Fun with colours - Margo Selby's rug

Ring the changes with a new rug

Ring the changes with a rug

There’s still time – just – for a new rug for Christmas

A new rug for a new look and to please all usersIt’s a fact that home owners are increasingly choosing hard surface floors for most if not all of the ground floor.  (We still think a carpet for the living room is the all round better solution but there are lots of reasons why people will opt for a hard floor for the whole of their downstairs area.)

But then, for reasons of practicality as well as aesthetics many people will then wish to cover part of these areas.  Do check out our previous article about rugs and how they complement hard surface floors: how fabulous they can look, how they absorb noise, add comfort, provide warmth and create areas which “ground” the furniture.

A new rug for a new look

Of course you can also swap one rug for another according to the season, and from room to room as well to ring the changes.  A new rug can create a completely new look for your room reflecting your mood or a fashion trend.  And deciding to buy a fun new rug doesn’t have the serious long term connotations as when you’re considering investing in a whole new carpet.

Alternative Flooring:  quality, colourful, quirky and British!

What’s more thanks to suppliers like Alternative Flooring, design led British company whose fabulous characterful and quirky carpets and rugs are made from top quality natural fabrics, you can have a totally unique rug made precisely to your specification.

And the best news is that if you get your skates on you may still be able to get a rug made in time for Christmas.  Give us a ring or better still come and have a chat!

Meanwhile feel free to borrow some inspiration from Alternative Flooring’s  “Rug Stars”!

Colourful and a little crazyRug Stars discuss the inspiration for their bespoke rugs

Award-winning woven textile designer Margo Selby has chosen one of her own designs:  Stripe Frolic Westbrook, with inner Double Piping Cotton Border in Pink and an outer Stripes Thick Black border.

“I also have the Frolic Westbrook design on a staircase and it always gets comments from visitors on how vibrant it is. I feel it brings an injection of joy to an area of the house that can often get neglected.”

“I’ve been trying my rug in both my home studio and living room. The great thing about a rug is that it’s transferable, from room to room and house to house. I love change and recently moved house, it’s refreshing to bring familiar items into a new space and play with them to find them a new home.”

“The simple stripe design of Frolic Westbrook features colours that come from my colour palette theory of pairing dark and light, highlight and bright colours. The outcome is balanced but also interesting and playful.”

Monochrome and stylish

Meanwhile Kate Watson-Smyth is a Journalist and the Interiors Blogger of “Mad About The House” – a fantastic reference book for modern living.

Monochrome stylish rug for 17 year old boy's bedroom

In this instance she needed a rug for her 17 year old son’s bedroom, which was a fairly tight brief given that he only likes black and grey.  But the result – Wool Pebble Stade with a thick stripe grey border – is both smart and stunning!

Kate explains that her design inspirations come from anywhere and everywhere including “restaurant loos as they quite often use amazing tiles and decor effects to make the most of a small space” and hotel rooms which also often have to fit a lot into a small space.

Create a bespoke rug

You can create your own unique bespoke rug too. Find more “Rug Star” inspiration on the Alternative Flooring website – or if your appetite has now been whetted just come in and we’ll take a look at their books and samples together!

Call us (01590 675955) or call in Mon-Fri 9am–4pm, or email and we’ll fix a time to meet:

The telltale signs you need a new carpet

The Telltale Signs You Need A New Carpet

Whether or not for Christmas it’s a win win with John Cooper Carpets…

There are merits to having a new carpet or even a new mat to welcome your guests for Christmas, but the Festive Season is also prime time for spills so maybe best to postpone fitting until the New Year.

Meanwhile if some of these signs are familiar it’s probably time for a new carpet for your own delight – whether before or after Christmas.

Greendale Carpets stayclean serene twist available from John Cooper Carpets

Stubborn Stains 

Your lovely new carpet was pristine and pleasing to the eye, soft and bouncy to the foot, made you feel proud.  Then came parties, children,  pets, and those inevitable clumsy moments.

If you’re hiding an increasing number of stubborn stains with strategically placed furniture, it’s time for a new carpet!

Here at John Cooper Carpets Lymington we offer a wide choice of excellent quality stain resistant carpets from our brilliant value Greendale range, as well as alternative types of flooring and fabulous rugs  (matching socks not included).

Unseasonal “Scents”

Are you spraying freshener on carpets to camouflage smells? No matter how careful you are, the fibres in carpets attract and hold dust and moisture which eventually turns to musty smelling mildew especially when pets lie on them too.  At John Cooper Carpets we can advise on odour-resistant carpets too.

Worn Patches  

Threadbare areas and frayed edges, scratched by the dog or cat for good measure? Replacing with John Cooper Carpets is so easy – either come to the showroom or we’ll be happy to visit with samples.  The newest ranges include some exceptionally tough carpet options too for well used areas too – let us show you!

Limp & lifeless underlay

Less than a spring in your step? Underlay makes a huge difference!  Spills are also over time absorbed by the underlay. If you want to enjoy the sensation of thick, comfy carpet underfoot again, talk to us at John Cooper Carpets.  A good quality underlay is a sensible investment which we’ll explain.

Sneezes and wheezes

It may not be a seasonal sniffle!  Allergens live in the crevices and fibres of older carpets, which can increase allergy symptoms and is another good reason to refresh flooring.  If allergies are a serious issue we’ll show you some alternative flooring solutions to carpet as well.

“That’s the carpet my granny had in her house”

You know a style overhaul is due!  Whatever your budget and whether you prefer contemporary or traditional, we have options for all tastes from our fantastic range of Greendale carpets to rugs and runners like this from Alternative Floorings.

Carpet for Christmas or New Year Sale Deal!

Here at John Cooper Carpets in Lymington we are fitting carpets right up to the last few days before Christmas – but you will need to book this week.  So if you know you want it for Christmas call us now.

Alternatively by mid December we can give you a New Year delivery deal based on our January Sale prices.

So either way give us a ring, email  or call in to our convenient showroom on Ampress Park (opposite Screwfix) and let us take you through the options!

Enhance your room with a bespoke rug

Enhance your room with a bespoke rug

Hard floors and fitted carpet can benefit from a rug

Design your own rug with John Cooper CarpetsIncreasingly hard floors are a popular choice downstairs, whether hardwood, laminate, vinyl or tile. Incredibly practical, they can lack a certain snugness which can be easily remedied with a rug. A rug has a unique way of bringing together all the elements of a room, such as the style and colour scheme. A rug can also be laid over wall-to-wall carpet to enhance a room.

There are many other benefits of having a rug:

Noise reduction

A rug will significantly decrease the noise in your space. Carpet quieter to walk on than a hard floor and also absorbs sound from the air. Lay down an area rug and listen to the difference.

Comfort and warmth

Carpet is, of course, a lot softer than a hard floor and far more comfortable to stand on. A rug is also warmer than a hard floor, providing greater insulation, especially if it has a pad under the rug.

Layered rugs by Alternative FlooringCosy space

A rug helps space feel grounded. When properly placed, a rug can help anchor the furniture in a room, which helps to create a cozy, intimate space. For example a living room rug should be large enough that all the main pieces of furniture are all sitting on or touching the rug. Without the rug, it can feel as though the furniture is lost or floating in the room.

JCC Top Tip: Choose the biggest rug you can afford for the space to pull the room together.

A rug can also help the space the feel calmer. Energy travels quickly over hard surfaces, and more slowly over soft surfaces. Fast-flowing energy can create feelings of excitability or anxiety, so with nothing to slow down the energy flow, space can feel somewhat chaotic. A rug slows the energy and introduces a sense of calm.

Choose the largest rug you can afford to fit your space


A rug can actually have a positive effect on allergens in the home. For years, people with allergies have been advised to remove all carpeting from the home, as carpets trap allergens. Recent studies have shown that carpet is actually beneficial to allergy sufferers because it traps allergens, keeping them out of the air, where they will be breathed in. If you have no carpet in your home and suffer from allergies or other breathing conditions, you may find that a rug will help alleviate some of those problems.

Design your own rug with John Cooper Carpets

Design your own rug with John Cooper CarpetsGone are the days when you need to trawl around furniture stores searching for a rug to match your room’s size and colour scheme. We can help you create a rug that is perfect for your space.

Choose the main material for the centre of your rug from a huge selection. Choose your border style – single, double, narrow, wide, piping… it’s your call! And choose your border fabric: cotton, jute, linen, leather, faux suede, tweed, herringbone… there’s quite a choice! Choose your colours. Then choose the exact size that you require for your room.

JCC Top Tip: If you are playing it safe with plain coloured furniture, bring personality and fun into your room with a bold statement rug, think colour and pattern…

Come along to the John Cooper Carpets showroom in Lymington or call us to discuss how you can make your room cosier with a bespoke rug. We can design with you a rug from the Alternative Flooring and Greendale Carpets ranges.