The global marketing efforts of Carrfields Primary Wool (CP Wool) means the humble looking sheep in your nearest paddock could be producing wool that is destined for some very high places around the world.
Through its subsidiary NZ Yarn, which spins wool yarn for use in carpets and rugs, CP Wool has supplied wool that is gracing the floors of Emirates first class cabins.
Closer to the ground, CP Wool’s efforts are seeing New Zealand wool showcased on the world stage in several corporate headquarters in New York, including carpets in the Wells Fargo and Time Warner head offices. The London Stock Exchange’s New York outpost also features New Zealand wool soft flooring.
Further south, weary corporate managers at the KPMG Executive Retreat in Orlando, Florida are relaxing on New Zealand wool carpets; while across the Atlantic, our wool is cushioning the feet of shoppers in the Tom Ford retail store in Milan.
CP Wool, which represents some 3,500 sheep farmers around New Zealand, is the exclusive supplier of wool to NZ Yarn, which spins it into yarn for use in the soft flooring industry globally.
Colin McKenzie, Group CEO of CP Wool and NZ Yarn, says its customers include soft flooring manufacturers around the world who sell products via architects and interior designers.
“We supply our yarn to carpet and rug makers who have connections into the corporate and luxury residential markets. This means New Zealand wool can end up in some very high profile places. It’s a fantastic way to showcase the quality, beauty and versatility of New Zealand wool to a global audience.”
For example, the carpet in the Tom Ford store in Milan is a very dense plush pile product in rich hues. The KPMG Executive Retreat features a replica of an intricate oriental design, while the carpet used in corporate offices demonstrates how wool carpets can be robust and hardwearing yet still beautiful, Mr McKenzie says.
One interesting recent project is the refurbishment of the Mary Baker Eddy historic house in Boston, Massachusetts. The large stately home was built in the 1930s and was occupied for some time by Mrs Eddy, who was the leader of the worldwide Christian Science religious movement. It is now being refurbished back to its original condition, including the manufacture of bespoke New Zealand wool carpet, says Mr McKenzie.
“One of our US manufacturers has made a narrow-woven Wilton carpet specially for the Mary Baker Eddy house, which replicates a period design from the 1930s. It’s a stunning product which we are immensely proud to have contributed to on behalf of our growers.”
CP Wool yarn gives global soft flooring manufacturers a very high-quality material to work with, which results in a superior end product, says Mr McKenzie.
“We are providing yarns that showcase the beautiful unique characteristics of wool, that designers and customers love and that our competitors find difficult, if not impossible, to replicate.
“Our whole product innovation strategy is to purposely step off the commodity curve, to become global leaders in leading-edge woolen yarn systems for carpets and rugs.”
This strategy has resulted in products that stand apart from the rest, and which leverage the tremendous opportunity which exists to increase the size of the market for wool carpet among
corporate and private consumers globally, particularly in the US, Mr McKenzie says.
“North American consumers have traditionally been slow adopters of wool carpet, with sales at low levels compared with those in New Zealand and Australia. This opens up a significant opportunity to take New Zealand wool into the soft flooring market in the US and Canada, as well as other markets including Europe and the Middle East.”August 29, 2019