Archive for June, 2010

Fifa World Cup- England Vs Germany

Monday, June 28th, 2010

I’m not one to watch the football but it just happened to be on my television yesterday, the match was Germany V England and the final score was 4-1 to the Germans. The German’s completely thrashed the English, it was embarrassing to watch. According to the three stooges who commentate on the game afterwards on the BBC, the English players are supposed to be pretty good at football, to me they looked like they had never played a game in their life’s. They never ran with the ball, they were incapable of jumping or blocking the ball at all. The Germans however were slick, able to run and pass the ball all the while the English team stood watching.

I am glad that I was watching this match from the comfort of my own home. Having the ability to walk away or even turn the TV off. Another thing I liked about being at home was that I could easily fall asleep on my lovely, soft 100% wool shaggy rug, while our chances of getting any further in the tournament. I felt extremely sorry for the British fans who spent so much money following the English team throughout their time in South Africa to have to leave before they even got into the semi- finals.

I think the English players should feel ashamed of themselves after that dismal performance. The whole of England was watching that match feeling overly optimistic after the first half, just to watch a butch of fully grown professional player to play like under 10’s match on a sunday afternoon.

My thoughts on rugs, rug companies, blogs, life…

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

I have the job of updating the rugdesigner.co.uk blog (hi there readers!). The purpose of our blog is not for people to read but to show that our website seems as though someone is updating information, this means that our Google rankings go up. Therefore we should hopefully get to the front page of Google soon!

As I have trolled through the many UK rug company websites, I find my self looking at many designs of the same rug. Thick pile, plain, sometimes a funky design and rectangular. Occasionally there are rug companies that bring in designers to create something new and cool for their company, The Rug Company is one and Woven Ground is another. I haven’t seen many in the United Kingdom that provide bespoke rugs to order on their websites, except us and some of the bigger companies. We can design and make any shape  and design, with any thickness pile within limit.

In my personal opinion I believe that the thicker the pile the better. I like a rug that is nice to lie on and watch television, read a book, relax. I personally love shaggy rugs and sheepskin rugs.

Summer fetes

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Now that the summer is rolling up more people are planning summer fetes. Summer fetes  are a time for raffles, coconut shies, bat a rat stalls, white elephant stalls, cakes, and home produce such as jam and pickles. Entertainment could include morris dancing, tug of war, fancy dress and pet shows. Of course now- a- days village fetes include top notch musical acts, tribute bands and fair ground rounds. Old school fetes don’t fill the fields they are booked in so they have started becoming more like mini festivals.

Even the theatre scene is also getting on top of the fete scene with comedian Russell Kane writing the musical The Great British Summer Fete. At the Bush theatre’s Great British Country Fete, skittles will scatter, some fruit will spoil and someone will tread dog poo through the tea tent. Do not shy away, but come coconuting along to this irresistible summer punch of stories and song.

The best way to celebrate at a truly English summer fete is to roll out a comfy rug, put on some lacy gloves and whip out the scones.

It’s that time of year…

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Big Brother has landed on our screens in the UK and the house is as amazing as ever! Custom made wallpaper, whirl pools, chill out areas with custom made upholstery and a nest, this place is so cool everyone should envy the big brother house mates.

This house is going to be the last Big Brother house ever in the UK, or so they say, 10 years of the big brother house and UK television audiences have seen some of the most outrageous and crazy interior design as of yet.

It’s colourful and bright with a carnival/ circus theme. And as it’s the last ever series the producers have paid tribute to stars of the show from the last 10 years.
Painted on the bathroom wallpaper and on plates on the kitchen are images of host Davina McCall, 42, interviewing a housemate.
There are also drawings of Orlaith McAllister, 31, and Craig Coates, 26, kissing in the pool for a dare on BB6 as well as BB7 lovebirds Mikey Dalton, 27, and Grace Adams Short, 24.
There are also plenty of pictures of chickens, homage to birds that housemates looked after in the first few series’.

For the first time since the Big Brother phenomenon started,  housemates can see people coming and going from the Diary Room also heading up to the outside world once evicted.

The interior of the house is almost completely perspex, making the house so public that no one can hide, the only place to not include prespex in it, is the toilets. The floors are all custom made for the house, all of which feature intricately designed rugs and carpets. In previous years rug company’s such as Amazed and Woven Ground have been given the responsibility and honour to design for the BB house.

An article on The Rug Company

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

One of the biggest name in rug design and manufacture in the UK is The Rug company. Set up by  Christopher and Suzanne Sharp in 1997 The Rug Company have only but prospered in the rug market. In the beginning the rug market was filled with old rugs descended from old traditional persian rugs. Their mission was to inject originality and design into the rug market and that is exactly what they have down. I’m sure they aren’t the first to do it but they have collaborated with many fashion designers on their rugs. Original versions of Paul Smith’s candy-striped Swirl, Vivienne Westwood’s ineffably British Flag and Marni’s brilliantly bold Margherita are becoming increasingly collectable. “Hopefully, people will look back on this period and see that it was an interesting time for rugs,” says Christopher. All of their rugs are made by Tibetan weavers based in Nepal, each rug is spun, cleaned, dyed and knotted entirely by hand, in ethically sound conditions.

Christopher says: “We set out to do one thing and we have stuck to it. We make great rugs. Not furniture, not tables, not chairs, just rugs.”

Modern rugs as wall hangings?

Friday, June 4th, 2010

The rug has always traditionally sat on the floor but it could also look great as a piece of art on a wall. Many rugs that are mounted on the wall are hand woven tapestries, normally very intricate and have delicate designs woven in. Many tapestries are hung in museums or churches due to their religious and historical natures. A tapestry is woven on a vertical loom. It is composed of two sets of intertwining threads, those running parallel to the length, the warp and those parallel to the width, the weft.

Unlike tapestries that are woven and are usually rather thin due to the use of cotton or silk threads, there are other types of rugs that can be hung onto walls. Amazed Ltd use wool rugs with thick pile for their wall hangings, using this type of rug can bring a contemporary feel into any room. Most of their rugs are indented with interesting patterns and designs, they are also oddly shaped and can be designed and made in many different styles and colours.

Maybe the future of large rugs is not on the floor but on the wall…

Tips to clean a shaggy rug

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The shaggy rug is making a come back from its popular American debut in the late 1960′s. Shaggy rugs enjoy a very long history, dating back to ancient Greece and other civilizations. The ancient flokati rug, made of goat’s fur, is the Greek equivalent of  a shaggy rug, and it is very similar to today’s shag rugs. The genuine lush flokati shaggy rug is a little on the expensive side although this rug will possess timeless beauty.

Tips to clean a shaggy rug:

Shake the rug to loosen any grit or loose fibres then on a low setting on the vacuum cleaner, brush the top surface this will help to minimise the excessive shedding usually associated with these types of rugs. Routine clean with a suction vacuum to prevent dirt clogging up in pile. Rotate rug regularly, particularly if exposed to direct sunlight this can cause bleaching to the rug. Blot up excess spills with a clean cloth, then work from the outer edge in applying carpet cleaner. Once clean, pat excess moisture with paper towels and allow to dry.

If cleaned regularly this will reduce the amount of shedding polymers from these types of rug. Although these rugs do molt the polymers are wool based so should not cause any adverse reactions to the skin.