Posts Tagged ‘Rug designer’

New colour range for our modern rugs

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Here’s a sneak preview of our new colour range, having only had 24 colours in the past to work work. In 6 weeks time we’ll have 48 colours. We do also offer a colour matching service. However we were doing so many colour matches. It made sense to expand the colour range so we’re not having to airfreight new colours to the factory all the time. We took the best and most repeated over the past few years. And we’ve taken interior pantone recommendations for 2012/2013.
It’s a fantastic range and we’re very excited. As soon as they are on the site we’ll release a new blog to let everyone know.

Elle Decoration Design Competition Winner

The Elle Decoration Design Competition – Runners up board

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

We had so many great designs sent in to our competition in partnership with Elle Decoration we feel obliged to show you all our great runners up too.  Here’s some of our top short listed designs and we hope you like them as much as we do.

Bethania Lima Bethania Lima
Miranda Mol Simon Reeves
Genevieve Wray Kirath Ghundoo
Liz Smith Imelda Gozali

We’ve opened up the comments on this post and would love to hear what you think of our talented budding rug designers. We’ll keep you posted on new and up-coming competitions and events.

Elle Decoration Design Competition Winner – Veena Solanki

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

We are very proud to announce the winner of the Elle decoration and Rug Designer competition. We would like to congratulate our winner from Ruislip, London, UK, Veena Solanki.

Well done Veena we love your design and can’t wait to see it turned into a lovely tactile Rug, many congratulations :-)

Elle Decoration Design Competition Winner

Rugdesigner – The manufacturing process

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

In order to make your design into a real size modern rug, we start by printing your design onto a transfer medium and then attach it onto the primary cloth. This will be the blue print from which we will hand tuft the yarns.
Printing the design onto the cloth minimize the tufting errors.
Rug Designer

We use 100% lamb wool, from our own yarns, which are manufactured and dyed in our factory. After the yarns have been tufted, the modern rug is hand cropped, to provide a levelled profile. A secondary backing cloth is applied which provides stability and durability of the product.

To provide our unique finish, we hand sculpture and trim the rug. Highlighting the individual design, creating textures and delicate profiles, increasing the definition and uniqueness of the modern rug itself.A final inspection assures the quality of our modern rugs.

At this stage any adjustments necessary will be carried out by our experienced rug masters. Once the modern rug passes the final inspection, we label our product as one in a limited collection.

The final stage is the packaging of our products. We endeavour to ensure that the product reaches you in the same condition as it leaves the factory.

So last week

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Why not consider instead a rug made to a design or image of your choosing? That’s the service on offer from Rug Designer, the first company offering an interactive rug design service worldwide.
Rug Designer is the brainchild of Anthony Hilal who has shed loads of expertise in the area having worked in the family business – which manufactures and supplies yarn to the carpet industry – for several years.

“Because we manage the whole process – that’s from sourcing the raw material to making up the rugs – we’re able to offer very competitive prices,” said Anthony.

With rugs from £79 including delivery, they’re fantastically affordable, but it has to be said that the best thing about Made to Measure is the input customers can have in the design of their rug – from the image or motif through to the colours. Let’s face it, we all fancy ourselves as a bit of a designer, don’t we? And it’s great to get the chance to be part of the creative process.

“We can work with swatches of fabric or wallpaper or a photographic image,” Anthony explained. “Just as long as the images sent to us are clear and guite specific – with everything in block colours – we can make up a rug in pretty much any design you like.”

If you don’t want to go to the trouble of designing your own rug they have a selection of ready-designed rugs that are pretty funky too – all the work of in-house designer Harneeta Kooner. Everything from retro patterns to organic or floral motifs, to paint splattered effects and of even a Zebra print.
These designs can be altered according to your whim – if, for example, you want a zebra rug in bright pink and blue instead of black and white. And the great thing is you can play about with your ideas online – on the website – to check how your finished rug will look.

The interactive aspect to the service is pretty unigue and it’s great fun to mess about with patterns and colours, while giving you the confidence that the rug you order will work with the colours and configurations you have chosen. Incidentally if you don’t find the colours you like they offer a Pantone-matching service too.

Meanwhile, future plans include Rug Designer concessions on select furniture retailers’ websites – just like you have concessions in a department store, only these will be online. (Anthony is very interested to hear from anyone who has a suitable site.)

Oh, and all the rugsare 100 percent wool so no scrimping on quality either.
Lovely stuff.

An Extremely Short history of Rugs

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

When is a rug a carpet, and when is a carpet a rug? The difference, such as it is, between a rug and a carpet is, in general, that a rug tends to be smaller and is not fixed to the floor, while a carpet is usually bigger and may even cover the whole room, and may be attached to the floor. However, when talking of floor coverings, the words are to some extent interchangeable.

A rug is, in essence, a piece of some reasonably soft material to keep the feet or other parts of the anatomy from the chill of contact with the floor, or to stop draughts from creeping through the walls. The decoration and sophistication of the rug as we now know it simply means that it is a normal human desire to make possessions as attractive as possible.
Pictures of the imagined life of cavemen always show them wearing furry skins and using others for sitting – the earliest shaggy rug, in fact. It is easy to imagine some of those cave men and women not just dumping the skins around the place, but shaking them out each morning before arranging them artistically in patterns on the floor, to be admired and envied by the neighbours.

Leaving behind Mr and Mrs Ugga in their cave, a great leap takes us to the Early Neolithic period, starting around 7,000 B.C., where archeologists explain to us that communities which herded animals used their wool to make rugs, and so began the rug industry that we still know today. No matter that the early fabrics were looser and coarser than we now accept – this is when it all started, and soon after began the great divide which still continues today, between the continuing production at home of rugs to keep the place warm, and the wonderful developments sponsored by kings and princes which eventually became the Chinese, Persian and Turkish rugs still prized today.

Domestic production was always dependent on the materials available and the imagination of the people making them – usually the women. The earliest form we know of in warmer countries is the reed mat, where reeds were tied together firmly to make a more manageable floor covering than Mrs Ugga’s skins, or than the loose reeds spread across the floor ( though the latter were still being used in English houses, with aromatic herds replacing the reeds, until Tudor times). The earliest reed mat to be found was in Jarmo in Iraq, and dated at 5,000b.c. Another, about 3 by 6 metres in area, is mentioned on a tablet from the Sumerian city of Ur from around 2100, which means it must have been an important object at the time.  In the case of wool rugs, the 2,500 year old Pazynyck rug from Eastern Siberia shows that essentially the same methods of rug production that we know today were being used, together with wonderfully lively pictures of horses and geometric patterns.

The technique of reed mats developed all over the Middle East and as far as India, and lasted for a long time. There were famous mats of the 10th century A.D. in Palestine, and beautiful reed mats are still being produced in the south of India. The reed mats were tied together, but weaving started very early too.   Neolithic villagers were able to weave the wool from their animals, and were probably as ingenious as ourselves in finding other fibres, such as cotton and linen to turn to their use to keep their dwellings warm and comfortable. Most surely, the average family only had time to worry about the warmth, but, from the Russian Steppes right across to the American Plains, there were individuals who put their hearts into the job, combining colours in a pleasing way, and developing patterns which became associated with particular tribes. Right down to today many of the old tribal patterns are made, and they are appreciated by people of very different cultures.

Peasant cultures have in common that the people have to keep as warm and comfortable as possible, and that there is no room for waste, so the variety of methods developed to use up scraps of fibre and fabric is enormous. In the Levant, up until the recent advent of plastic woven mats, rags were woven using cotton warp, and turned into rugs for the floors of the poor and the kitchens of the rich, and in a society where sitting on the floor is still very common they were much more comfortable than their plastic replacement. Another form of rug still to be found on some farms is sheep’s wool washed and pressed together to form a thick felt, and this is then painted with designs that usually copy true carpet designs – again, it uses all grades of wool, leaving nothing to be thrown away.

In Britain, rag rugs developed as a way for poorer people to keep warm at home. Most older people can remember a granny or old auntie who collected and sorted any worn-out fabric articles in the house – clothing or soft furnishings (old coats for tops!). These were cut into strips and poked through a sacking base with either a large darning needle (my own Nana’s method) or a special hook. They made cosy rugs in front of the fire, and the strips were more or less artistically arranged according to the talents of the maker. The US, being a culturally diverse collection of immigrants from its beginning, not surprisingly has a great variety of types of domestic rug production, including rag rugs and penny rugs, both of which are now regarded as art forms.

Meanwhile, fine rug and carpet making had been growing ever more luxurious and international for almost as long a time. Those luxury carpets, definitely not designed for domestic use, include one of thick wool and gold thread which was buried with King Cyrus the Great when he died in 529 B.C.. Then Persia, in Sassanian times (220A.D. to 640 A.D.) gave carpets of silk, gold and siver threads, decorated with jewels. The most famous was the Spring Carpet of Khosrau, fabulously expensive to astound foreign ambassadors and impress on them the wealth and power if the Sassanids.

Beautiful and expensive Persian rugs and Chinese rugs were brought back to Europe by Marco Polo in the eleventh century. They became signs of visible wealth, and portraits painted from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century often included Persian rugs – a shorthand for “I’m rich!”
In the sixteenth century, carpet production was organised at Aubusson in France, and soon after appeared at Wilton in England, later to be followed in 1750 at Axminster. Then the Industrial revolution brought mechanisation, leading eventually to Broadloom, and in the twentieth century to tufted carpets – in a sense this brought rug production full circle, returning to a way that not very rich people have something soft to keep their feet from the chill of the floor.

Transportation and communication have always been important in rug and carpet development. Marco Polo took the finest Chinese and Persian rugs back with him to Europe, so they became well-known. The rug produced domestically was not usually valued enough to be expensively transported, so each area retained its individual patterns. Then the industrial Revolution brought cheaper production and transport, so ideas and patterns were copied more easily. By the 1980’s anyone in Britain could access Persian rugs, Indian rugs or many exotic forms such as the Tatamimats from Japan. At the same time, designers were able to persuade people throughout the developed world to try out entirely new ideas such as shaggy rugs.

Our Internet world is a further step in this process, and has brought even more new opportunities for rug producers and buyers. It is now easy to learn many of the old techniques, such as Penny Rugs and Rag Rugs which would otherwise have been almost lost. At the same time new developments are beginning which are entirely the result of the Inrternet. One of the latest, and certainly an exciting one, is interactive designing, whereyou or any customer can design your own rug using an interactive site called, and this will be carried out by expert carpet makers to a very high standard using professional quality materials.  In this way the creativity of the house-owner is at last combined with the speed and quality of industry at a reasonable price – surely something that the generations of early rugmakers would be jealous of!