Press Release

November 2007
Press Release
Lancaster, PA
For immediate release

Rigato to be Featured at Surfaces 2008

Capri cork’s new Mediterra Rigato Cork Flooring Collection, introduced to designers and architects in North America during the fall of 2007 will be featured in Capri’s booth (G1512) at the Surfaces Show in Las Vegas.  The Jumble pattern from Rigato will be shown on Capri’s Eco-Clicks Cork Floating Floor at the show. This collection has been instantly successful for Capri, with numerous specifications generated within weeks of its introduction.

Rigato, which translates in English as ‘pinstripe’, was inspired by the success of Capri’s Mediterra Cable Dark cork veneer pattern introduced in November 2006. The Rigato Collection offers hand-crafted homogeneous striped cork tiles. The skilled European artisans who create Rigato, hand lay homogeneous strips of cork together resulting in beautifully crafted cork flooring with subtle natural variations.

The Natural color is a combination of Light and Dark cork.  Four of the colors in the collection, Autumn, Java, Mahogany and Terra Cotta are the Natural pattern with stained color applied.  The stains are organic pigments which are added to the water-based matte polyurethane finish and are applied during the finishing process.  This results in evenly applied colors which are enhanced by the natural shade variations inherent in cork.  While others in the cork industry have done stained colors before Capri, none have the look of the tailored Rigato collection.  The beautiful stained colors are inspired by colors found in nature.

The Espresso pattern in Rigato is made by combining Capri’s Dark and Terrain patterns. Espresso offers a rich dark design with a dimension quality resulting from this interesting combination of cork patterns.

The Jumble pattern, as the name implies, is a random mix of the waste cut off of Light, Medium and Terrain tiles.  These cut pieces are randomly put together to create the Jumble pattern.  The beauty of the pattern is created by what would otherwise be waste and the combination and placement changes each time the pattern is made.

As with all of the Mediterra Cork Flooring Collection from Capri, Rigato is available in 3/16” thickness, and tile sizes of 12” x 12” or 24” x 24”, as well as custom sizes.  Finished with durable water-based matte polyurethane, Rigato is suitable for commercial or residential use and will last decades when properly maintained.

Rigato can be used alone or with existing Mediterra patterns.  With this innovative collection, Capri cork sets a new standard in cork flooring design.

A patent is pending for The Rigato Collection.

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