Sunday, 15 February 2015
Chinese New Year is a great opportunity to show off our fabulous range of Chinese rugs and it’s one of our favourite times of the year. With one of the biggest selection of Oriental rug designs under one roof, you won’t need to go anywhere else for your floor.
This Chinese New Year (February 19th) is the year of the sheep, a Yin energy which symbolises peace, harmony and tranquillity and with all of us looking to inject harmony into our homes - what better time to invest in a traditional Chinese rug design.
The West fell in love with Chinoiserie in the 17th and 18th centuries. This was a time for exploration, and as a result, a fascination with all things Asian took Europe by storm. From Oriental rugs to wallpaper designs, from lacquerware to furniture, the Chinese imagery of dragons, pagodas, exotic flowers and snakes fascinated Europeans who wanted to introduce this exciting new style into their homes.
Put a dragon on the floor
The dragon or serpent is synonymous with Chinese designs but how do you prefer yours - rectangular, circular, half-moon? Or maybe you want a runner or even an octagonal rug? If one of these shapes doesn’t float your ‘junk’ then we can actually make a rug to your personal specification.
This is one of our most popular rugs and is also available in a range of colours. A rug is often a good starting point for introducing Chinoiserie chic into your room. You can choose from some incredibly bold and colourful designs - but remember with such a statement rug, your other pieces should be more subtle.
It’s no wonder that Oriental rugs are one of our best sellers and purchased by customers of all ages to dress a variety of properties including modern homes as well as traditional properties. If you just want a hint of the Orient, these rugs are unmistakably from the East but are a little more understated, using blocks of colour with a traditional Chinese design in the centre or around the border.
Try introducing other items such as bamboo furniture and occasional pieces of porcelain to demonstrate your Eastern flair.
What will your choice say about you?
Red for example, symbolises luck and happiness, gold means wealth and happiness and blue reflects healing, relaxation and calmness. With rugs like these, the trick is to let the rug do the talking - everything else should be a subtle complement.
The fabulous colours in our traditional Chinese designs are waiting to be discovered. If you want to opt for the full Chinoiserie experience we have some beautiful rugs for those who are not afraid to make a rug the focal point of their room. What will your choice say about you?
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Valentine’s Day is traditionally associated with the colours pink and red which got us thinking about how we use pink in our interior design schemes. It's not usually the first colour that springs to mind when planning a new look. However, it’s actually quite a versatile colour and can be suitable for many tastes.
The most obvious pink colour schemes can be found in girls’ rooms up and down the land and our range of kids’ rugs includes quite a lot of pink - it’s one of those themes that are unlikely to fall out of popularity any time soon.
…and boys can too!
But Barbie and co. don’t get to have all the fun. Pink can actually be masculine if you use it say with grey or black. You can opt for a traditional design, and we have several that feature pink, or select one of our modern rugs that include pink. These are really popular choices for a home office, a study or a dining room. The trick is to use the colour sparingly - a rug and perhaps one or two cushions in a similar tone is enough.
Pink can also be quite bold and funky and these are ideal for people who really want to make a statement in any room in the house. If this is more your style, how about some of these perfect pinks?
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