Rugs for all ages

February 18th, 2011 by Natalie

Is your living room looking bare and cold? Well without completely overhauling your room with new wallpaper and furniture then how about choosing a brightly colour rug or even a patterned rug to add interest to a bare wooden floor, choose art that will compliment your rug and then the rug doesn’t feel like a complete anomaly. A rug is a convenient of making your room look different and also bring the attention to the floor so even if the walls are floor to ceiling magnolia the room will still feel comfortable and warm.

Are the bedrooms in your house looking like they need a make over, then choose a new rug, we have a range of children’s rugs that are suitable for all ages from toddler to young adult. If your teenager is feeling more grown up there are plenty of sophisticated rugs that could suit their tastes.

You may find a rug that is the the inspiration for renovating your room, take a look at our rugs and if there is nothing you like or you have a bespoke idea in mind then please contact sales@rugdesigner.co.uk

Rules for choosing the right size rug for your rooms

February 16th, 2011 by Natalie

Runners-This protects wood floors while adding warmth and softness to high-traffic areas like stairs and hallways.  The standard size is 2′ 3″ x 8′. To get the placement right, allow at least 4″ of space along the sides of the runner parallel to the walls or edge of steps.
In a corridor, keep a close eye on proportion. Standard runners may be too narrow, so fit accordingly
Just remember that the gap between rug and walls should be no more than one-third the width of the runner.

Accent rugs are small (usually 2ft x 3ft), adding instant color and pattern and they can be moved whenever you feel like it! To position an accent rug the right distance from a piece of furniture, wall or cabinet, take the width of the rug and divide it in half. The number you’re left with is the maximum distance the rug should be placed from the furniture. Think about using two or three rugs in complimentary colors to break up a long, narrow hallway or corridor.

The next best thing to a wall-to-wall rug is a full-size one. If you want to showcase the floors, pick a rug that is smaller than your room. As a standard decorator rule a full-size rug should be placed within 18 inches of at least two of the walls, if you have cabinets or book shelves then measure for the edge of those instead of the wall. The legs of the main furniture pieces should be on the rug. Make an exception for wall-hugging pieces like a large china cabinet; this should be completely off the wall. Picking a full-sized rug in a centralized position in a room helps bring attention to its main focal point.

Handmade Rugs

February 6th, 2011 by Natalie
To make an original hooked rug, you will need the following-  wool cloth scraps torn into 6mm strips, a rug hook, burlap or linen backing please not that this should have a design drawn onto it, an embroider hoop or rug hooking frame.

If you choose to go with a prepared kit, you will get rug hooking jute that has a silk-screen design on it, also a color location chart, rug hook, 100 percent wool cable yarn, rug hook and rug binding. One advantage of the kits is a color photo you can refer to so you can check your progress as you are working. Rug hooking is a crafting and hooking technique developed by housewives in pioneer times in America who were trying to create a warmer, more comfortable environment inside their home. Back then the floors were damp and cold and pioneer families would pitch in to help create these rugs.

METHOD

Fasten your pattern (the linen or burlap backing) onto a stretcher bar, hoop or a rug hooking frame. Cut the strips of wool to approximately 6mm wide and at least 20cm long. Hold your hook in your dominant hand and hold the strip of wool in the other hand. Push your hook down through the backing, catch the wool and pull it up through the burlap. Make sure you pull the first end up through to the top of the burlap as well, continue your hooking, loop by loop, making loops all the same height. Space your loops approximately three burlap strands apart so you don’t crowd your loops too much.

Rug Sculpturing

February 4th, 2011 by Natalie

Can rug hooking be used to make anything other than flat rugs? Well I never thought it was possible but as I was browsing through Etsy- a online folk art shopping website, I stubbled upon a woman who makes sculptures out of wool using the rug hooking technique. If a giant pineapple is not your idea of a centre piece for your dining room table, never fear as there are a lot of other designs to choose for as well as flat penny rugs that she has also made by hand. All of her products are 100% wool and naturally dyed.

I thought that her modern and contemporary take on the old technique is ingenious and I would very much like to get my hands on one of her cool creations, if only I had around $300 lying around.

What I like about rugs is…

January 30th, 2011 by Natalie

That they can make any place homely. As I was walking through a shopping mall in london earlier this week I walked past a large rug with chairs and coffee tables on. The scene, with small children playing with their parents and another couple snuggled up together on a sofa made it feel like I was looking through someones window to a living room. It felt rather strange and surreal but then again very homey and welcoming.

I think that if the large shaped rug was not there then it wouldn’t have given me this impression, instead it would of just looked like randomly place furniture in a shopping centre. I believe that the rug and comfy chairs are a nice relief from the hard marble floor and glass ceilings that most shopping centres have.

I like rugs because they can make people instantly feel at home.

Arty rugs

January 28th, 2011 by Natalie

Rugs don’t have to me comforting on just your feet, it can also be pleasing on the eye. Crazily, people have hung rugs on their wall as a work of art, with the pile being carved into it is easy to create shadows and depth in the rug. Here at rug designer we can create this depth in all of our rugs, you just need to specify where and how deep you need it to be. This effect looks awesome with just one colour as it makes an illusion in the rug. Too many colours and depths could make the rug look very over the top and rather messy so if you want this effect, consider what the outcome will be before choosing it. Of course having this cool effect on your rug does not mean you have to hang it from a wall, these rugs would look lovely even on the floor.

If you want this specified on your bespoke rug then people contact us with your ideas and our design will advise you on the best results

Rugs for you

January 26th, 2011 by Natalie

Rugs are a luxury item for any room but they don’t have to be expensive, we have rugs that can cater all budgets and will make sure you receive exceptional service. At rug designer rugs are a passion, we do it because we what to bring rugs to everyone and anyone! The rugs you buy from us are 100% wool and the dyes will stay bright for years to come.

We currently have our rugs in Selfridges’ London store and they have gone down a treat with their customers. If you want to see the quality of our rugs then you can go down to their London Branch or ask us to send you a sample form our website, you can also purchase a colour  box with tufts of wool with every colour in our catalogue.

If you want a unique rug then send us a copy of your design via email or post and our designers will make up a digitised copy of it for you to inspect, after you have agreed on a deign then the process of ordering your rug is simple and easy, we will then deliver your rug in 6/8 weeks .

We hope you will consider us when you look around for a new rug as we will not disappoint!

plain rooms

January 15th, 2011 by Natalie

There is nothing worse then entertaining guests and thinking that your room is plain, boring and cold, even if your visitors are only staying for a short while you feel as though your room is letting you down. When looking for a rug to brighten up your room you need to factor in; how big you want it, what colour you want it to be and how much you want it to cost. If you find a rug that is nt perfect due to cost then you can always shrink your rug to a price that is suitable for you.

Have a rug that is not a focal point of the room but also a topic of conversation is always a bright idea. If you have idea for a rug but have not seen one that you like on our website or other websites then you can always design one yourself and impress your friends by having a rug that is purely unique to you.

Shaggy rugs are a really cool way of bringing colour and comfort into a room because they are soft to walk on and also extremely beautiful. If you are thinking of buying a rug then rug designer will have a design and shape to suit your tastes.

gold rugs

January 13th, 2011 by Natalie

When does a rug loose its employment of keeping the floor warm when you stand on it and become purely decorative? Is it when it is hung from a wall or put into an exhibition? Does a rug ever loose its ability to still do the job it was made for?

When looking at a rug that was made from solid gold and semi precious stones, I originally thought “wow that is amazing” but then I thought “what is the point in that?” over exuberantly showing the fact they have loads of money? It will never be stood on or laid on, it will never have anything spilt on or trod in. Where is the fun in that? It will be stuck in a glass box and hung from a wall and never, ever be put on the floor.

Wool rugs can last a long time and still look vibrant and beautiful and even luxurious, especially if they have a deep shaggy pile. The colours that people can make are limitless so a rug could be any colour at all, it could even have an etricate design cut out of it to have extra body and depth.

So why have a solid gold rug when no one will be able to touch when you could have a wool rug with is easy to clean and soft to touch?

Christmas rugs

January 2nd, 2011 by Natalie

Celebrating Christmas is something that millions of people around the world do. It is a time of year to give presents and what better then giving a christmas rug? A rug that you could have all year round or bring out when it is the christmas period. There are some really crazy rugs out there but you could design your own on our website.

Even though christmas has passed there is no excuse not to think about want you want to get your family and friends next year, especially if it is something as large as a rug. There are plenty of rugs on our website so if you didn’t want to give a Christmas inspired rug then you could always give another one that would suit the persons taste.

Please keep in mind that there are always delays with the post in December, so think about ordering a little sooner and possibly having it delivered to the person who is receiving it as it is hard to transport rugs in small cars.

I hope that everyone reading this has had a wonderful christmas and best wishes for the new year.