Often compared to choosing a piece of art, finding the right rug for a room is an important decision – one that takes colour, design, texture, fabrication technique, thickness and more into consideration. Our carpet lovers give handy tips on how they choose their carpets, and what they’ve purchased for their homes.
Hedger’s Carpet Gallery
Peggy Low and son Benjamin See, Singaporean
“Just like art, the rugs I purchase for my home and office must add warmth and character. My personal style is modern, but I do love traditional designs for the home, and I find that carpets add ambience.
I like to purchase quality carpets that are unique – either in design, colour or origin – and I occasionally choose antique pieces. I also consider them a good investment, as they can keep their value over time; this is important in these days of high-cost living, when money is often spent on things that you don’t even remember! If you purchase a carpet for a relative or a good friend you will always be remembered in their home, and, if it’s well maintained, it could last for at least the next 50 years.
I was first introduced to Hedger’s Carpet Gallery by a friend who worked for a company for whom Hedger’s held regular auctions. Alice and Peter from Hedger’s are both friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and provide plenty of information on the varieties and origin of the rugs. With their guidance, I have made some very good decisions. I’d say I’ve bought 90 percent of my carpets from Hedger’s, and I always peek in when they have a new shipment.”
The Cinnamon Room
Susan Green, New Zealand
“When purchasing a rug, I would always look for a well-made, high quality piece. Our home is very contemporary, so we also search for interesting designs with depth and dimension.
We have a mixture of carpets – largely a combination of hide carpets and silk carpets. Our four hide carpets were bespoke pieces customised by The Cinnamon Room to suit our various spaces. These carpets add texture and warmth to our decor and we tend to choose statement pieces that give immediate impact.
We came across The Cinnamon Room when it was located in PasarBella at Turf City in May 2016. We have since visited the store at its new showroom in Holland Village to place another order for our fifth cowhide rug. We like the broad range of contemporary and unique designs they offer in their range of rugs. The rugs reflect current trends and styles and the prices and quotes for bespoke rugs are very reasonable for their outstanding quality. Visha Nelson who runs the store is very knowledgeable and helpful, and advised us on the design features and suitability and dimensions of our pieces. Visha’s pleasant nature and expertise made shopping an enjoyable experience.”
Birgitte Vollerslev Rosenkilde, Danish
“I have a large open plan kitchen, living and dining space, so I was looking for a rug that would help define my living room area. I wanted a beautiful, easy to maintain rug that fitted my space. Up until now most of my rugs were purchased from Ikea because I used to have young kids and a puppy. Now that the kids are getting older I’m looking for more of a statement rug.
I was introduced to Ruby Slipper a few months ago by a friend who was a customer there. I choose them as I heard that they have good quality rugs that last a long time. I wasn’t sure if I should go for a cotton or a jute dhurrie (a type of thick flat-woven rug) but when I saw the jute metallic rug sample on my floor I knew I’d found the right piece. In fact I love it so much I’m considering one for my dining area as well.
My shopping experience at Ruby Slipper went very smoothly. The sales team came to my house with samples, measured up and then we discussed different options together before making a final decision. The rug arrived six weeks later just as I was promised.”
Richard Helfer, US and Cambodian citizen
“When I came to Singapore in 1986, I undertook the furnishing of a residence that required carpets and Hassan’s was recommended to me. I purchased my first carpets at an auction. As a collector of numerous art works and accessories, I always begin by reading up on what I’m interested in collecting and then use the following as my guide in purchasing: a good quality piece that I like and understand, and at a cost I can afford.
Abdul Rahman Talib took note of my interest and through him I began to learn about hand-knotted carpets. It was also through Rahman that I met Suliman Hamid (owner and managing director), and over the years both Rahman and Suliman have become my lifelong friends. I’ve worked with Hassan’s and Suliman on the acquisition of hand-knotted carpets for several hotel and lifestyle projects, including the restoration and redevelopment of Raffles Hotel, and our work for One Farrer Hotel & Spa.
Hassan’s have been welcoming and straightforward, generous with knowledge, and fair in pricing, and they regularly inspect the carpets and assist with their washing and repairs when required.”
The Rug Maker
Wang Wei, Singaporean
“When I’m buying carpets, I consider both how it looks and whether it fits into the larger feel of the area. I’m generally drawn to either muted, natural tones and designs, or bold and elegant designs. Next, I consider the size of the carpet and whether it is able to achieve the effect I want. Lastly I think about the material and texture of the carpet; whether it’s comfortable to the touch.
Currently I have two larger-sized carpets, but I’m only displaying one at the moment in my living room. I searched online for custom-made carpets as I wasn’t able to find one that met the dimensions of the space. I like the personalised design services and recommendations provided by The Rugmaker – when I was customising my carpet the designers recommended we add more tones to make it stand out more.
I’m also impressed with their delivery service – the team helped set my carpet into place by carefully measuring the area and ensuring it was lined up to follow the floor lines and not appear out of place.”
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