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Top 5 rugs to make your house a home – and up to 75% off at The Rug Company Sample Sale


Alexander McQueen rug, image courtesy of The Rug Company

An invitation from The Rug Company popped into my inbox and I thought I’d share it with you. A short & sweet blog post. But it seems I am incapable of short & sweet. Thanks to their email, I am now in full rug mode. Which goes to show that unsolicited marketing does work.

At my house we are fully rugged up – I have no business surfing for prospective purchases. But I love rugs, since they are to a home what shoes are to an outfit – they can make or break it.  So as my blog is an excuse to share my many aesthetic obsessions, here I am with my top 5 rugs to make your house a home.


My prized Kelly Wearstler ‘Tracery’ rug. Image Penelope Meredith

Tracery by Kelly Wearstler, The Rug Company

No prizes for innovative naming but The Rug Company does what it says on the tin. Check out the ‘gallery’ on their website for amazing room inspiration. They will bring rugs to your home so you can live with them before you buy. Rightly so – it’s a big investment. But a great service nonetheless, so make sure you ask for it.

The Tracery is the one we have in our lounge at home, hand-knotted from Tibetan cream wool and olive-coloured silk. Yep, totally impractical. My children have been programmed (I mean programmed) to walk around it (I do know how ridiculous this is) and it’s the sole reason for us not having a dog.

Tracery rug by Kelly Wearstler at The Rug Company, from £1,170 per square metre. Shop it here.

paris rug

Flat Iron building on Manhattan rug by Luke Irwin. Image courtesy of Luke Irwin

Luke Irwin’s Manhattan rug

I love all of Luke Irwin‘s rugs because they are so damn luxurious. To feel silk underfoot is pure heaven. My favourite is the Manhattan rug (above) and there’s a Paris version. Beautiful & romantic photographic depictions of two of my favourite cities.

Luke Irwin Manhattan rug, made to order, price on application. Shop it here

HAY rug richard diebenkornwoven ground


If modernism is more your thing, you can’t go wrong with the HAY range of rugs in pure New Zealand wool. I love this brand – and these rugs remind me of Richard Diebenkorn’s ‘Ocean Park’ series of paintings which he painted in Venice, California. The rugs will lend a bright, breezy feel to your home for a fraction of the price of a painting, though the painting’s probably a better investment.

Colour by Design rug by HAY. From £619 at Nest. Shop it here

Scion Fox rug. Image courtesy of John Lewis.

Scion Fox Rug

A great bet for kids rugs – this range by Scion is more graphic and subtle than sickly pinks and spots.  Mr Fox makes a nice change from fairies & cars – and I think even the little people would choose it.

Mr Fox rug by Scion from John Lewis,  from £180. Shop it here.

Ikea stockholm rug


How could I not mention the Ikea Stockholm rug? Its modern, sharp, black & white design makes it an undeniable winner. Coupled with a Mies Van Der Rohe chair and a nice mid-century cabinet it will look a million dollars.

Ikea Stockholm rug, £100. Shop it here.

Sample Sale

Savings of up to 75% at The Rug Company Sample Sale, from 10am-6pm until 8th March, at Carousel Next Door, 35 Baker Street, London W1U 8EN. Tel: 020 3141 3040.

Not for dogs or children.