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Linoleum

Linoleum

A natural winner! Our linoleum floor coverings with the Marmoleum brand are natural floors associated with sustainability, durability, high quality and innovative design. Linoleum flooring is made from natural raw materials and is the most sustainable flooring choice. Discover the versatile world of linoleum with over 300 colours and more than 12 different design structures to choose from, available in sheet & tile formats.

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  • Marmoleum Linear
    Marmoleum Linear

    Marmoleum Linear sheet

    Defining spaces. Our renewed Marmoleum Striato collection presents exciting linear floor designs in both warm neutrals and outspoken bright colours. The organic linear pattern gives your floor a natural, homely feel. Striato Textura adds a tactile dimension to our Striato floors with its natural embossing creating a vibrant floor that plays with the subtle shadows of floodlight. Click on the images below to discover the 3 ranges of Marmoleum Striato.

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    Marmoleum Marbled

    Marmoleum Marbled sheet

    Around the world in 90 colours. Forbo's Marmoleum Marbled flooring is presented in a vast array of colours, combining stronger and subtler marbled patterns in 1 presentation. Our marbled designs are composed from 3 to 8 colours that can vary in intensity and contrast; from bold, strong contrasts resembling real marble, to more subtle designs like fresco murals. Click on the images below to view our Marbled ranges Real, Fresco & Vivace.

  • Marmoleum Patterned
    Marmoleum Patterned

    Marmoleum Patterned sheet

    Connecting the dots. Marmoleum Patterned is a dialogue between the architectonic statement of the black, grey and white Graphics and the subtle, two-tone speckled pattern of Marmoleum Piano. This modern linoleum flooring provides a selected foundation for stunning floor designs.

  • Marmoleum Solid 352 x 352
    Marmoleum Solid

    Marmoleum Solid sheet

    Traces of the future. The secret spirit of Marmoleum Solid lies in colour nuances and subtleness. With reference to classic linoleum flooring, a modern range of (almost) uni floor designs has been created with twists and traces of colour and design. Perfectly adapted for complementing the modern environments of today. Discover how subtle Marmoleum can be with our Solid ranges Marmoleum Concrete, Walton Uni & Walton Cirrus.

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    Marmoleum Modular

    Marmoleum Modular tiles

    Creative freedom! This unique Marmoleum tile range presents over 60 colours and designs in 6 tile sizes. It offers endless choice to create inspiring floor designs and invites you to play, combine & connect to create the floor of your choice. Discover your possibilities with our Modular ranges Colour, Marble, Shade, Lines and the new embossed Textura.

  • Marmoleum Click
    Marmoleum Click

    Marmoleum Click tiles

    Fun to design, easy to install. Marmoleum Click presents a new collection of easy to install Marmoleum panels made of HDF board with 2.5 mm Marmoleum on top and a sound absorbing cork backing. The panels are available in 3 sizes and 23 colours which gives you endless design possibilities. This natural floor covering is not only tactile and comfortable, it is also anti-static, durable and easy to maintain.

  • Acoustic Linoleum
    Acoustic linoleum

    Acoustic linoleum

    Our acoustic linoleum floors have a higher impact sound reduction value because of a special insulating layer that is connected to the linoleum sheet. In this way an impact sound reduction of up to 17dB can be achieved.

  • Conductive linoleum
    Conductive linoleum

    Conductive linoleum

    Marmoleum Ohmex is a conductive linoleum floor covering that meets higher requirements for electrical conductivity. Electrical resistance is improved to < 1-108 Ω (EN1081), ensuring personal safety and protecting equipment that is sensitive to static electricity.

  • Marmoleum Sport
    Marmoleum Sport

    Linoleum sport flooring

    Marmoleum Sport belongs to the category of area-elastic sports floor constructions and fulfils the latest European sport flooring standard EN14904 and the German standard DIN V 18032-2. Area-elastic floors minimize the risk of injury.

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    Furniture Linoleum

    Furniture Linoleum

    Forbo Furniture Linoleum is a natural surfacing material that delivers the finishing touch for all high end furniture designs such as desks, chairs, stools, cabinets, doors and displays. It is renowned for its elegance and durability. The mat surface and it's warm, soft texture make it a unique furniture surfacing solution. Watch our latest video.

  • Bulletin Board pinboard linoleum
    Bulletin Board

    Bulletin Board pinboard linoleum

    Our Bulletin Board pin board linoleum offers a practical, simple solution to collect and exchange thoughts and ideas whenever people plan, create and meet. Bulletin Board is an all-natural material that can be applied in framed or mounted pin boards or directly to the wall. Its surface is tactile & colourful, creating a decorative element in your space.

  • Designing with Marmoleum
    Designing with Marmoleum

    Designing with Marmoleum

    Are you looking for something unique on your floor? That is also sustainable and durable? Our Designing with Marmoleum selection offers you just that. With our Aquajet technique we can create the most precise and detailed floor designs. From laser engraved Marmoleum tiles to exciting designs created by international designers. Explore your options below!

About Linoleum

We take the green road

Natural raw materials
Marmoleum, Forbo's brand of linoleum, is a natural floor made from 97% natural raw materials, 70% of which are rapidly renewable, along with a 43% recycled content. The key raw materials used in its production include linseed oil, which comes from the flax plant seeds, wood flour as production waste from controlled forestry plantations and jute, a crop whose fibres provide the material for the membrane onto which the linoleum is calendared.

Natural habitat
What makes Marmoleum special is that it is created entirely from raw materials obtained from their natural habitat right where they grow and renew, often in just 12 months time. Jute and flax are annual crops that can be harvested just like wheat or corn. Extracting rosin is a continuous process, while wood flour, a waste material from the timber industry, is derived from European production forests. Limestone is available in abundance.

Biodegrade
All this makes Marmoleum a natural floor covering, one that, after a long 30-plus year life cycle, can start all over again. Marmoleum can be scrapped, since it’s biodegrade. Alternatively, controlled incineration of Marmoleum delivers a higher caloric value and creates thermal energy that outweighs the energy used during production. This demonstrates the full life cycle circle from which nature ultimately benefits.

We take the green road

Topshield2

Topshield2 linoleum finish

Floor performance in the real world
Topshield2 is a floor finish, developped by Forbo for our linoleum floor coverings. Topshield2 has been designed as a highly performing finish to create a ‘ready to use’ Marmoleum floor. A floor that requires no initial maintenance or polymer application and is even more resistant to dirt pick-up, less prone to wear and has improved resistance to scratches and stains.

The reality of the day-to-day life of a floor is that it encounters both ‘use and abuse’ without being able to balance its performance with a prescribed cleaning and maintenance regime, as in reality, this is not always carried out exactly on time. The floor needs to withstand the traces of every day use; the weather of the season, the footprints and dirt carried into the building, the scratches and stains occurring by accident as well as the overall retention of the appearance of the floor over time.

Even where every floor starts out as a new floor just after installation, it will need to keep up is performance over a lifetime of many years. Marmoleum has a proven track record and is also now the modern floor for lasting performance: today, tomorrow, forever.

Topshield2 floor finish

Making Linoleum

We take pride in creating Marmoleum

The craft of manufacturing linoleum has evolved over the last 150 years. Forbo has been driving this development through its Marmoleum brand. Making Marmoleum is an art, which is not learned at any trade - or craft school. In fact, only a handful of people know how to make Marmoleum.

Determining the correct mixture of ingredients, allowing the right time for raw materials to settle, applying the correct temperature and pressure all skills Marmoleum Experts must master. We are proud of our experts, as they take pride in creating every piece of our Marmoleum floors.

Our proud linoleum craftsmen

150 years Linoleum

Celebrating 150 years of Linoleum

Frederick Walton
Frederick Walton discovered linoleum and patented its manufacturing process in 1863. It is quite remarkable that a product, discovered in the days of gas lights and horse-drawn carriages, is still used in applications for which it was originally designed, such as flooring in health care and educational facilities.

Impressive references
Over 100 years and more, linoleum has found its way in an incredible large number of buildings all over the world; the dining hall flooring for the famous Alcatraz prison in San Francisco, CA, the elegant White House in Washington, DC, or Buckingham palace in London, the Kremlin in Moscow, the German Reichstag , the Sorbonne University in Paris and even Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam (1938) featured a linoleum floor covering.

Also today many of the new public buildings world wide are installed with Marmoleum flooring, from the new opera house in Olso or the latest tribal art museum from Jean Nouvelle in Paris. Marmoleum remains a classic floor covering that is loved by architects because of its authenticity and versatility.

Bauhaus institute
One of the expressions of modernism in the arts, crafts and architecture was created through the German Bauhaus institute, which settled in Dessau in 1925. Bauhaus, for many, is the origin of modern architecture that spread from Europe to North America and all over the world. A Forbo Marmoleum classic - “Berlin red” - still can be seen in the restored Bauhaus.

Bauhaus, Reiner Becker Architekten

LCA & EPD

Life Cycle Assessment & EPD's

At Forbo we believe an open, honest and transparent approach to demonstrating a sustainable attitude is the only way to show the credits we attribute to our products and processes. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a recognised methodology we use to determine and measure the impact on the environment of any product during its creation, use and what remains when a product reaches its end of life by measuring a set number of impact categories.

The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is the outcome of the LCA, which is published in a 3rd party verified report on a particular product. The EPD for Marmoleum verifies our claims and gives transparent insights into our test results and measurements.

Environmental Stewardship
Marmoleum is manufactured in a state-of-the-art environment where the traditional manufacturing process has been automated in efficient production lines that are run entirely on green electricity. At Forbo, we actively steer our processes toward continuous improvement, maximizing the use of recycled content in our Marmoleum and working with green design principles whenever new designs or structures are developed.

Marmoleum installation waste take-back schemes
In many of our markets we have now introduced a network to take make material from previous installations. The cuts and scraps are collected and returned to our factory. On a smaller scale, in our sampling, we take the same approach. This way, we can do our best to assure full-circle recycling even at points where our product reaches its end of life state.

Labels and Certification, recognition that goes a long way
Marmoleum is among the most rewarded and environmentally sound floor covering. We value all our labels, whether it’s the internationally recognised Swan label, the blue Angel certification, the North American Sequoia Seal or more specific labels like Nature Plus or the Austrian environmental label. Next to labels and certification, Marmoleum brings real benefits when measured against BRE or LEED certifications. Here, using a Marmoleum floor helps you in the overall rating of your building.

Environment

LRV & NCS codes

LRV & NCS codes

Find all LRV and NCS values on the linoleum download page

LRV
In architecture, Light Reflectance Value (LRV), is a measure of the percentage of visible and usable light that is reflected from a surface when illuminated by a light source. The LRV can be linked to a number of decisions on which colour can be chosen. The approximate LRV of a colour indicates the amount of visible light that a colour will reflect. Black has a light reflectance value of 0% and absorbs all light. White has a light reflectance value of 100% and keeps a building light and cool. It also links to the use of electricity where lighter colours need less lighting which is a direct saving for the environment. All Forbo products carry a light reflection value, which can be found on the collection pages with the description of each item.

NCS
NCS colour coding describes the colour of any material. With numeric colour codes, so called NCS Notations, such as NCS S 1080-Y70R, any colour can be described precisely. NCS has defined 1950 standardised colours at every 10th step of the colour space to represent the entire colour space. Each notation's colour sample is visually identical to any other colour sample of the same notation, whether it is a standardised colour or a colour in between the 1950 standard colours. This way you can find matching flooring colours with other coloured items in a room.

The 'Natural Colour System', NCS has been developped in order to indentify the colour value, its intensity and hue for a product. By using the NCS maesurement system colours and colour groups can be identified and matched regardless of the material that has been used. In this way colour coordinates for differnt aspects of the interior of a building can be determined. All Forbo products carry a NCS code, which can be found on the collection pages or in the downloadcenter.

LRV & NCS

Product Videos

Linoleum Product Videos

We have several informative video's about our linoleum floor coverings that can be found at our linoleum video page. The videos range from product introduction to in-depth videos about the production process of linoleum.

Visit our Linoleum Video Page

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