New Zealand Home & Building, October-November 1985
Pirelli rubber flooring, the studded rubber tile imported from Italy is gaining ever-increasing popularity. Once used solely for commercial interiors, it has recently become popular for domestic interior design. The product is now available in a wide page 103range of colours, the majority of which are available readily in New Zealand.
The tiles which are 500mm square, have a surface which is covered in raised, circular studs about the size of a ten cent piece. The studs have sloping sides to discourage dirt build up and for ease of cleaning.
Rubber flooring with its high-tech appeal has proved so popular that a new product is now available for the light commercial and domestic market which has a lower profile stud than the traditional tile. It is easily maintained, requiring only a vacuuming and the occasional light wash. Floor polishes should not be used.
There is also a vinyl product on the market which looks very like Pirelli flooring. It also has hard wearing properties and comes in several colours.