Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Ask Alex: Rugs

Oh hi!  It's a new section called 'Ask Alex'.

Pretty straight forward - you ask me a question and I will answer.  Let's crack into it!

"I've just found your blog with your carpet stairwell. Wow I love it! I see it's customised which I'm sure equals pricey! I'd like to carpet our childrens playroom in a nice bright fun stripe, but am failing miserably to find anything. It's only about 6sqm. I was wondering if you can help me. Is customised the only way to go? Do you know of any nice bright big rugs that could do the trick?"

Ahh rugs.  You sneaky cheekies.  I see you in many magazines looking all bright and big and yet you evade us in shops and online.  BUT today is the day I will find you, and show you off in all your glory.

I commonly get asked about where to source lots of different things but rugs is always right up there.  Here are my picks.

High on colour and pattern - their kilims are super big and durable.  Made from wool with goat hair fringe they boast a 'heavy base' and are stain resistant.  
Sizing: 216omm x 1410mm
Cost: $1050 - $1300 (NZD)
Available: online at Mintsix 

Image from Mintsix

Image from Mintsix

These guys do both off the rack and customised rugs in all shapes, sizes and colours.  They have an amzing 'stock' range so if you are not keen on customising there is plenty of options to choose from.  I especially love their hall runners (we have one at home) and new childrens range.  These rugs are made in India with a high level of craftmanship and skill and it shows in the end product.
Sizing:  Various from runners, rounds, rectangle, square and flower
Cost:  Varies depending on size
Available:  Through Alex Fulton Design or you can see them in stock at The Ivy House at 238 Jervois Rd Herne Bay Auckland 1011.
Hours:  Tues - Fri 9.30 - 2.30 and Sat 10am to 2pm
* Opening next week!

Image from Armadilo & Co

Image from Armadilo & Co

Image found over at The Design Files and photographed by Sean Fennessy 

LET LIV is not only scandonavian but name and also by design.  As well as rugs they also  have a yummy collection of Scandinavian and worldwide collected goodies.  Their rugs though are timeless and simple as well as very well priced!
Sizing:  1400mm x 2000mm, 70mm x 2400mm (and others)
Cost:  $199.90 to $379.00 (NZD)
Available:  Online only at LETLIV

Image from LETLIV
Image from LETLIV

Meg from Teapea has a super eye for design with all her products but she has managed to find some good rugs to boot.  One crochet and one felt - she ticks the originality and colour boxes again!  I love that I havn't seen these anywhere else too.  They may not be big but they are mighty!
Sizing: 1000mm x 1600mm (Felt) and 1200mm (Crochet circle)
Cost: $198 and $185 (NZD)
Available: Online at Teapea

Image from Teapea 
Image from Teapea

Woah, these guys know colour.  I know I'm talking rugs today but please do go look around this online store.  Australian based but they send over the seas.  They hav ea magical selection of Dhurries and Rugs and even a Rug builder!  I know!  Colour and go... It's fun.
Sizing: Various
Cost: Various (AUD)
Available: Online at Fenton and Fenton

Image from Fenton and Fenton
Image from Fenton and Fenton
Image from Fenton and Fenton

I shouldn't be showing you these as they are 'out of stock' but they are just too good AND I have spoken with Claire and she tells me she has more of the black and white with accent colours coming mid Sept.  Keep an close out!  The stunning colourful one alas was so unique she probably won't be getting another in... but you never say never!
Sizing: Various
Cost: Various
Available: Online at Izzy and Jean

Image from Izzy and Jean

Image from Izzy and Jean

So there you have it - all rugged up!  Let me know what you think?  Also do you know of any others that I might like - let me know.  Love your feedback.

Please email if you have an hairy design questions and I will be sure to either reply in person or you may end up on the blog section 'Ask Alex'.  Lucky.


  1. Ooh perfect timing! Although my husband might disagree, but I have been on the lookout for a new rug or two and this round up is beautiful!

  2. Great selection Alex. It's the question I get asked the most too. The only other place I would mention is Siggada Kilims, owned by the lovely Lisa and Pip in Auckland, and they ship nation wide. x

    1. Thanks Vic - I had forgotten about those girls! Nice one...