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By: Malcolm Sims
October 27, 2020

The Academy’s Corporate Members: ITFA would like to thank those companies who have supported the work that we do in providing information and a training resource for the textile floor covering industry. Our corporate members are:  British Wool Godfrey Hirst Korat Institute of Technology and Enterprise Lawton Yarns NFIC USA The Textile Institute Wools of […]

By: Malcolm Sims
October 22, 2020

For my 50 year career I have been involved in machine made carpets, but when we set up the International Textile Flooring Academy we thought it essential to have a great course on handmade rugs, as it is such an important aspect within the textile floor covering industry. This introduction to handmade rugs is very […]

By: Malcolm Sims
October 16, 2020

It was back in the 1970’s when I was first involved in dyeing. I was a Supervisor on a Space Dye production line. Back then, space dyed yarns were even used broadloom, a trend that did not last long. I then became involved in carpet printing and continuous dyeing; both techniques were very big in […]

By: Malcolm Sims
October 14, 2020

An Essential Short Course on Carpet Installation I have been in the carpet industry for over 50 years now. Over this period, product development and the technical aspects of carpets, I guess, have become my specialities. During this time, I have needed to understand some aspects of carpet fitting/installation. As Technical Manager in the carpet […]

By: Malcolm Sims
October 4, 2020

The International Textile Flooring Academy continues to expand its carpet and rug online resource with practical industry information and training courses. The Academy is very pleased to have added a great paper –
Wool Product Training for Retailers – Features, Advantages and Benefits of Wool Carpets. This paper is written by Hallie Cobb, formerly of the […]

By: Malcolm Sims
October 2, 2020

Following the continued online success of the training course The Manufacture of Wool Carpets, the International Textile Flooring Academy (www.itfacademy.org) has had numerous requests for an ‘all fibre’ online course for the carpet and rug industry. Fibre to Floor, authored by Peter J Goodman, is now available online. This course provides in-depth knowledge of natural […]

By: Malcolm Sims
September 30, 2020

Over the course of my 50 years in the carpet industry I have often been involved in the inspection of carpet. Whether that has been dealing with complaints within a carpet mill or on-site inspections of over 100 consumer and contract installations. Such inspections are a challenge of one’s carpet knowledge in the broadest of […]

By: Malcolm Sims
September 25, 2020

When Paul Bakker and I set up the International Textile Flooring Academy our wish was to provide a platform for passing on real industry experience and knowledge. We assembled over 3000 pages of technical and marketing information, all of which resides in ITFA’s excellent online Library. But our intention was to also feature original publications, […]

By: Malcolm Sims
July 28, 2020

Since we launched the International Textile Flooring Academy in May 2017, we have seen a steady growth of members in the number of students and members from around the world. This is a very difficult time for all of us and with the Coronavirus in particular. The impact upon the textile flooring industry in terms […]

By: Malcolm Sims
January 15, 2020

New online training course – Practical Carpet Dyeing, Printing and Finishing A great new training course has been added to the Courses section of the Academy website: Practical Carpet Dyeing, Printing and Finishing. This course has been created by Ian Smith CTexT FTI. Ian studied textile chemistry, textile engineering, colour management and dyehouse management. He […]