Rugs and carpets can change the entire feel of a home. Yet choosing the right style, a colour to work with your décor and the ideal size to fit a room can all have their challenges. From contemporary rugs to Eastern carpets, these readers tell us who they turned to for invaluable advice on transforming their living spaces.
Anjali Grover, Indian
“I knew I wanted a hand-knotted carpet that was made using the best quality wool and silk fibre. But I also wanted a balance between traditional design and modern elegance – something with pastel colours that looked modern and chic but still homey and natural with floral patterns.
I liked the proactive, genuine customer service I received from Hedger’s Carpet Gallery. They want to sell carpets, of course, but they don’t push too much. Peter knew exactly what I was looking for and, when he found the piece, he called me and the deal was made. I loved that the colour complemented the palette of my dining room – not exactly matching but similar. I am so happy with my purchase!”
Arjany Njoman, Indonesian
“I needed a carpet that didn’t aggravate allergies as my son and I are sensitive to allergens. I’d been told that a cowhide carpet was a better solution as they don’t trap dust and are easy to clean. I chose to purchase my carpets from The Cinnamon Room because of the beautiful pieces they have.
I love the geometric patterns and the quality of the carpets. Plus, Visha sealed the deal because she had thorough insights into what I needed! She was never pushy, always patient and very helpful.
I bought two carpets in total. One is a Union Jack flag for my son’s room. The colour is so vibrant and it makes such a statement in a teenager’s room. The second one was for my living room. It has a subtle colour and blends with my sofa and chairs perfectly. I love the gold and silver foils on the laser-cut pieces – they shimmer with the change of light.
I’m very happy with my purchases and I would definitely go back to Visha if I needed more carpets. I recommend going to The Cinnamon Room to see their amazing carpets, even just to window shop!
Leon Qiu, Ruth Ng, and Jude Qiu, Singaporean
“Buying furniture and home items is a very personal experience for me. I like to buy from vendors or individuals who know their stuff – including how things are made or woven.
In this instance, I wanted rugs that were large and bold – definitely not mainstream or mediocre. We chose Living DNA because they specialise in rugs; they don’t try to be everything to everyone. It’s also really about the service, and Nadia from Living DNA was available to answer my queries on WhatsApp, and was even more welcoming in person. She explained succinctly the different materials and sizes available, and how the texture and feel of the rugs depends on the weaving techniques used. Delivery was quick, too!
We ordered five carpets in total; one for the dining room, two for our living rooms and one each for the bedrooms. In the dining room, I wanted something warm and feisty, to spur appetites – and hopefully conversations! The blue Castle Rock rug in the living room is made from a premium quality weave, giving it a silky, luxurious and soft feel underfoot. Both carpets pick up the undertones in the paintings we have, lifting each space to another level.
I can’t recommend Living DNA highly enough. They have carpets unlike any store I’ve been to, and at prices that don’t set your pockets ablaze.”
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