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:

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!


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!

Grey is the new neutral in flooring

Grey is the new neutral in flooring

Sophisticated, versatile and available in many shades.

Greendale Carpets stayclean serene twist available from John Cooper CarpetsNeutrals like ecru, beige, camel, tan and white have been popular for decades because they look good on walls and floors, making spaces look larger, lighter and blending beautifully with other, brighter colours. Over the last few years, grey has become dominant as the new neutral.

Grey can look sophisticated – it provides an intensity to understated hues and enhances bold shades. Grey works well in the background, as if it’s not there, or you can let it stand out. According to psychology, grey is the colour that signifies peace and balance.

It goes with pretty much anything

Bright, bold colours are in this year. Whether it’s turquoise cushions, stainless steel appliances or deep magenta walls, grey flooring goes with just about anything. Neutral flooring is always the perfect way to start, and grey adds a stylish touch to the safe neutral colours we are used to.

It looks good everywhere in the house

grey sofa and flooringGrey is not just limited to carpets. It also looks fantastic in luxury vinyl hard flooring (stone, slate or wood finishes), stone floors and laminate flooring, meaning it looks fantastic in any room of the house. Having a continuous colour scheme will help blend rooms together, making spaces look bigger.

Many shades of grey

Getting grey right can be complex. The depth of a certain hue, whether cool or warm, can induce an entirely different ambience and have a tremendous impact on the vibe of the room.

At John Cooper Carpets, we stock a fantastic range of grey flooring – whether you’re looking for wool, synthetic and blends of both or hard flooring – to suit all budgets and tastes – and in many shades of grey (definitely MORE than fifty!). We will be delighted to advise you on your flooring and will help you select the perfect carpet or hard floor to suit your needs and your decor.

Visit our showroom in Ampress Park, Lymington and take a look at our fabulous range at even more fantastic prices!

The John Cooper Carpets Summer Sale starts 1st August 2017!

Our summer sale starts on 1st August and includes many of our ranges. We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm throughout the month. Come along and see our great range of flooring!