Rugs

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Ready for winter?

As everyone knows, the long range weather forecast is rarely worth the paper it is printed on, so whether they are forecasting big freezes or the mildest winter since records began is really fairly immaterial. But it is worth doing a bit of work around the house to winter-proof it, especially following the reasonably mild weather that the UK has enjoyed this year so far.

heat loss diagram

Draughty windows

You can easily lose a lot of heat out of an ill-fitting window and you can just as easily stop the loss. There are various films you can attach across a window, taping it down and shrinking it to fit with a hair dryer but most people would agree that it looks totally hideous and it is a bit of a moot point whether you save that much when you allow for wastage and the cost of the hairdryer in the first place! The very best way of stopping draughts from windows is to draw the curtains and this works in all but the room you use in the day – it might be a bit gloomy in there, it’s true. If draughty doors are your problem, some draught excluder will soon stop the loss of warm air and a hall runner pushed up against the bottom of a front door will make a huge difference to the whole house.


Stripped floorboards can cause cold rooms

Pride of Place for economy rugs and runners

If you are feeling that your home is beginning to look a bit tired and gloomy, don’t go to the expense of a complete makeover or – even more expensive – move. Just take a slow walk around and see if in fact it is just a few places that need a little bit of a smarten up. We bet it will be your hall, landing and possibly the living room.

Were we right? Thought so – and we can help you with the solution. All you need to make these slightly tatty areas bright and breezy again is a new rug or hall runner. And you don’t have to worry about the cost either because at we have loads of economy rugs and runners that will look just great in your home.

Taking the hall first, it is an area that often gets overlooked when it comes to decor which is a bit of a shame because it is the bit that everyone sees first. In fact, if you take into account the number of people you open the door to who never get beyond the front step, the hall is seen by far more people than any other part of the house. Many halls these days have laminate flooring of some description and although this makes it easy to clean up this kind of surface can look a little dull and unwelcoming. An economy runner, carefully chosen to pick up a colour from the walls, curtains or furniture can be given pride of place and no one will know it didn’t cost very much money.

Hawaii Rugs styled with a floral tropics design


At a recent exhibition in Harrogate I stumbled upon an interesting floral rug design concept. While the design was by no means unique it did have hints of North American trends and the botanical essence of tropical Hawaii. The floral rugs designed with bold flowers much like the Hawaiian shirts and the colouring are subtly and tastefully contrasted to bring the tropics to your home. I can tell when good quality wool has been used to make a rug by the clarity of the yarn colour, cheaper yarn produces duller colours. The carving has been painstakingly etched by hand into the rug to bring floral rudiments of the design to life. As the rug is hand tufted the backing is jute.

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