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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 […]

By: Paul Bakker
September 4, 2019

Better Access, More Courses, Improved Technical Resources Over the past few months INTERNATIONAL TEXTILE FLOORING ACADEMY have been implementing major changes to the Academy’s website and its on-line experience. It is close to one year since the formal launch of the Academy at the 2018 International Flooring Show and much that is positive has happened […]

By: Malcolm Sims
September 4, 2019

International Textile Flooring Academy is pleased to announce that it has received a National Flooring Innovation Award for Technologies. It is very exciting to have received this recognition from the UK Flooring Innovation judges.  The formal presentation of the Trophy will be at The International Flooring Show, Harrogate on Sunday 15 September. ITFA again has […]

By: Paul Bakker
June 14, 2019

We are pleased to announce the International Textile Flooring Academy (ITFA) online training course Introduction to Wool Carpets has been Approved by The Textile Institute. This course provides comprehensive coverage of the manufacture and properties of tufted and woven carpets. The Textile Institute’s brand is the international sign of excellence. Through the Approval Scheme, The […]

By: Paul Bakker
May 10, 2019

Why you should do an ITFA training course If you are working in a carpet mill or interested in the carpet industry, the International Textile Flooring Academy has some great training courses for you. There is also a surprising variety of subjects, but all relating to, or enhancing the knowledge of, how to construct carpets […]

By: Malcolm Sims
April 25, 2019

ITFA is pleased to report that the highly regarded Natural Fibers Installers Certification (NFIC) organisation of the USA has become an Affiliate member of the Academy. NFIC are recognised by the US carpet industry as a leading training organisation for the installation of natural flooring products. They offer classroom training of installers and sales people, […]