A carpet can completely change a room. They’re gorgeous, but purchasing one can seem a little intimidating at first. We asked five readers to share their carpet and rug choices with us, and tell us more about the buying process. (If you’re looking for some hints and tips to make sure your gorgeous carpet lasts as long as possible in great condition, here’s a quick guide about carpet care!)
Anne Severyns and daughter Chloé, French
I moved to Singapore 31 years ago before moving away again after three years. We lived in various other countries for a couple of years before returning to Singapore, and we’ve stayed here ever since. I’ve been a long-time customer at Originals; in fact, it’s where I’ve been exhibiting my paintings for the past eight years! I’ve known the store owner Geri for a long time, too; she is very dear to me and her team are professional and customer-oriented.
I bought a carpet from Originals about four years ago for my house in France – it’s yellow and grey and made of wool. I initially bought it for my boys’ bedroom there, to match their yellow bedsheets, but loved it so much that I brought it back to my house in Singapore. I also have another similar carpet from the store in grey, which is currently in my living room in France.
The Originals team helped me find exactly what I was looking for and notified me once my item arrived; the entire buying process was a breeze. I appreciate how the store constantly brings in new products that have great detail. I really love the colours, softness and atmosphere that the carpets offer. At Originals, aesthetics is key, and, as a painter, this is of utmost importance to me.
Katrina Korzenowski, Australian
I was moving to a new condo and wanted my carpets to be unique features in themselves, but still blend in with the furnishings. A friend recommended The Cinnamon Room and I saw how its owner Visha was offering something different from what I’d seen at other stores. I was able to tell her what I was looking for and what furnishings I already had. We came up with three customised carpets – for the living room, the hallway and the master bedroom. I had a lot of fun working on them with Visha, and they’re all unique in their own ways; for instance, the carpet for the bedroom has a metallic hide that gives the room a touch of chic glamour and elegance.
The pieces ticked all the boxes, not only in terms of design, but also because they’re durable and easy to maintain. You don’t need to worry about wine or coffee spills or stains – you can just wipe it off. The quality is excellent, yet they’re also affordable.
Having great products is one thing, but customisation is what brings the store to the next level. Visha was as excited as I was for the finished products for my home, and all three carpets met my requirements and expectations; it isn’t easy to find such bespoke services in Singapore! Visha is always looking at what she can do for her customers and I’m excited to see the new things she has in store for us.
Mary Ferrante and Kirk Schulz-Utermoehl, American and Malaysian
We were looking for a carpet for our guest bedroom which, at the time, had no carpets at all. The room had a wood floor so we felt that an oriental rug would complement it. We first heard about Hedger’s Carpet Gallery through friends who encouraged us to attend an auction. The event was good fun as the owner, Peter, is a great host and an entertaining auctioneer. The prices of the carpets on offer were affordable, and the quality and variety of the items available for purchase made it very easy for even auction novices like us to take the plunge! We ended up buying three tribal carpets that evening, and that was the beginning of our love affair with tribals.
I chose these pieces for their geometric designs, which are timeless and work well in both casual and formal settings. I also particularly love my tribal rug with a floral pattern as its design does not appear as busy as most florals designs tend to be. Peter and his team at Hedger’s take great effort to ensure that you are satisfied with your purchases. They also provide excellent after-sales services such as cleaning, and pass on helpful information to expand your knowledge of carpets. For beginners, I’d recommend going down to the store to check out what’s available. They have a no-pressure approach to selling carpets.
Samira Ali and son Ismail, British
We relocated to Singapore earlier this year from an expat placement where our home was already fully and lavishly furnished. After thirteen years, I was faced with the daunting task of fitting out a house and decorating a home for my family. When looking for somewhere to live, we found that most properties had limited natural light, whitewashed walls and plain flooring. I realised very early on that I needed rugs to add colour and vibrancy to the rooms in my house.
Not knowing anyone in Singapore, I searched online expat forums, and the store that repeatedly came up was Ruby Slipper. I contacted Farah who suggested that I visit their pop-up store to view some rugs. I was immediately drawn to their bright and brilliant colours and patterns. The rugs could also be customised to meet my requirements – in terms of size, colour and pattern – offering me the flexibility I needed. Farah also made multiple visits to my house with rugs and swatches to help me decide on the colours and sizes that complemented my new furniture; she really has an eye for colour and design, and I’m grateful for the many hours she spent and her patience with me.
I ended up purchasing five rugs, ranging from a silver-embossed jute design for the dining and living areas to a colourful and wacky one for the children’s study. They have all added to the character and comfort of our new home.
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