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the fab flat: floor focus

the fab flat: floor focus

my new home has beautiful wooden floors in the kitchen, hallway and living areas, and a neutral beige carpet in the bedroom, which offers the perfect blank canvas to lay some beautiful flooring textiles! having grown up with truly hideous carpets, before living in a rental with an ugly green offering, it has been such fun to pick out designs that i’d love to live with and whittle down the shortlist to a few stunning delights.

following on from what oliver heath was discussing last week, i knew that i wanted to have surface material contrasts on the floor  to help divide up my open plan living space and create different zones for working, dining, living and cooking. in the bedroom, i already have this gorgeous beni ourain which will remain by my bedside so as to be able to sink my feet into it first thing every morning (bliss!), but i also have a large space on the other side of the bed which requires a good-sized rug in order to break up the monotony of the beige carpeting in the room.

here are the designs i’m coveting right now – stay tuned to see which ones end up in my home!

chess, woven

first up is one of the beautiful linie design rugs from woven, a contemporary rug boutique on the kings road in fulham, not far from where i used to live. they carry loads of great rug lines, but the scandinavian styles are my favourites and i love that each one is individually hand loomed and lashed around the edges for a bold contemporary look. i’m definitely keen on one of the monochrome designs, and it’s hard to choose between the geometric chess, dotted lines effect of asko (one of 5 extras below) or the classical stripes of ajo..

mhaya, cox & cox

the neutral colour palette of this berber inspired diamond cross print mhaya cotton runner from cox and cox is vying for top spot on my hallway wishlist, alongside the more intricate geometric design of their izel print runner (another of the 5 extras below). i can see both working wonderfully in the space and because its such a compact area, with multiple adjoining doorways, there won’t be too many other decorative elements to contend with. it’s just a matter of deciding which design to opt for – which do you prefer guys?

lumaco, urbanara

i love this beautiful teal blue lumaco rug from urbanara which gives a modern edge to a tribal design and would pair wonderfully with my navy blue sofa. made with a 100% wool weft and warp in a tight jacquard weave, the rug displays the inverse colours on the underside to allow you to lay the lighter side down in summer, and flip to the darker side for a cosier, moodier atmosphere in winter months – clever, huh?

kasbah, west elm

west elm are pretty much the ultimate purveyor of traditional moroccan rugs on the high street – i mean, pretty much every lifestyle blogger has their souk rug in their home nowadays! i’m loving their artful new kasbah rug, handcrafted from new zealand wool, which offers a 2017 update on their bestselling design with a more intricate (and in my opinion, more interesting) design. it certainly promises to be just as luxe underfoot and infinitely insta-worthy..

benni 03, plantation rug company

the cream and dark brown tribal design on the plantation rug company’s benni 03 offers a more subtle take on a monochrome beni ourain, fusing a subtle african diamond design with a decadent deep pile. available from houseology, i’m torn between this design and the hand knotted pure wall amira rug from barker & stonehouse (below in the extras) for my bedside..

ahh, decisions, decisions! 

want more? here are another five beautiful rugs to covet: 

one: woven // two: barker & stonehouse // three:  sukhi // four:  cox & cox // five:  sukhi //


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  1. Karen

    11 April

    I know that any one of these would be covered in playdoh in my house after 5 minutes, but that doesn’t mean I can’t love them from afar! They’re all so gorgeous. Beautifully collated hun xx

  2. Rachel

    12 April

    There are so many lovely rugs available at the moment, aren’t there, and you’ve picked out some excellent choices!

  3. Katy

    13 April

    Ooooo. I love a good rug. Such an easy way to change up a room. love the Sukhi ones especially x

  4. Geraldine

    13 April

    The lumaco rug is lovely. Great selection Kate. x

  5. sy

    18 April

    Love your rug designs. My favorite is the tribal design rug and would pair wonderfully with my navy blue sofa. The floor tile shade and the wall colors are in harmony with the furniture and the carpet colors.

  6. Clarissa

    19 September

    Stunning!!!There are so many lovely rugs available at the moment, aren’t there, and you’ve picked out some excellent choices!thanks for sharing.

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