Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Europe Exhibitor Omexco has designed eco-friendly wall coverings since 1976. Omexco uses recycled fibres and favours renewable energy for the production process. As well as this, they opt for products with a non-harmful base alongside renewable materials such as cork or recycled sari silk. By custom cutting their textiles, Omexco makes efforts to reduce waste with every order.

While often seen as a supporting element of cruise ship design, wall coverings are crucial to setting the foundation of a good design, occasionally providing the starting point from which colours and textiles are defined. In cruise ship design, wall coverings face a multitude of unique demands, needing to provide an aesthetically pleasing backdrop for interior spaces while also complying with IMO regulations that require coverings to be fire resistant.

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Key trends in wall coverings

Wall coverings face the same design and production challenges as all other materials in the cruise industry. The most critical and topical of these challenges are sustainability and hygiene. These are quickly becoming essential in the design and production of wall coverings.

high performance texture green wall behind a table and chairs
Cruise wall coverings must be able to withstand high levels of cleaning


As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, sustainable practices and materials are now of utmost importance when sourcing suppliers. When it comes to wall coverings in cruise, it is vital to ensure that the materials used are more eco-friendly. Additionally, several steps can be taken to ensure a sustainable design, from reducing waste to using recycled materials.


While hygiene practices were already at a high standard within the cruise industry, the recent COVID-19 pandemic has boosted rapid hygiene-conscious innovations. As the cruise industry now begins to reopen, it is key for cruise lines to consider whether the materials used in their designs, including wall coverings, can withstand the increased level of cleaning required for the return of cruising.

Omexco presents High Performance Textures

Omexco is launching a new product line – High Performance Textures. Created as an alternative to vinyl, High Performance Textures aims to contribute to a better planet, meeting essential technical standards while remaining eco-conscious. As a result, High Performance Textures are manufactured with recycled fibres. These are produced with solar energy, printed with water soluble inks, without heavy metals, and feature no PVC.

High Performance Textures are made using recycled fibres

Omexco High Performance Textures are strong and resistant and to comply with IMO regulations, they are fire-retardant. The wall coverings also boast an anti-bacterial finish and are washable, meaning they can withstand increased cleaning regimens adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

High Performance Textures come in an unlimited custom colourway in Denim, Abaca, Silky, Tussah, and Linen textiles. This wide selection means Omexco High Performance Textures can suit any cruise interior.

Omexco will be exhibiting at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Europe on stand 433. Register for free to unite with the cruise interiors community on 1 – 2 December 2021 at ExCeL London.