Marquee floor matting world first: PapaFlex FR


PapaShop announces the launch of the world’s only Fire Retardant marquee and temporary event woven matting.

After years of development, in 2017 PapaShop launched PapaFlex, a range of durable event matting for outdoor events, offering customers a new choice of weave pattern and more natural aesthetic.

Well received, PapaFlex is now sold to 6 countries worldwide and is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. However, with Health & Safety regulatory pressure increasing, PapaShop recognised the requirement to demonstrate and certify the safe performance of their products for use at public and private events.

Announcing PapaFlex FR, the latest addition to the PapaShop product range, and the first such product to be certified as Fire Retardant.

A world’s first for marquee matting, PapaFlex FR surpasses BS4790: the standard for reusable floor coverings as specified in the ISE’s Temporary Demountable Structures Guide, and MUTA’s Best Practice Guide. Simultaneously it passed ASTM D2859 standard, for international markets.

PapaShop was founded in 2017 by a team of Product Designers – with a keen eye on market trends. Looking beyond the Event Industry’s sphere, the first products were inspired by the use of natural materials and finishes in interiors. Identifying an increasing demand for similar products in the Events Industry, a range of furnishings and event accessories was developed with the inherent ability to cope with the rigours of event use.

PapaShop CEO, Richard Monaghan comments “PapaFlex FR matting demonstrates PapaShop’s commitment to product innovation and developing solutions with a positive impact for our customers. We’re really pleased with the results – returning a staggering 625% improvement over existing polypropylene woven matting products: reassuring as regulatory developments bring our industry under closer scrutiny. We’ll be delivering PapaFlex FR matting both to the UK and worldwide, expecting strong sales in the US, where FR regulations are required and strict.”

PapaFlex FR will be an addition to PapaShop’s current range of matting, with standard PapaFlex remaining available for suitable applications.

First deliveries of PapaFlex FR are scheduled for the last quarter of 2019.


  • –  PapaShop is a subsidiary of the UK’s largest Tipi and Sperry company PapaKåta, who hire both tipi’s and Sperry tents to events across the country from their three bases in Oxfordshire, Perth and Yorkshire.
  • –  PapaShop offer the rental market a refined edit of furnishings and event matting, with no compromise on function and a unique understanding of the need for hard-wearing, event- tested products.
  • –  Servicing the UK and International events industry with clients spanning the globe including the US, New Zealand and Australia.
  • –  PapaShop Headquarters: 1 Lancaster Close, Sherburn-in-Elmet, LS25 6NS in Yorkshire. For more information, visit for Sales and Press enquiries please contact: 01904 702100

PapaShop will be exhibiting at The Showman’s Show with Tentipi on Avenue E, Stand 284

PapaShop will be exhibiting at The Showman’s Show with CoverMarque on Avenue G, Stand 128

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