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You Can't Beat a Beautiful Rug...

Rugs are often an important part of an interior design scheme, and for a variety of reasons, both practical and aesthetic. Wood and stone floors are beautiful, but there are also places where it's simply more comfortable to have something soft and warm underfoot.

In a living or drawing room a rug can be a valuable focal feature; indeed an interesting rug is often the most prominent item in the room and a patterned or multi-coloured rug can pull together a myriad of different colours or styles. Conversely sometimes something calm and contemplative is required, with exquisite textural qualities or subtle aesthetic detail.

In a large open plan space, one or more rugs can be used to define and separate sitting and dining  areas, though it is best to avoid having two strong "feature" rugs competing for centre stage. Their textural depth and softness helps absorb sound waves in any scheme with a large expanse of hard flooring.

An antique or traditional hand-woven rug will complement a classic scheme, but can work equally well in a contemporary setting. Vice versa, a contemporary rug can provide a real lift to a period home and many work startlingly well when juxtaposed with antiques, particularly geometrics. This applies in all areas of the home, from entrance halls to bedrooms, kitchens and even bathrooms.

Classic rugs like Berbers, Ikats and Kilims are timeless and will never go out of fashion and there are currently some fun recycled traditional styles, such as this vintage patchwork from the Handmade Rug Company. In the Erased Heritage collection for Front London Jan Kath has used a process to deliberately wear and age rugs which are then re-dyed, with striking artistic re-interpretation; these will surely become contemporary classics.

Other rug designers are using traditional techniques in contemporary colours and materials to create an exciting new genre of statement rugs; we love the zany Kaya hand-tufted rug from A Rum Fellow, and Stark's Synthesis Jubilee from the Nairamat Tibetan Collection.

Here are some of our current favourites, rugs that we've recently purchase or considered including in projects for our clients:


Karl Popper - Luke Irwin

Rug KarlPopper

Claudius Poppy - Luke Irwin

Rug MosaicCollection

Mamounia Sky for Rug Company - Martyn Lawrence Bullark

Rug MamouniaSky

Branches in Sky - Tania Johnson

Rug Branches_in_sky

Kilim Runner - Liberty London

Kilim Liberty

Synthesis Jubilee

Rug Nair

Maze II - Jennifer Manners

Rug JenManners

Vintage Patchwork Rug - Handmade Rug Company

Rug VintagePatchwork

Erased Heritage - Front London

Rug Erased_Heritage

Erased Heritage - Jan Kath

Rug Erased_Heritage11

A Rum Fellow - Kaya

Rug Kaya

 Peacock Light - Matthew Williamson

Rug PeacockLight

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