Our Story

50 Years Experience

Founded in 1970, Continental Carpets has been installing high quality floor coverings across south east Queensland.



Our success can be contributed to our uncompromising dedication to quality and service. Unlike many of our more ‘youthful’ competitors, Continental Carpets places greater emphasis on ensuring the end user is 100% satisfied with their installation. 



We have always maintained that we do not simply sell our clients carpet, we sell them service, peace of mind, and a guarantee that their floor covering solution will meet their needs and expectations every time.



We also have the advantage of experience.



The family who founded Continental Carpets, and runs it today, was the family who invented the carpet tile. It was in a factory in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, that P.J. van Heugten first began manufacturing bitumen backed carpet tiles which could be loose-laid wall to wall.



It was the grandson of the inventor who established Continental Carpets in Brisbane and specialised in importing the new European carpet tiles into the emerging Brisbane Market.



To this day, we use our natural advantage in the market to deliver floor covering solutions to a wide variety of clients from international corporations to government departments, primary schools to universities. Our services cover all commercial projects from million-dollar boutique hotels on the Gold Coast to the small offices of local start-ups.



Our well-developed supplier network ensures that we can source just about any carpet tile, vinyl or rubber product that can be installed in a commercial project. We also have the capacity to sell factory seconds and end-of-project spares direct to the public for a fraction of our competitor’s cost.

Continental Carpets Team

Graham Schleehauf

managering director

Graham has been with Continental Carpets since 1979. During this period, Graham has developed an extensive client base which includes some of Australia’s most respected companies. As a part of his role, Graham ensures that the highest standards of craftsmanship are achieved and encourages the further training and upskilling of all employees.

Bernadette Harkins

operations manager

Bernadette has over 40 years of experience in administration and works closely with the team to develop and implement administrative strategies, policies, and practices. She ensures organisational effectiveness by managing the company’s finances and provides leadership for the administrative functions of the company.



Don Clifford

Commercial Sales

Coming from a background in the construction industry, Don knows exactly what our clients expect from a floor covering company. With a few industry awards under his belt, Don oversees our commercial estimating division by delivering highly competitive quotes to clients.


Michael Thannhauser

retail sales manager

Michael’s role encompasses managing retail sales from our showroom as well as handling stock control & logistics. Michael also manages our international product sourcing division in which he facilitates the importation process directly from several locations globally. Michael’s product knowledge is comprehensive, which stems from his time also spent working in factories in Europe & Australia. Michael has & continues to contribute extensively to our family business.

Mark Hanrahan​

Commercial Sales

In his role as a project manager, Mark is the driving force behind the successful completion of our projects. His extreme attention to detail and vast industry knowledge ensures the needs and expectations of our clientele are being exceeded for every project.



Harry Schleehauf


Coordinating with both Don and Mark, Harry is the estimator who oversees our education division along with providing support on other projects.  Harry ensures that all upcoming projects are compliant with the current legislature and Workplace Health and Safety requirements.

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