After co-founding the successful HUE hosiery company with Kathy Moskal, our friend Sandy Chilewich experimented with different fibers until she stumbled upon woven vinyl, which would become her signature textile. Combining the visual interest of traditional floor coverings with the durability of her proprietary Plynyl®, the Chilewich Mat (2003) is soft, washable and stain resistant, impervious to spills and suitable to virtually any space, from high-traffic environments to next to the bed. The soft urethane backing includes post-industrial content, prevents skidding and curling, and adds cushioning. Chilewich flooring was the winner of the 2007 Material ConneXion Medium Award for textile design, and it meets the stringent requirements of the Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label Plus program's standards for VOC emissions. Made in U.S.A.
Choose from two textures: Basketweave and Bamboo. Click on Additional Views to see detail photographs of each weave.
Two-year manufacturer's warranty
Woven vinyl with polyurethane backing.
Small: L 6' W 3'10" Pile 0.125" Large: L 9' W 6' Pile 0.125"
According to Sandy Chilewich, one of her biggest motivators is to create “a new function from something familiar,” exactly what she did when she produced her award-winning Raybowl, introduced in 1997. The first design from her studio, Chilewich, it consisted of a simple wire steel frame covered in stretchy power mesh. Chilewich already knew a thing or two about stretchy fabric: With Kathy Moskal in 1978, she co-founded legwear company HUE – a wildly successful endeavor that they eventually sold before forging out on their own in 1994.
Chilewich continued experimenting with natural and synthetic materials, pushing their physical and functional limits. Leveraging the success of Raybowl, she moved on to create a completely new design material. In 2000, she introduced floor mats, placemats and totes made from her proprietary woven vinyl. Soft and flexible yet extremely sturdy, the material, which she dubbed “plynyl,” was the result of an intensive research process. “The durability of this extruded yarn, the intrinsic sheen of the material, its tremendous design versatility, and the fact that it is washable inspired me then and continues to inspire me today,” explains Chilewich. It won her the coveted Editor’s Award at the 2001 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and solidified her career. Read more >