Contemporary striped carpet from Greendale Carpets

Flooring trends and practical realities, by Alan

Cosy comfortable carpets, grey is the colour, stripes are in too!

A realistic down to earth take on flooring trends from the Lymington oracle: Alan

The annual Flooring Show, the UK’s flagship national flooring event, took place in Harrogate last month.

Supported by key industry bodies such as the Contract Flooring Association, National Institute of Carpet & Floorlayers and the Flooring Industry Training Association and bringing together all areas of the industry, the Show celebrated its 56th birthday this year and continues to be the best-loved and biggest event on the industry’s calendar.

And some of the discussions were quite profound.  There was talk about how increasing populations and environmental challenges combined with the momentum towards compact living and multi-use spaces and the increasing emphasis on “wellbeing”, will require flooring products to be created that are adaptable, that transform and are multi-purpose.  “They should be fluid just like the spaces in which they will be used…grounding, calming, comforting… often connecting us with the environment and cultural heritage.”  (More along these lines here)

Back on earth in Lymington, here’s our personal local expert take on current and upcoming flooring trends.

Loop pile is the style and grey is the colour!Grey is the new beige in carpets, finally

Loop pile is the style, grey is the new beige.  That’s because carpets and floors are always last on the act!  In fact if you buy Homes & Gardens and see emerging trends, it’ll be at least two years before carpets catch up – but since most people mostly want neutral colours it’s fairly academic!

Carpets are in!

Carpets are still regarded by we Northern Europeans as the flooring of choice for everything except the kitchen, utility room and maybe the hallway.

People who choose hard floors for the living room usually end up covering a large area of it with a rug.  The fact remains that in winter especially, a large reception where sitting still is the main activity is much more comfortable for relaxing in if it’s covered in carpet.

The acoustics are different – softer!  The ambient temperature is kinder.  It just feels quieter, and more relaxing.

Contemporary striped carpet from Greendale CarpetsStripes and more stripes!

Stripes are very popular at the moment for common areas – and stripey custom made stair carpets are a la mode too.

A new carpet for Christmas?

There’s just about time still…

We’re the local stockist for Greendale Carpets and they are well up on all the trends, with plenty of tasteful stripes as well as all the plain colours you could imagine to complement your colour scheme.

Greendale is a big cooperative carpet buying group with fantastic stock holding facilities, owned by its local independent retailers members like John Cooper Carpets.  Do read more about Greendale here, it will give you the confidence that we independents really can provide great quality at competitive prices, in fact we dare to say it even more boldly: better carpet quality for the price.

Whether you’re looking for plain greys, colourful stripes or have other ideas, there is sure to be a quality Greendale carpet for your requirements.National Wool Week - or Month

By the way if wool is your choice, National Wool “Week” is so popular it’s taken over the whole of the month of October.  We’re always delighted to share our love of wool carpets!

Come in and have a chat with Alan Mon-Fri 9am – 4pm, or email

Carpet moths on carpet

A moth free carpet for your Lymington or New Forest property

No moths in your carpet! 

The magic words:  vacuum and polypropylene

Carpets and moths – the lowdownCarpet moths on carpet

Moths ate their way through clothes, carpets and curtains in record numbers in 2017 and look set to continue in similar style this year.

Moths’ caterpillar larvae feed on protein found in natural materials such as wool, silk, and fur, and rough edged holes in clothing or bare patches appearing on carpets and rugs indicate an infestation is underway.


Moths are more prevalent in the south of the UK where it’s warmer, and they tend to produce in spring hence the proverbial “spring cleaning”.   From time to time we are presented with evidence of moth infestation,  see charming close up!  And it’s a horrible job, to have to take up a moth ridden carpet!

In case you’re fascinated… female carpet moths can lay hundreds of eggs during their short lifespan of approximately two weeks. The eggs will be laid in dark undisturbed areas, like under rugs or furniture and towards the edges of fitted carpet. The eggs typically hatch within ten days. The larvae will happily feast on your carpets and clothes for many months. The moth larvae digest a protein called Keratin, which is found in wool. While the larvae remains undisturbed with a constant food source, they can live up to three years before developing into adults. The adults will then lay more eggs and the cycle starts all over again.  Adults do not eat wool – it’s the carpet moth larvae that cause the damage.

Prevention is the best cure

Moth infestations are notoriously challenging to deal with once established, because hiding places are many  especially in bedrooms with wardrobes and chests of drawers full of “stuff” and, believe it or not, moths love the inside of horsehair mattresses!

A good way to discourage moths in the first place is to ventilate rooms and let in as much daylight as possible.   Also, pull furniture away from walls to vacuum underneath, concentrating on the edges of carpets near the skirting boards. Vacuum both the front and the backs of rugs regularly.

You’ll find more useful tips on this website

Moths don’t like polypropylene

The most practical way to avoid the problem is to cut down the choice of moth habitats you offer in your home.

And if you choose one of the modern carpet materials you’ll be taking a big positive step, because moths hate polypropylene – they are unable to eat much of it at all, and provided no other sustenance is available they will eventually die out due to starvation.

Polypropylene has lots of benefits and is great value

bleach cleanable carpetsMore and more people are choosing polypropylene for lots of other good reasons too like being hard wearing, easy to clean after spills and stains, and coming in a multitude of colour choices.

Buying polypropylene might make sense to your wallet too but it’s definitely not about buying a “cheap” carpet, it’s about what’s better long term for your space.  And with new polypropylene ranges coming out all the time like our fantastic exclusive Greendale editions, you’ll be spoiled for choice and get excellent value too.

For those for whom nothing but wool will do…

…we can help you choose a wool carpet which has been pre-treated for moths.  Come and see our fabulous Ulster ranges. 

If you’d prefer to avoid carpet altogether…

…you’ll be impressed by the quality of our ranges of top quality vinyls.

Call or call in to John Cooper Carpets…

…for our renowned combination of free parking right outside the door, friendly atmosphere with absence of corporate clipboards, easy to browse display of all our ranges, a sit down on our comfy sofa with a cup of coffee, samples which you are welcome to borrow free of charge, expert advice and expertise on hand on all aspects of floor coverings and fittings, and finally all round great value prices!

We’re open Mondays to Fridays 9am – 4pm.  But if Saturday’s your best day we are happy to open up on request –  email or call us to make an appointment and you’ll effectively get a private viewing!


New carpet – order before Christmas at January Sale prices

January Sale On Now!

Order before Christmas and pay January Sale prices

Greendale carpet prices already competitive now have fantastic bargains on top

A selction of Twist Pile Carpets

Our fabulous Greendale Range of carpets is already incredibly competitively priced, and sale prices for January have now been announced too.

bleach cleanable carpetsIf you think you might need a new carpet  in the New Year and you have a little time to spare before Christmas, come and take a look now at our showroom already full of great offers – we can process your order at January prices for January delivery and job done!

While our fitters are racing around fitting in the pre-Christmas fittings our showroom is peaceful but the display cabinets are full of all the January bargains all set up and ready to go.

From beautiful wool to bleach cleanable polypropylene (in remarkably tasteful colours too) the choice is yours at your friendly, knowledgeable carpet store on the Ampress Park in Lymington (just opposite Screwfix!) with ample free customer parking outside.

Wool loop pile carpet

Our Greendale range of carpets guarantees great quality AND highly competitive carpet prices, on your doorstep in Lymington.  This is all thanks to our membership of the Greendale Buying Group.

We’re closing for our annual Christmas Holiday at lunchtime on Thursday 21 December, we’ll then be open again from 3 January 2018.  So if you know you need a new carpet do pop in now, you can borrow samples to get the colour exactly right, and we’ll make the whole process swift and painless so you can get back to the Christmas preparations!

Alan, David and the team at John Cooper Carpets!