Aussie-made carpet runner that is still selling for $200,000
Posted September 07, 2018 18:22:28Aussie-built carpet runners have a place in the Australian family, and the new model that’s just been launched is one of the most popular.
A few days ago, the first Australian-made plastic carpet running surface was unveiled, the Aussie Sisal, at a Brisbane show.
It was created in a 3D printing studio by Aussie plastics manufacturer Graphene Studios, and it was produced to the same standard as other Australian plastics.
The carpet is made of polyester-dome-like material, and its thickness is around 0.9mm.
The machine itself measures around 8cm long by 5cm wide, and is powered by a 12V battery.
Graphene’s president, Scott Langer, says it’s the first home floor carpet in Australia to be made from ABS plastic.
“It’s a lot harder to make than other materials that are used in furniture,” he told ABC News.
As well as being durable, the material is also eco-friendly, and recyclable, meaning it can be recycled and used again in new designs.
Australian carpet runners are not just a hobbyist phenomenon.
A recent study showed that Australians make around $300 million worth of them every year.
In the US, the average price of a carpet runner is $120,000, but in Australia it’s between $150,000 and $200 and up to $250,000.
With prices starting at $10,000 for the cheaper versions, and up through to $300,000 in the top end, the price of the AISal is well worth the investment.
We don’t have a choice, but if we want to go carpet shopping we want it to be as eco-friendly as possible.
Graphen’s Mr Langer said the price tag on the AUSal was not a factor when designing the product, and they did not want to make the carpet more expensive.
For some, the design has already been a hit with buyers.
The AUSale has been sold out since the announcement of the product on Monday.
If you’re planning on purchasing a carpet, you can pick up one for less than $100 on eBay.
It’s expected to ship this year, and we’ll keep you updated with when it goes on sale.
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