Padding around bare footed at home doesn’t sound too appealing now that the weather has started to turn that bit cooler thanks to the arrival of Autumn, does it? Yet there’s something about arriving home, kicking off your shoes and relaxing at home with scented candles burning and generally nesting in comfy clothes. This is what led me to seek out ways to create a cosy home under foot for the new season. Truth be told, I’ve never been a huge carpet fan but my mind quickly changed upon discovering the new Quirky B collection from Alternative Flooring. Not only is the collection of carpets and stair runners incredibly colourful (massive brownie points right there!) but it’s also an exploration of striking patterns, too. This combination creates the opportunity to really make the floors in a space the statement feature – this approach to a scheme is ideal if the room is lacking a natural focal point, like a fireplace or other existing architectural detail.

The new Quirky B collection is a new broadloom patterned carpet collection in collaboration with designers Margo Selby and Ashley Hicks. The collaborative designs sit alongside a range of more designer Quirky patterns in-house, too. The wool carpets are woven on traditional carpet looms in the UK and each designer created two styles each. Margo Selby is a woven textile designer who creates colourful handcrafted fabrics. The two designs seen here, Fair Isle and Shuttle, are here first ever carpet and runner designs for Alternative Flooring. Both are beautifully crafted in Margo Selby’s trademark 3-dimensional style and feature her distinctive graphic patterns in earthy and vibrant colour mixes. The innovative designs are developed on handlooms by Margo in her studio and then woven into broadloom carpets. Meanwhile, international interior and furniture designer Ashley Hicks designed two striking patterned carpets called Chainmail and Daisy.

Personally, I love how this collection allows one to invite both colour, pattern *and* comfort into a space via one decorating element. The Quirky B collection has cemented in my mind that carpet can be cool, so given I have a penchant for alliteration, I’m certifying the collection ‘cracking carpet’! Which of these ten carpet ideas from Alternative Flooring do you like best? How would you use carpet in your own home?

* // Photography by Alternative Flooring


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. I would have an extremely hard job deciding which carpet to get here, they’re all gorgeous! How about a different one in every room?

  2. Loving #2! Still subtle enough a motif to go with various design touches in the rest of a room (pillows, accessories, etc.)

  3. Seriously, I love them all but I think number 7 is my favorite. I suppose I just love the entire room and the carpet really makes a difference!

  4. I’m not usually a fan of heavily patterned carpeting, but I have to say pic 10 is really standing out for me. It is such a striking space. The carpet has added a real wow factor. I love how they haven’t carpeted the whole of the hallway, but used a strip, it allows the beautiful wooden floor to also stand out and tone down the pattern a bit.

    • @ChiChi – That is one of my favourites as well. It really helps to add visual interest and drama by using the carpet in that way – fantastic! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I really like the graphic patterns on these carpets! I got on a pattern floor kick this summer!!! …one bit of evidence being a post I did on’s tumblr 🙂

    My attention has been primarily drawn to hard flooring. But like you said, with the cold weather coming your feet want something warmer and cozier to walk on!

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.