Acoustic & Textile FAQ’s

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Acoustic FAQ’s

Generic Queries:

  • Can I request acoustic fabric samples?
    • Yes! In fact, we recommend viewing samples before placing an order to ensure the product you’ve picked works for your space. Our acoustic samples are available through our website, Material Bank, or your local sales rep.
  • How do I receive my samples?
    • Our acoustic samples are free and shipped via ground unless expedited services are required. Material Bank samples are sent overnight.
  • What are the custom capabilities of Unika Vaev?
    • Unika Vaev’s design department can develop tier 1 (simple) to tier 4 (complex) custom products for both textile and acoustic divisions. From our ceiling finishes to acoustic panels, screens, rugs, and more, we can create or modify acoustic solutions that deliver exactly what you’re looking for. Contact your local sales rep for more information.
  • Do you have a showroom? Can I visit?
    • Yes! We have showrooms in several cities, see our website for more information. 

Consumer Queries:

  • Do rugs help with noise?
    • Absolutely! Rugs will help to reduce reverberation within a space.
  • How do you reduce noise in an apartment?
    • You can do several things to help reduce noise in an apartment. From checking the doors to adding acoustic panels, window treatments, and more, here are a few tips to help you out!
  • What is the latest trend in ceiling finishes?
    • Our Ecoustic® Sculpt® Drop-In Ceiling Tiles add a dramatic, striking shape to your space. Not only are they simple to install, but they are also acoustic, fire tested, and (not to toot our own horn) one of our award-winning products. Other ceiling trends include tile lighting, ceiling baffles, acoustic fins, and more. Explore how you can take your ceilings to new heights in our blog!
  • How do you reduce echoes in a room?
    • We have tons of acoustical products & solutions in our collection that can help with echoing spaces. Through proper placement of decorative sound-absorbing products like noise-friendly flooring, panels, partitions, screens, and more, you can reduce echoes and reverberation in any space (large or small). Contact your local sales rep to let us help you design your perfect (and quiet) space.
  • How is pricing quoted?
    • All acoustic prices are NET prices and quoted on a per job basis. 
  • What is a coffered ceiling?
    • A coffered ceiling is a series of recessed (or indented) panels in the shape of a square, rectangle, or octagon in a ceiling, soffit, or vault. 
  • Soundproofing vs. sound absorbing.
    • Soundproofing (or sound blocking) is when you are attempting to eliminate all noise external to the space. Sound absorbing reduces the reverberation of sound waves to increase speech intelligibility. 
  • What are acoustic panels used for?
    • Acoustic panels are used for sound absorption, space division, and to reduce sound reverberation. They can also be used to improve speech intelligibility while coordinating with the interiors of your space. 
  • What’s the difference between an acoustic panel and an acoustic baffle?
    • Acoustic panels can be used on walls or ceilings or for space division, while acoustic baffles are specifically used to hang from the ceiling and are a design intent. Both, when appropriately used in your space, can result in the reduction of unwanted sound.
  • What does Ecoustic® mean?
    • Ecoustic® is the brand name for many of Unika Vaev’s acoustic decorative products.

Office-Related Consumer Queries:

  • How to design an office space? No matter the type of design you’re interested in, creating the perfect office space is important for productivity. But what should you keep in mind when designing it? From lighting to the ceiling and the sound that bounces between the walls, many elements should be considered. For a full list of ideas, take a look at our blog on office trends here.

  • What is flexible office space? A flexible office space is a type of workspace designed to provide employees with a variety of different places and ways to work. This includes working from home, keeping high-traffic areas free from working spaces, creating quiet places to work, using adaptable furniture, and more.

  • How to decorate a home office space? Your home office should be a space where you can get the peace and quiet to get your work done (without disruptions and annoying noises). But what can be added to give you that tranquil space? Read our blog to learn how acoustic panels, greenery, and the right colors can give you the perfect interior design.

Textile FAQ’s

Generic Queries

  • How do I order my samples?
    • Samples may be ordered through your local sales rep or on our website through a direct order process. Samples are shipped via ground unless expedited services are required. Unika Vaev offers memo-sized samples only. Larger samples for mockups may be requested.
  • How can I filter to see one color range?
    • Select the Unika Color Tool and choose the color range you are looking for. All associated products within that color range will be displayed.
  • How is pricing quoted?
    • All textile prices are NET prices. 
  • How can I find specific test results for textiles?
    • All test results and certifications are shown on each individual product page. Copies of test certificates are available upon request.
  • How do I develop a custom weave or color?
    • Unika Vaev offers full custom design services. Please work with your local sales representative or your customer service representative to help begin this process.
  • How are textiles sold?
    • Textiles are sold by the yard. The minimum order quantity is one yard, and the product is sold to the nearest .10 yard.

Consumer Queries

  • What is a CFA (cutting for approval)?
    • This is a small sample of fabric that is typically requested before ordering a fabric to verify things such as color, pattern design, and construction. 
  • What is Attic Stock?
    • Attic Stock is additional fabric held in storage that is intended for replacement as needed.
  • What is a Dye lot?
    • A quantity of textile fiber, yarn, or woven goods dyed in one production run. Lot size can vary greatly depending on the mill or finishing plant’s dyeing process and equipment.
  • What is Abrasion?
    • Abrasion is the surface wear of a fabric caused by rubbing and contact with another fabric. There are two standards to determine this: the Martindale test and the Wyzenbeek test.
  • What is the Martindale test?
    • This is a fabric abrasion test method that employs the Martindale machine to test fabric using worsted wool as the abradant. It is an oscillating test in which pressure is specified, fabric samples are mounted flat and rubbed in a figure-eight motion, and the results are measured in the number of cycles achieved before noticeable wear is apparent. The number of cycles before apparent wear and yarn breakage determine the abrasion rating.
  • What is a Wyzenbeek test?
    • This refers to a fabric abrasion test method that uses the Wyzenbeek machine to test fabric using cotton duck as the abradant. Samples of the test fabric are pulled tight in a frame and held stationary while the abradant is rubbed over the test fabric. Each back-and-forth motion is referred to as a “double rub.” The number of double rubs achieved depends on an assessment of both noticeable wear and the number of yarn breaks.
  • What is the difference between yarn and thread?
    • Yarn is a continuous twisted strand of wool, cotton, or synthetic fiber used for the purpose of knitting or weaving. Thread is a fine cord made up of two or more twisted fibers used in sewing or weaving.
  • What is the Polyurethane?
    • Polyurethane is a composite material consisting of one or more layers of polymer resins combined with urethane inks and a woven or non-woven textile backing such as polyester, cotton, nylon, or ground leather.
  • What is PVC?
    • Vinyl is commonly used as a shorthand name for PVC (Polyvinyl chloride), a synthetic thermoplastic polymer made from vinyl chloride. In addition to its stable physical properties, PVC has transparency, chemical resistance, long-term stability, and good weatherability.
  • What is Boucle’?
    • This is a novelty yarn with bumps and loops; it is used to create a fabric that exhibits a knotty, loopy surface texture.