Lichen carpet line by Mohawk Group and McLennan Design

We’re excited to announce that The Lichen Collection, a collaboration between McLennan Design and Mohawk Group, has won a Best of NeoCon 2017 Gold award.

The Lichen Collection is a new modular plank carpet system resulting from innovations that merge leading concepts in biophilic design and sustainability. Lichen is the first flooring product to achieve the International Living Future Institute’s Living Product Challenge Petal Certification. Mohawk Group commissioned McLennan Design to design the Lichen Collection. Like Mohawk, McLennan Design believes that we can be agents of restoration and regeneration, creating a better world than how we found it.

The creation and specifying of Lichen has a net positive impact for people and the environment, through innovations in materials, manufacturing and community involvement. It is truly sustainable, leaving a handprint rather than a footprint. Just as lichens play a regenerative role in their natural ecosystem, the Lichen Collection gives more resources back to the environment than it uses during its entire life cycle.


Inspired by the idea of “Nature’s Carpet,” the design team looked at natural assemblages of rich multihued, multitextured lichens from extreme climates as the foundation for the collection. Lichen consists of three pattern types. The anchor of the collection is a large-scale field of lichen “blooms” that change in shape and form by colorway. Other patterns include a transition style that has less bloom as well as a style that is solely textured ground. The styles can be used together as a system, or separately, depending on the desired configuration of texture and color.

Innovative precision tufting technology was used to create the Lichen Collection, so the textures and colors are more pronounced. It is made with Mohawk’s Duracolor solution-dyed premium nylon yarn for permanent stain resistance, and comes standard on EcoFlex NXT, our red list-free backing. Installed with our FlexLok tabs, it is the only red list-free installation system in the marketplace. Additional sustainable attributes include NSF 140 Gold and Green Label Plus certified for IAQ.

About Mohawk Group

Mohawk Group, the world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, delivers industry-leading style, cutting-edge innovation, unmatched service and superior sustainability. As the commercial division of Mohawk Industries, Mohawk Group has a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years. The company’s enduring family of brands — Mohawk, Karastan and Durkan —are widely regarded as the most trusted names in the commercial flooring business. Together, these brands function beautifully, delivering the perfect flooring solution for all markets and price points. Rounding out its esteemed product offering, the Mohawk Group also offers a full spectrum of hard surface flooring products and installation accessories that exceed the most rigorous performance standards. For additional information about its proven design solutions, and to learn more about what is next from Mohawk, visit