Designer rugs & carpets

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Nothing beats the feel of carpet underneath your feet, nor is there any other texture for the house that gives an aura of warmth and cosiness to our floors. For centuries, carpet and rugs have been used to add colour, texture and dimension to a space, and often times, can give the room in which they are placed, a totally different look and feel. Recent years, due to an overwhelming shift to Scandinavian minimalism, carpeted floors have been ripped up and replaced with laminate or snap-lock timber floor panels. A crying shame, in our opinion, as carpet and rugs give a warm and inviting atmosphere to a space that cannot be replicated by any other flooring material.

Nowadays, the range of materials and styles available is endless. To combat the changes in residential interior design, we are seeing carpet floor tiles, stain resistant materials and even a return to the popular shaggy style rugs of the 60s and 70s. Today, with the help of our homify UK experts, we have a stunning range of rugs and carpets to help troubleshoot your home decorating problems. In this ideabook, you will find ways to decorate your hall, bedroom, and living rooms, to name a few. Take a look…

Stairway to heaven

Fabulous colour Diamond:  Corridor & hallway by Wools of New Zealand
Wools of New Zealand

Fabulous colour Diamond

Wools of New Zealand

Staircases are a high traffic area in the home; busy family life means we are constantly running up and down between levels. The problem with this, is that if unprotected, our stairs will sustain all sorts of damage if not treated accordingly. The best way to avoid structural problems, and even broken, splintered steps, is to protect the area with a carpet runner. As you can see, the stunning chevron tufted pattern by Wools of New Zealand’s partner Crucial Trading, highlights the beautiful navy blue wall paint, as well as adds depth and texture to the space.

Wools of New Zealand partners with manufacturers from around the world to promote sustainability via the carpets created from Laneve wool. All products are 100% natural, and only contain ethically produced wool from their list of accredited growers.

Subtle patterns

Texture can be achieved really easily when it comes to carpet, and as you can see here, again by Wools of New Zealand, it doesn't need to be bold or loud to make an impact. Keeping with a muted colour palette of grey and white, the carpet in shade Fossil, with its tufted, wave-like pattern, gives an extra dimension to this modern bedroom. More often than not, we assume that walls and soft furnishings give movement to a space, and therefore, we neglect the floors. But is is definitely not the case. This example goes to show that carpet is not in the slightest way outdated or boring, in fact, nothing will feel better under your feet first thing on a cold winter's morning than a fine wool blend.

From the Orient

With inspiration from a trip to Marrakesh, Loaf returned to London with this soft blue rug, or traditionally known as a kilim, to fit into a wide range of interior décor styles. Currently in their French Bedroom range, this rug will suit a variety of homes. From French provincial, to Scandinavian simplicity, you can be sure that a muted rug, with only small details, will blend seamlessly into any surroundings that it is placed. Again, this is suitable for a bedroom or living room, placed underneath a bed or sofa. Like the picture suggests, you can take off your slippers and enjoy the feeling of a handmade yarn rug under your feet.

Soft to touch

Heavy Velvet:  Walls & flooring by Jacaranda
Jacaranda

Heavy Velvet

Jacaranda

Hand-woven from 100% wool, this stunning slate coloured carpet from Jacaranda, adds a regal and opulent aura to this space. Blue is a naturally soothing colour, and is synonymous with relaxation and respite. In saying that, you can place a carpet such as this within any space you desire to evoke feelings of calm and serenity. This particular carpet comes in a wide range of colour ways, so if you are after pure luxury, you can find a tone to match a new, or existing space in your home. This example shows that a plain finish can be just as exciting as a patterned or ornate carpet, yet is far easier to complement and match with its elegant simplicity. 

Exotica

Nyala Rug:  Household by From Africa
From Africa

Nyala Rug

From Africa

For those who prefer something a little more exotic, or are looking to team a rug with a tribal or ethnic styled room, you can't look past a fur rug. The Nyala rug designed by From Africa, a company that is dedicated to providing fur and leather products which adhere to strict African wildlife and importation laws. Each piece is made from ethically sourced raw materials, meaning that no two samples will ever be the same. The unique star burst pattern, coupled with delicate fawn, black and white colours, creates an easy to match colour palette. We are sure you will find the suitable spot for this in your home!

Sustainable matters

Otago Design's first collection:  Household by Otago Design
Otago Design

Otago Design's first collection

Otago Design

Otago Design are dedicated to supplying sustainable decorating options from marginalised and poor communities. By doing this, they have been able to achieve fine objects, created with timeless artisanal techniques that cannot be replicated in a factory. Today, round rugs have made a huge comeback into the interior design realm. As our spaces are getting smaller and smaller, from time to time, we are finding that rectangular or square rugs no longer fit the dimensions of our room. A circle or round mat, easily fits underneath any chair or bed, allowing the occupants to have all the creature comforts they desire. 

Note: Otago Design are in partnership with NEST, a non profit organisation who supports artisans to build sustainable businesses, promoting entrepreneurship and prosperity through trade.

What are your best and worst experiences with carpet and rugs? Let us know in the comments below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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