Posted July 15, 2018 05:19:23 Textiles are now considered one of the cheapest commodities to produce in Australia, thanks to a dramatic rise in the price of the commodity in recent years.
A survey by Australian Furniture Council of more than 500 industry experts suggests a single square metre of textiles can be sold for $0.09 per square foot, or around two cents per square cent.
That is up from $0-0.1 cents per cubic metre in 2014, the survey found.
That means an average Victorian household would pay $3.36 per square kilometre for a single-storey flat of textured carpet.
The price is even higher in Melbourne, where a single metre of carpet would cost $3,819.
The survey found that the average household would spend $3 on a carpeting supply, a more than five-fold increase from a decade ago.
Photo: Supplied But the cost of producing textiles is rising faster than demand, with the number of square metres of carpet being cut in half over the past 10 years.
The number of textile orders fell by 30 per cent between 2015 and 2020.
This is partly due to the introduction of a new textile manufacturing rule in 2018, which saw many retailers introduce cheaper alternative products.
The average price of a single carpet rose from $2.39 to $3 per square metres in the same period.
The retail price of an average floor-length carpet rose by 25 per cent from $5.20 to $9.60.
But in some markets the price rises are even more pronounced.
In Sydney, for example, the average price rose by nearly $40 per square meter.
But a flat of carpeting with a length of 30 metres would cost more than $1,000, and the average floor length of a carpet would be cut in two.
“We’ve seen some price increases in Sydney, but the real cost of carpet is very high,” said David Tillett, who heads the Australian Furnishings Council’s textiles research unit.
“People are willing to pay a little bit more for that material, but it is really just about the cost to produce the material.”
He said some of the demand for carpeting in Sydney was due to “a lot of people not really paying much attention to the cost”.
He said many of the cheaper alternatives were being “overpriced” in comparison with the quality of the material being used.
“If you compare a carpet of the same length to a carpet with a slightly higher quality of fibres, that’s not necessarily a price difference,” Mr Tillet said.
“But in some places, you have people paying a lot more for a carpet that has a higher quality fibres.”
The Australian Furnishing Council survey found the average residential carpet in Sydney cost $4,300 in 2015.
This includes $3 for each square metre in length and $2 for each metre in height.
A flat of carpets of this length would cost around $1.60 per square m².
Photo of David Tilett: David Tiltett said the cost was much higher than what people were used to paying for carpets.
“They are a bit more expensive than they used to be, but that’s still not a big difference,” he said.
The cost of making a carpet can vary widely, depending on the location, but an average carpet would run about $1 to $1 in Sydney and around $2 to $2 in Melbourne.
“The average price is much higher in some areas than in others, and that is because of the way in which you make the carpet,” Mr Dutta said.
He said the main factor in determining the price was the amount of fibre required to make the product.
The Australian Fibre Council said a carpet had to be made of a mix of “natural fibres” and “synthetic fibres”.
It said it was common for “sourcing” factories to add “sugar, starch and other ingredients” to the carpet, making it more expensive.
Mr Tilttt said the Australian Fibres Council had not received any reports of this, adding that most manufacturers were now sourcing their fibre locally.
“What we do know is that some suppliers have actually taken on a much higher quality fibre than the ones that they normally use,” he added.
“That’s what makes the carpet so expensive, it’s not just the fibres.
There are other components like a fibre coating, a glue or a fibre cement.”
Mr Tils said consumers were often willing to spend more on carpet than they were used by, because they were not used to it.
“There’s a misconception out there about how cheap carpets are, but they are actually not cheap,” he told 7.30.
“It is a very high quality product, and it is going to be worth it if you’re looking for something that