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When Speed is of the Essence

With both new build and refurbishment projects facing tight time pressures, our Contract Stock collection provides a fast and efficient solution.

For those projects that don’t have the time to develop a bespoke design, the variety of choice available in our Contract Stock range offers a viable alternative. Better still, with comprehensive stocks already in place, you could be rolling out new carpet on your commercial project sooner than you think!

One of the reasons why Ulster can provide such a fast turnaround is because we control every aspect of our manufacturing process. From sourcing the highest quality wool and spinning and dyeing the yarn through to design and weaving, we manage every step of the process.

Our experience of working on hospitality projects across the world also means we understand the challenges that these projects face. Coupled with our focus on strong customer relationships, this knowledge has allowed us to tailor our carpets to meet the specific needs of projects such as hotels, restaurants, bars and B&Bs through to casinos and cruise ships.

Making it easier to find the essential information that you need, the new dedicated Contract Stock section on our website features clear detail on the suitability of each range for different applications.

This is matched by larger swatches, in-situ images and downloadable brochures and technical specifications to provide you with a comprehensive package of information.

Visit the Contract Stock section of our website and get your next project moving – https://ulstercarpets.com/contract/stock/ 

Pantone Colours of the Year 2021

This year, the global colour authority Pantone has selected two Colours of the Year. The shades – PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating- have been picked as an aspirational colour pairing that conjures deep thoughtfulness and feeling as well as optimism.

Illuminating is characterized by a sunny, yellow vivacity imbued with solar power, while the Ultimate Gray is emblematic of elements both solid and everlasting.

“The selection of two independent colours highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one colour or one person, it’s about more than one,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute.

“The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted, this is essential to the human spirit.”

Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Colour Institute, adds: “The Pantone Colour of the Year reflects what is taking place in our global culture, expressing what people are looking for that colour can hope to answer. As society continues to recognize colour as a critical form of communication, and a way to symbolize thoughts and ideas, many designers and brands are embracing the language of colour to engage and connect.”

Pantone 2021 colours in Design

“Ultimate Gray and Illuminating do not have to be used in equal proportions, the company noted. Either colour can take precedence whether for apparel, furnishings, product design or packaging.” Hotel Management 

Pantone have suggested that Ultimate Gray and Illuminating can work in harmony together to set both an uplifting yet grounded mood in guestrooms or lobbies, adding a much needed dose of hope and positivity.

Writing on behalf of Hotel Designs, brand strategist Emma Potter says, “Hotel interior design is deeper than simply decorating, colour schemes have the ability to cleverly transform and/or evoke emotions and designing with purpose as a whole will result in space that is more functional, more inviting and more appropriate to the guests checking in.”

Colour selection is a critical part of the design process at Ulster Carpets; it helps create depth and breathe life into what has been imagined. With over 650 colours to choose from plus the ability to custom dye to find that elusive shade, Ulster’s creative team can help enhance an interiors designer’s scheme from the floor up.

Examples of designs using greys and yellows from Ulster’s online Design Portal.


Thanks to Ulster’s unique advanced weaving technology we have total design freedom allowing our designers to maximise their colour usage to suit every brief.

Matthew Weaver, a Senior Field Designer at Ulster, says “Adding colour into carpet really brings the floor to life. It can be as simple as choosing a signature colour from the client’s design scheme to unite the carpet with cushions, artwork and wallpaper. Whether it’s a calming soft blue tone in a spa area alongside neutrals or a bold infusion of orange and teal in a restaurant, colour adds value and completes the story.”

Take a look at our projects page to see some examples of our design capabilities.


Contact our team for more information on our custom contract design service or our online archive, Design Portal.