Design Ally: Xorel Artform Design FAQ

Design Ally, Creative Resourcing FAQs

Your questions, answered! Below we address some of our most frequently asked questions.

How should I specify Xorel Artform?

  1. Shape
  2. Size(s)
  3. Substrate(s)
  4. Installation Method
  5. Fabric(s)
  6. # of boxes

Xorel Artform is sold in box sets.

Box sets include panels that are the same shape, size, substrate, fabric and color. Installation materials and printed installation guides are also included. For more information view our pricing page.

How many Xorel Artform shapes are there?

Xorel Artform offers 18 shapes in a variety of scales and 3D options.

Can I get samples?

Memo samples are provided and can be requested through or Quality samples can be loaned and mockups can be provided for large specified projects.

How is Xorel Artform made?

Xorel Artform is made with the computer-aided manufacturing machines. Artform shapes are cut and then hand-upholstered with Xorel by skilled workers with 30+ years of experience.

What is Quiet-Core™️?

Quiet-Core is a high performance acoustical substrate. It is a formaldehyde free substrate and has a lining on the back of the panel for easy handling.

Is Quiet-Core™️ tackable?

Quiet-Core is not recommended for tackable use, however Quiet-Core Plus™️ is the recommended substrate when both an acoustical and tackable solution is needed.

How are the panels sold?

Xorel Artform is priced and sold in box sets of the same shape, size, substrate, fabric, and color. Each box arrives at the job site securely packed and includes all installation and adhesive materials.

To place orders, request samples or for other general information, please contact Carnegie Sales Services,, or your local sales representative.

What is Mi-Core™️?

Mi-Core is a dense mineral fiberboard made of inorganic materials.

When should Mi-Core™️ be used?

Mi-Core is great when you need to be able to tack objects to the panels. Since it’s a dense material, Mi-Core is also recommended in high traffic areas where people may bump into the panels often.

Is Mi-Core™️ acoustical?

Mi-Core is only moderately acoustical—it has an NRC rating of 0.3 wrapped in Xorel.

What is NRC?

NRC stands for the Noise Reduction Coefficient. It measures how much sound the panel absorbs.

What is the NRC rating of Xorel Artform with the Quiet-Core™️ substrate?

The Quiet-Core substrate has an NRC of 0.70 when wrapped with Xorel.

What is the NRC rating for Xorel Artform Baffles?

Xorel Artform Baffles have an NRC rating of 1.05.

How many panels are necessary to effectively reduce the noise in a space?

Carnegie can only provide the NRC for Xorel Artform panels. Acoustical test results can be found on Determining how much noise will be absorbed or mitigated cannot be done without considering all materials in a space; hard surfaces (ex. glass, concrete, etc), soft surfaces (ex. carpet, drapery, etc) as well as the size of the space. An evaluation like this can only be done by an Acoustician or Acoustical Engineering Company.

Can you use Mi-Core™️ and Quiet-Core™️ on the same wall?

Yes, as long as the panels are the same shape and size.

What are the panel thicknesses?

Quiet-Core is available in 1” thickness and Mi-Core is available in 1/2” and 3/4” thickness. Artform 3D panels are 1 7/8” thick.

Are Xorel Artform 3D shapes tackable?

Xorel Artform 3D is available in the Quiet-Core substrate, and Quiet-Core is not recommended for tackable use.

Are the side edges exposed on the panels?

No, the panel’s edges are fabric wrapped—all the way around to the back of the panel.

How small is the bevel on the panel?

The bevel is 3/16”.

If a somewhat transparent white Xorel fabric is specified, will the substrate be visible behind it?

For transparent fabrics, we offer a white liner available for the Quiet-Core substrate. Mi-Core is not available with a liner, so it may change the fabric color slightly.

Is there pricing per square foot ?

Square foot pricing is completely up to the designer. Xorel Artform is a flexible design system which can span a wide range of budget needs based on design, creativity and composition. Cost is relative to the area that’s covered and the shape and size affects coverage and cost.

Is there a warranty for Xorel Artform?

We warranty Xorel Artform panels for a period of 5 years from purchase date. Any Xorel Artform panels that are defective in workmanship or materials (adhesive, velcro or ceiling suspension hardware*) will be replaced at no charge. Ordinary wear and tear, unacceptable temperature/humidity variation, poor installation methodology and abuse or neglect is excluded.

How do you install the panels?

Xorel Artform is very easy to install using any one of the following installation methods:

  • Quick Grab Method (wall and ceiling flush mounting)
  • Quick Grab Concrete Method (wall and ceiling flush mounting)
  • Velcro Method (wall flush mounting ONLY)
  • 3M Command Strip Method (wall flush mounting ONLY)
  • Horizontal Suspension - Tiled (tiling 3 or more suspended panels together)
  • Horizontal Suspension - Individual (suspending panels individually)
  • Vertical Suspension (suspending baffles) 

Installation materials are included with every shipment. In most cases, all an installer needs is a laser/level, caulk gun and hammer. Installation guides for all of the above methods can be found on the Installation page.

What is the Quick Grab adhesive?

The Quick Grab adhesive is a construction adhesive that is VOC-compliant, with very low odor, so there is little to no off gassing. It fits standard caulk guns for an easy installation.

Who installs Xorel Artform?

Panel subcontractors, wallcovering subcontractors, painting subcontractors and facility maintenance companies.

Are there installers that specialize in Xorel Artform?

Yes, a list of Preferred Installers can be found on

How long does Xorel Artform take to install?

2 walls approx, 10’ x 10’, can be installed in as little as one day. This minimizes installation costs.

Are there installation instructions?

Printed installation instructions are included in every box shipment. Printable instructions can be obtained on the Xorel Arform Downloads Page, and you can also view a detailed installation video on our videos page.

Can Xorel Artform be used directly on concrete?

Xorel Artform can be installed on flat and smooth concrete surfaces with Quick Grab Concrete. Textured surfaces could potentially result in an uneven installation.

Will the wall be damaged if panels are taken down?

All installation methods for Xorel Artform are permanent. When panels are taken down, the wall will need to be refinished.

Can Xorel Artform be cut on site?

If the purpose of cutting the panels is for an outlet box/recessed lighting, yes, Xorel Artform can be cut in the field. Xorel Artform should not be cut for any other reason (ex. scored and folded to fit a slight angle/corner, cutting to fit panels flush to the floor/ceiling/corners, etc). Cutting panels on-site for these reasons will void the warranty.

Can Xorel Artform be installed on plaster walls?

Yes, Xorel Artform can be installed on plaster walls using the Quick Grab Installation Method.

Can artwork be installed on Xorel Artform?

A lightweight piece of artwork (under 10 lbs) can be installed on the Mi-Core substrate only.

Can Xorel Artform be suspended from ceilings?

Xorel Artform can be suspended from ceilings. The panels would be manufactured with additional substrates and cable system, and they ship ready-to-install. Additional costs will apply.

Can Xorel Artform be suspended from ceilings?

Xorel Artform can be suspended from ceilings. The panels would be manufactured with additional substrates and cable system, and they ship ready-to-install. Additional costs will apply.

Can Artform baffles be horizontally suspended from the ceiling?

Xorel Artform baffles are designed to be vertically suspended, however most of the Xorel Artform shapes available for wall application can be suspended in a horizontal orientation.

What's the shortest length a cable / hanging rod can be cut to when installing a horizontally suspended panel?

For horizontally suspended tiled panels, 8" minimum. For horizontally suspended individual panels, 12" minimum.

What's the shortest length a cable / hanging rod can be cut to when installing a baffle?

3" minimum.

Can other fabrics besides Xorel fabrics be used on Artform panels?

Additional Xorel and Carnegie textiles allow for endless custom possibilities. Contact your Sales Representative or Carnegie Sales Services for all inquiries and cost projections. The Carnegie Creative Studio can assist in realizing your Artform vision.

Can custom shapes be created?

A custom shape concept can be submitted for review. Product engineers review the concept for proper tiling functions. If the custom shape can be upholstered properly, quotes can be generated. Minimums and design/mockup fee will apply and vary based on request.

Can the shapes be cut in half—vertically and horizontally?

Shapes Circle, Diamond, Flip, Hex, Tall Hex and Waveline can be cut in half (horizontally and vertically). Scale and 3D shapes cannot be cut in half.

Can Xorel Artform panels go flush from floor to ceiling, flush side-to-side on a wall?

Unlike “plain” standard wall panels (i.e. 4’ x 8’ rectangles) Xorel Artform panel shapes are not designed to fit flush. Much like “art”, Xorel Artform panels are set within the wall space. The placement and measurements for application are under the direction of the specifier.

Are Xorel Artform Baffles available without a seam?

The seam is a result of the uniqueness of Carnegie's Baffle Collection where our panels are two-sided, and it is encouraged to use textiles that compliment each other to create innovative design solutions.

Are Artform 3D shapes tackable?

Artform 3D is available in the Quiet-Core substrate and Quiet-Core is not recommended for tackable use.

Can more than 1 color be used on a baffle?

Up to 2 colors per box can be specified on Baffles.

We are your Design Ally

Sample Curation That Offers Solutions

Share your inspired thoughts and ideas—from color and pattern, to function and price—and Carnegie’s Creative Studio designers will curate a personalized project solution that fits your criteria.

A Dedicated Design Service

When time is of the essence and creativity can’t be compromised, lean on us.

Our Xorel Artform team is here to help by quickly delivering layouts, renderings and budget projections to support your project requirements.

Signature Expressions

Looking for a bespoke solution or want to realize a specific design vision? We understand that projects sometimes require materials that are nearly impossible to find.

Think of our studio as an extension of your studio.

Your Technical Helpline

As your ally, we sweat the design and technical details. Whether you have a product- or application-related question, consider us your technical helpline.

Ongoing Education

Learn at your office, in person, or via webinars. We make it easy to stay informed and up-to-date with continuing education.

We're Here to Help

Connect in ways that best suit your work style. With local, on-the ground sales representatives plus our dedicated sales services team, we are eager to provide the information you need to address any challenge.