Friday, April 1

Patterned Carpet

Would you? I know that patterned carpet is hardly a new thing, but it's not been particularly en vogue in recent years, except for perhaps stripes on stairs, which is not my style, so that was never an option for me.

But recently I've spotted a few patterned carpets (to clarify, I'm talking about fitted carpet - not rugs) that have really intrigued me. Some subtle, some not so much, and I started to wonder if I would consider patterned carpet over plain when the time comes to replace our (very-knackered-should-have-been-replaced-five-years-ago) carpet. And the answer was a big, resounding, YES!

I thought I'd share a few of my favourites here, and I'd love to know what you think...

These animal prints could either look super tacky, or absolutely amazing. I like the fact that they're totally Marmite, and definitely not for the faint of heart. I love the Antelope designs. Actually, come to think of it, I rather like all of them.

I've seen animal print carpets pop up a few times on Instagram and Pinterest - looking super cute in a kids playroom and dramatic on stairs. They really caught my eye, and then weirdly, as is often the case, I stumbled upon a supplier without actually looking, so I took it as a sign that I needed to spread the good word.

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All the carpets above are from Animal Print Carpet (clue's in the name), and range in price from £20-£70 a square metre. They're all Nylon, with the exception of the Kenya Antelope which is a wool mix. Of course that one is my favourite.

This is an example of Antelope carpet done oh so right, in the fabulous home of Nicole Hanley Mellon as featured on Vogue.com. The Kenya Antelope design above is a pretty close match.

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Image: Claiborne Swanson Frank / Vogue
And how about this leopard print carpet in the completely over the top but stunning home of Hutton Wilkinson. That Emerald green cabinetry with the leopard carpet and aqua ceiling. W O W !

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Image: Christopher Sturman / Harpers Bazaar 
















Now I realise that this may all be a little too much, and no, this is not an April Fool's joke, so stay with me. If you like the idea of a patterned carpet, but couldn't live with animal print, how about a more subtle textured look?

I'm really liking the range from Fablon Carpets too. Their Athena, Dominique and Chantrel carpets have had me requesting yet more samples...

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Athena, Dominiuqe and Chantrel Carpets by Fablon 

And finally, I'll leave you with this Grain Du Bois offering from Timourous Beasties for Brintons. I'm in love, and I don't think there's a hope in hell that I'll be considering a plain carpet any time soon!

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  1. Ya know, I stumbled upon Animal Print Carpet quite some time ago and pinned them in my secret board where all purchases for the house are considered! I want one for my stair runner although at this point, I'm torn between all of them!! Love love love the look and while I still prefer plain wood, in a cold climate like we have here, this is SUCH a cool option. Love your inspiration pics. Ps. Have you seen the rug in Pink Peonie's office/dressing room? GAH. Love. xxx

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    1. Of course you did, because your taste is awesome! Ooh I'd quite like to see your secret house board - I bet it looks similar to lots of my secret boards! Ha! In a perfect world I'd have parquet downstairs and carpet all the way up the stairs and halls and into all the bedrooms. So cosy! Off to stalk Pine Peonie's office now.... X

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  2. Have you been to the Rio cinema in Dalston? The carpet there is my favourite ever,grey and black leopard print.

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    1. Shamefully no, but it certainly sounds like a good reason to go! X

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  3. Hi Bianca,
    Adam here from Animal Print Carpets and Fablon. Many thanks for your write up, we are just Wild about our animal prints and crazy about the super cool patterns from Fablon... a new patterned era is upon us!

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    1. You're welcome Adam! The carpets are so much fun and I'm definitely not going plain when we finally replace ours! You might want to check the contact details on your website are correct as I've had readers saying the email address isn't working and they're keen to get in touch. Very best, Bianca

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