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