The Versatility of Vinyl

Do you need a textile that is both appealing and durable? Something that looks nice in all its forms and also can hold up to the wear and tear of your hotel, and it’s many demands? Then look no further than vinyl.

Vinyl is a versatile and durable material that can easily outlast even the strongest of fabrics.

What Can Vinyl Be Used For?

Vinyl is a great choice for areas where there is a lot of potential for wear and tear, such as hotels.

Vinyl can be used for upholstery, headboards, sofas, desk chairs, benches, dining chairs and much much more. That’s what makes vinyl so great. It’s a versatile long lasting textile that can be used to beautify a hotel lobby or restaurant foyer.

What is Vinyl?


Vinyl is a form of textile that sometimes can look and feel like leather. Since it is comprised of plastics, it is resistant to both moisture and humidity.

Here at PierPoint, we have two different kinds of material that we use to produce our vinyl. We have PU and PVC vinyl.

Polyurethane (PU) looks and feels like leather, without having been made from an animal. It also moves and wrinkles like leather, when tufted or folded.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is a resilient plastic that is made from PVC resin.

PU is usually softer than PVC and feels more like leather than PVC. PVC, on the other hand, is affected by temperature more. The higher the temperature the softer PVC is; where the inverse is true. PVC does not feel like leather as much as PU does.


However, technologies have improved quality. PU used to feel much more like leather than PVC, and PVC used to be much more durable than PU, but now PU is more durable than it previously was, and PVC feels more like leather than it used to.

Each of our products has been graded at 200,000 to 500,000 double rubs. A double rub is a test to see the strength of the fabric by strapping it into a machine that essentially rubs the product, testing its durability. Anything above 30,000 double rubs has a high durability, even for the hospitality industry.

Our Collection

Our vinyl collection comes in many colors. We offer a wide range of fabrics and designs with matte finishes, such as pigskin leather, ostrich, and snakeskin.

If you are interested in our vinyl fabrics or area rugs, then contact a rep today or shoot us an email at

The Benefits of Designing Your Own Custom Area Rugs

Here at PierPoint, we pride ourselves on being able to turn your dream into a reality when it comes to our custom area rugs.

Here’s how we work. You come in with a vision, an idea, a design, a photograph of a favorite painting, or a statue of your favorite actor, and we help transform your concept into a reality.

At PierPoint, we work with purchasing companies, hotels or interior designers to turn a design vision into reality, creating the best final product that we can.

How it Works:

We offer custom area rugs of any size, shape and textures. It’s up to you and your preference.

You simply send us your custom textile design idea or rug idea, and we get to work with our skilled team to transform your idea or inspirational item into a rug or pattern.  

There are four steps to our process.

Step 1   

Contact your sales rep and provide your design idea details for the custom area rug that you would like.

For example, a client, The Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites Hotel, was inspired by the images of a manhole cover. They liked the design, so they came to us with pictures as inspiration.

Step 2

Within three working days, we will provide you a rendered pattern of what we will transform your idea into, as well as a quote of the price for the production of your creation. along with a detailed date of when your area rug “strike off” will arrive.

We then set to work and composite a rendering as to the details and descriptions our client wanted. In this case, the manhole cover. We created many renderings just to ensure that the client was happy. This is one of those renderings.

custom area rugs

After client approval, we set to work completing a strike off.  

Step 3

You will receive a strike off within 10 to 15 days. This one you will be able to hold and look at. Feel the rug. See the colors and designs. This way, you have some final input. Then comes the best part.

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Step 4

Once you approve and place your order, PierPoint will begin the production process and ship it out once completed in 30-45 days!

Here is the completed manhole cover area rug. Isn’t it beautifully elegant?

custom area rugs

The benefits of designing your own custom area rug is that you get to be in the design process, and are there every step of the way, helping craft the best area rug for what you want and need it for.

If you are interested in creating a custom area rug, then contact us. We can help you turn your idea into a reality, your concept into a functional, comfortable and beautiful rug for your next project or hotel lobby. Contact a rep today or shoot us an email at

Shifting Expectations as Health and Wellness Enter the Forefront

Social and environmental responsibility can do more for a brand than ever before, and the next big arena of competition seems to center on wellness. Properties are outgrowing the typical facilities-based model of spas and fitness centers, moving towards a more holistic approach.

The arrival of new hotel brands, crossing over from the fitness industry into hospitality, suggests this will be an interesting trend to follow!

Design will continue to focus on how space can be both beautiful and practical but innovation will change our expectations and perceptions. Several major players have been rolling out rooms designed for wellness with designated fitness spaces, equipment, tech linens, and fine-tuned light and sound control.

Demands on surface material performance will increase as use becomes more vigorous and cleanability concerns arise. Upholstery, carpeting and linens for some areas will all need to be reconsidered for characteristics such as wear resistance, porosity, microbial resistance, and slip resistance.

Not an unusual piece to find in a room, a bench or similar can be covered in a beautiful, high performance vinyl to blend seamlessly with the overall aesthetic of the room while still providing full functionality as a piece of workout equipment that can hold up to abrasion, sweat, weight, and sanitization.

Speak with one of our representatives about how we can help you meet your new needs.

Planning a Refurb? Some Questions to Get You Started.

What works? What doesn’t?

Think about the existing space. Speak to your people – everyone from guests to management to housekeeping. Make a list of wants and needs. Assess wear, upkeep and “cleanability”, and traffic patterns.

How much disruption can you tolerate?

New window dressings and soft furnishings may be a low impact way to refresh a space. Look into gradually staging installation.

What is your timeframe?

Limited time will limit your options but producers and suppliers have a good idea of what is manageable and can work with you. Even custom options can be available in very reasonable timeframes.

Think about what is important to your organization, what ideals you want to uphold and what image you want to project. Get inspired, be inspiring.

Corporate Trends: Structure from the Floor Up

We are seeing more and more companies opt for a campus design layout where shared space supports a more collaborative work process. Real estate is expensive and a visual delineation of areas are more efficient than physical. Amorphic and reconfigurable office layouts, with open plans and modular furniture provide multiple types of work and meeting spaces to meet a company’s needs.

Warm, inviting interiors that offer elevated acoustic dampening are an ideal counterpoint to a technology saturated workplace. Flooring has become a key solution for creating and defining spaces and as such is increasingly selected early in the design process. A huge range of colors, textures and material have both practical and aesthetic considerations, with custom options offering the possibility of a truly unique product.

Check out our In Stock Area Rug program where you can see rugs like in the photo above.

New products added to our Vinyl Collection 2017

Vinyl is an ideal choice for high traffic and collaborative spaces. If fire resistance, durability, water resistance and “cleanability” were not sufficient reason, our gorgeous new line in vinyl will have you considering this high-performance textile for your needs.

New Vinyl Collection 2017 Themes

This new vinyl collection 2017 brings together a variety of themes. We have listened to our customers’ requests and are excited to bring to you a variety of colors and patterns in a matte finish. Matte surfaces are both attractive and practical, holding up particularly well to wear.

For more exotic tastes, we present several new beautifully rendered hide patterns. Ostrich leather, pigskin and snakeskin are among the tasteful but striking options that will bring character to your space. Intricate embossings increase visual and tactile engagement on the small-scale while classic colors integrate well with broader design choices.

If you are looking to build a sense of warmth and comfort, consider an aged or distressed leather look. These can add a softer element to your space or a trendy, vintage touch. This quality vinyl provides all the customary appeal of aged leather without the necessary upkeep.

The collection is completed by pattern selections with the appearance of fabric that gives way to the surprising feel of cool, soft vinyl. A conflict between the senses, these finishes blend seamlessly into design themes with the additional performance characteristics.

Contact us now to enquire about any of these great choices and to see how we can contribute to your design and space.

The Hygiene of Sleep and Sheets

A common concern when entering a new lodging space is sleep quality. Asides from personal habits, the next most important factor is environment. Noise, light, temperature and the quality of the bed and bedding all come into play. How?

Providing blackout curtains to hide an early sunrise and sheers for those who want a sunshine wakeup call can also provide some temperature control.

Pillows are useful for customizing support while soft, breathable bedding with a layered assortment of covers allow a guest to fine tune their thermal comfort.

Even floor, wall and window coverings should be carefully considered for their ability to insulate and dampen sound.

Techtextil North America – Chicago for 2017, back to Atlanta for 2018

The 14th edition of Techtextil North America trade fair ran over June 20-22 with more than 150 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions, 5 symposium sessions and over 20 expert industry presentations.

Techtextil North America – Outline

Like the major Frankfurt edition, the show vertically assembles the technical textiles industry from R&D through materials, production and treatment through to recycling. This year showcased a number of new participants.

A new addition was a series of talks in partnership with The Nonwovens Institute hosted throughout the event and open to all attendees. The Graduate Student Poster Program was present for the 4th year running, showcasing budding research in related fields.

Next year’s edition will be held May 22-24, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Natural Textiles – Luxury Meets Practicality

We return this month to discuss the other side of the question on whether synthetic or natural textiles are the better choice for your project. Although often used to make a statement, the push for “natural” – in this case the fibers –  is more than just a political stance.

Natural Textiles – Qualities & Uses

Natural textiles fibers have some innate qualities that may make them particularly preferable where they come into direct physical contact with the user. For example, wicking, insulation and breathability are particularly important when selecting bedlinens and bed dressings. Cotton and silk are particularly suitable for those with sensitive skin or allergies while hemp has excellent moisture dispersion and anti-microbial properties – excellent anywhere from institutional and to luxury hospitality conditions.

Manmade materials do not carry the same (metaphorical) weight of their journey from farm to user. Natural textiles are an agricultural product, overwhelmingly from small-scale enterprise in developing regions. Natural fibers are a renewable resource and can present and exceptionally tidy cradle-to-cradle loop when disposal is adequately planned for. Similar to synthetics, upcycling and recycling are also viable end of use options.

In choosing natural fibers, you are also putting yourself in the somewhat unique position of choosing what can be perceived as both the luxurious and responsible option. There is a certain cachet that comes from being able to proclaim that textiles used in your spaces are pure, natural, ethical, sustainable. “Sustainable” may also intersect with the fair trade and other ethical sourcing movements.

Many natural textiles fibers are also extremely practical. They can be good insulators, easy to clean, noise dampening and static resistant. Wool may even meet fire performance standards without chemical treatment. There are luxury properties using recycled, fire-rated and machine washable linens that are both beautiful, safe and cost effective all through their useful life.

The décor of a typical property is changed every 5 to 7 years on average. Classic design and material choices are always suitable and can even delay the need for costly updates. High quality natural textiles are inherently beautiful and are available in a range of colors, textures and styles varied enough to bring to life any vision you have. Check out our Area Rugs to spice up your property.

Have You Considered Synthetic Textiles?

A major decision point when faced with a seemingly never-ending array of textiles is whether to opt for a natural or synthetic textiles material. There is not a “correct” choice here – there are benefits to either (and we will discuss the other side next month).

There is a general perception that natural textiles are more luxurious. Indeed, there is an undeniable appeal to silk and wool blend rugs or a fine leather chaise. However, high-quality synthetic textiles on the market are so well manufactured that they are typically indistinguishable from their natural counterparts. These synthetic options also offer a number of very useful characteristics that decision makers should be aware of.

Synthetic Textiles – Engineered

Engineered textiles perform very well in high use situations. Fibers are generally stronger than the natural equivalent and the materials can better maintain color integrity which results in reduced showing of wear and tear.

Variety is another huge advantage to synthetic textiles. Colors, patterns, weaves, prints, textures, lustre and weight are all available in an array of choices and are often customizable. Suitable options exist for issues such as moisture control, odor control, stain prevention and cleaning, or fire performance. Materials are available that are anti-microbial, non-porous or suitable for sanitization.

While synthetic textiles sold for commercial or industrial applications have minimum fire performance requirements to meet, many engineered textiles will have especially high ratings as the materials are inherrently fire-retardant due to the nature of the material or the construction of fibers.

One last key aspect to consider is the environmental impact of your choice. Conventional wisdom has it that natural fibers are a more sustainable choice due to their being considered as coming from renewable resources. This is absolutely not a hard and fast rule. Not only must the relative lifespans of each product be considered but the use of water and energy through manufacture and transport.

Browse our updated range of area rugs while you contemplate your options!