tricycle Inc. of Chattanooga, Tenn., greatly reduces the cost and environmental impact of producing samples. Mohawk, which has been using the technique for its Lees division, now plans to expand its deal with Tricycle to cover all Mohawk Commercial brands.

In addition to continuing to work with Lees, the Mohawk Commercial Group will begin to incorporate Tricycle's simulation and interactive web programs into Karastan Contract, Mohawk Commercial, Durkan Commercial, Merit, Bigelow and Mohawk Aviation. "By implementing Tricycle services across all Mohawk Commercial brands, we are opening doors for the company internally and externally," said Allen Parker, vp of custom development for Mohawk. "Internally we realize significantly increased integration of our design groups among brands, bringing the strengths of each brand into every Mohawk commercial product. Externally, we are expanding and enabling all of Mohawk's custom programs to deliver what architects and interior designers want fast, accurate samples that free them to explore design options and select the floor covering they want, without long wait times."