Gainsborough Flooring are displaying the latest mind-teasing floor patterns and designer-led colour collections to energise and brighten up your dark winter days, writes Susan Osborne

New to the market designs from Karndean’s Kaleidoscope range featuring style and geometry are sure to impress. It’s definitely the wow-factor show this season at Gainsborough, the flooring company that dares to be different and is never afraid to make a fashion statement.

This well-established family business has Karndean’s whole range of wood and stone inspired designs, plus the very latest Kaleidoscope designs in a wide choice of shades, using chevrons, hexagons, cubes and woven designs to create movement, visual contrast and stunning 3D effects. The results are Romanesque and Greek-style designs which hint back to ancient times and traditions, then leap into the modern world with a designer twist that creates a fashion statement fit for the most contemporary environment.

Brand new to the carpet market, are some fabulous stripe designs from Margo Selby, who has done some brilliant work for Alternative Flooring’s Quirky B range. The colours are subtle yet vibrant. The use of stripes has a masterful effect on the apparent size of a room, as well as looking amazing on stairways, or as rugs. Her choice of colour and flair for design has created a collection of beautiful carpets inspired by her hand-woven artworks and their colour palette.

You can see samples of the entire range in Gainsborough’s showroom.

You can also have your own personalised rug made from any of Alternative’s designs. With a wide choice of different border colours and styles, you can really get into the designing groove and create a rug that says something about you! All the tools you need are in store, with some top tips and helpful advice on hand. Have a go! Let Alternative’s ‘Make Me a Rug’ service bring out the designer in you.

There are rugs, and there are rugs, but a Jacaranda rug is the jewel in the crown. A rug made in the same manner as those trodden on by Romans, by Arabian kings and ancient queens, made by hand using 1000 year-old techniques, handed down by craftsmen from generation to generation.

The designs are still hand woven in India and Tibet, using wooden looms, and age-old skills that have remained unchanged by time.

Jacaranda is a truly eco-friendly, ethical company and has used its profits to end child labour and build schools in the remote communities where the rugs and carpets are made. They pay workers a fair wage and help build hospitals. In return they have the finest hand-woven rugs available.

There are two to three layers of service from stock items, hand knotted to custom bespoke.

On a recent visit to their UK headquarters, Gainsborough’s marketing manager, Mark said: “It’s one of the most ethical companies I have ever been to.”

If you would like to know more about Jacaranda rugs and carpets, just ask Mark at Gainsborough Flooring.




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