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Elle Decoration and Rug Designer Competition

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Rug Designer has teamed up with Elle Decoration to run a design competition aimed at supporting designers and artists who have an interest in promoting themselves by creating a bespoke rug which will be featured on the Elle Decoration site and facebook page, and on the Rug Designer website.

This is a fantastic opportunity for fabric designers, interior designers, artists and anyone with a keen eye for design who wants to make a name for them selves.

Elle Decoration and Rug Designer Competition

We’d love to see any designs you’d like entered in this competition and to support you through the design process, helping with any technical, quality, and colour related questions you might have. Please feel free to email us at
sales@rugdesigner.co.uk

To formally submit an entry to the Elle Decoration competition for the chance to win a bespoke rug with your design worth up to £500, please send us your design, name and contact details to
Elle Competition Entry Email

All entries should be sent to us by the end of the month and the ideal size would be 1.2 x 1.8 meters

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It’s a beautiful day

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

So it has been quite beautiful these past few days and they weather is looking pretty nice for the coming days too! Having sunshine means going out and have lunch in the parks around london and drinking cider in the afternoon and spending quality time with your children or partners.

Having a glorious day doesn’t mean you have to go for an adventure you could just stay in the comfort of your back garden. Taking out your rug to sit on it always a good idea, but make sure the grass or concrete is nice and clean before you lay it down! You dont want your glorious day to be spoiled by dirt on the bottom of your rug.

If you don’t want to take you nice luscious rug outside you can always take an old towel and a few cushions to bring indoor comforts outside!

rugs rugs glorious rugs

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

In today’s society everyone has a rug on their floor, be it a scraggy one they have had for years and haven’t gotten around to buying a new one or a beautiful one from rug designer.

Our rugs are beautiful, no doubt about it! They exude luxury and are 100% wool. Everyone should have a nice rug and from us and you don’t have t break the bank to have one. We can do anything on your rugs, we can make special colours just for you, we can cut out special shapes we can even make super, massive, huge ones.

We can collaborated with many designers these past months and have brought to you some smashing ones! They also come in different sizes to suit your needs!

Weird rugs part 2

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

So the other day I found a website with a few strange rugs on it and now I have found some more! There is a rug that a designer come up with that was pretty awesome, think Pandora off of Avatar, think glowing rugs! The electroluminescent rug is the creation of two engineering students, co-founders of Zolo Designs! The carpet shines after every step you make. The rug features touch-sensitive electroluminescence that shines as and when any load falls on it. Electroluminescence actively functions by passing current via light-emitting material that is electrified. When energized it generates a decipherable green-cyan blaze that is generally visible in LCD wristwatches or nightlights. Equipped with rechargeable batteries, illumination of the glow rug resides in the roots of concept only.

Pretty cool eh?

There was also a nice egg design where the leather yoke doubles up as soft seating or head rests, I think this rug would be awesome in a teenager’s or student’s room. Be the envy of your friends with an egg rug from Valentina Audrito!

Weird Rugs

Friday, March 11th, 2011

So I was trolling through the internet looking for something to write about when I found a website that had found a wonderful collection of weird rugs. One rug was a blow up sex doll ripped down the middle and thrown out like a bear rug. It was weird to say the least, As long as it stays in someones art collection it won’t be mistaken for an actually human rug.

This is a severely weird rug.

Some of the others weren’t as thought provoking, there was one made from real moss that you put in your bathroom so that it can keep growing from the moisture in the room.

Pretty strange since the growing of moss in your house is pretty uncouth.

The whole point or a rug is to make your house warmer and have more class or sophistication, or at least thats what we sell here at rug designer.

Removing a burn mark from your rug or carpet

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Have you ever accidentally burnt your rug, let’s say by leaving straighteners on it or maybe ironing on the floor? Burn marks can be really tricky to get our of carpets without it leaving a noticeable trace. If the mark is only on the surface of the carpet you maybe able to scrub it out with steel wool or a lightweight sandpaper, this should get out any small marks, after this you will need to vacuum the area to get rid of any wool fibres or residue sandpaper.

Although this method is a sure fire way of getting rid of small surface marks, it may not work on much deeper piled carpets where there is a much visible mark still left after rubbing it with steel wool. If this is the case for you then you will have to use a utility knife to cut around the area, try to make the cut out a square of rectangle. This patch will then have to be filled by another piece of your carpet, this could be a remnant that you kept after the carpet was fitted, if  you have not kept this then use a piece that is not seen regularly like underneath a sideboard or chest of drawers etc.

Use the cut out piece of carpet as a template by drawing around it onto a piece of paper, then choose somewhere to cut out your new piece of carpet. Using a glue gun, glue the underside of the new patch and fit it into place. Glue around the edges to make sure the piece will not become dislodged when cleaning. Use a carpet tractor to roll the carpet piece into place and make sure the pile is nice and smooth, leave to dry thoroughly before you allowed anyone to walk on it.

If you are feeling crafty

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Making rugs is a long and hard process if you are doing it by hand, but it is also very rewarding! If you fancy making something that your pet can sleep on then this is a good idea for you crafty types.

Do you have a bunch of old random socks lying around in your house/ sock drawer/ linen basket, that need to be thrown out? Then fear not! Grab those old socks and line the up so you can make a square, if it doesn’t quite make a square then you can always chop the ends off. Slide the socks inside each other and then secure down with a pin, now you really need a sewing machine to make it sturdy but if you feel confident doing it by hand then you can do it that way.

Once you have sewn together all the seams then you are ready to let you pet use it for themselves!

So there you have it, one ugly sock rug for your pets!

Rugs for all ages

Friday, February 18th, 2011

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

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

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

Sunday, February 6th, 2011
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.