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Songs of the Sea

Posted on Mar 22, 2016, by Mollie Williams

From steady bass tones to sweeping crescendos, the ballads sung by whales guide and connect us to another world of communication in the depths of the ocean. Milliken’s Whale Song collection captures the behemoth mammals’ musical spectrum and illustrates the melodic beauty and complexity of the sea’s oldest composers.

“Whale Song reminds us that each environment, whether outdoors or inside, tells a story. We steward these environments by selecting clean materials to create interiors and manufacturing products responsibly to protect the natural world, dovetailing these harmonious concepts to create cohesive spaces,” shared Stacy Walker, director of customer experience for the Milliken floor covering division.      

The highly textured designs of Whale Song interpret sound patterns created by whale communications and celebrate the environment in which their songs are sung. Stretched and elongated or pixelated to convey greater definition, each of the collection’s four standard patterns – Orca, Narwhal, Humpback and Beluga - offers its own perspective to the floor.


Reflective of the sound wave patterns created by whales when communicating, Orca creates a uniquely stimulating yet sophisticated carpet with dense movement that is at once angular and organic.


Narwhal explores sound, which moves four times faster through water than through air, traveling through the ocean’s expanse. The resulting design is a flowing diagonal that softens movement on the floor while maintaining interest and sophistication.


Humpback captures the underwater landscape, which is as diverse as that on land. A mixture of pattern scales ebb and flow while balancing positive and negative areas.


Imagining the effect sound dissipating through water, Beluga (paired above with Humpback) creates a modern solid for the floor. This textural gradation softens interiors with purposeful, yet quiet movement.

Whale Song is inspired by the life and habitat of the very oceans from which nylon waste is reclaimed to create ECONYL® yarns. Made completely from various nylon waste materials – such as abandoned fishing nets – ECONYL® nylon yarns breathe new life into old products that would otherwise pollute the world’s oceans and landfills. Moreover, Milliken manufactures the collection using 52 percent renewable energy and sends zero process waste to landfill.

Whale Song’s environmentally conscious construction and manufacturing are not only mindful of its impact on the outdoors, but also the indoor environments it creates. Whale Song is PVC free to help form interior spaces with healthy materials that promote wellbeing. It also carries an Environmental Product Declaration and Declare Living Building Challenge Compliant transparency label, allowing the collection to contribute to LEED, The Living Building Challenge and other green building certifications.

Learn more about the collection and explore its beautiful patterns and color offerings here.


Topics: Design, Sustainability

Mollie Williams

Written by Mollie Williams