Summer Shades

Summer is officially blooming and we have been run off our feet creating beautiful bespoke hand made rugs and carpets for outside and in. A soft seating area is the perfect place to relax and soak up the rays and who wouldn't love a hand woven rug underfoot. We offer an extensive number of shades within our outdoor range of water and fade resistant yarns and for indoors, well the possibilities are endless! This summer we have found that shades of blue with gold or bronze have been a popular choice. We love lustrous hand tufted silk and bamboo in metallic shades but we also offer metallic thread if you're after that extra sparkle. This works really well looped into wool or silk, our top picks this season are shades of bronze and copper and these look amazing with this summers trend for blues and greys. When creating a bespoke rug or carpet, the process really is exciting. Usually a client will produce something that has inspired them, which could be a piece of fabric, a photograph or a painting. We then work closely to match the colours, and create artwork. Next the yarn is dyed to match the brief…

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Laylah Holmes Rug Collection

Laylah Holmes has worked with Concept Hand Tufting for a number of years, creating rugs for the UK's leading interior designers for projects all over the world. From super prime residential, luxury commercial and hospitality to super yachts. She has now launched her debut collection, with a positive reception from the design industry. Twelve rugs, each an abstract inspired by the natural elements. Drawing from her experience with us here at CHT, along with her background working in both fashion and interior design, Laylah has designed a refined collection, ranging from subtle neutral tones with geometric detailing to bold statement pieces for visual impact. A number of pieces are inspired by photographs Laylah has taken, others are watercolours she has painted or textural collages. Each rug is designed to work as a range or stand alone, this allows clients to use a number of the designs within one project seamlessly. Over sixty colours have been used throughout the collection, some with very subtle tonal difference and others with stark contrast. The collection is hand tufted and made to order using a combination of fibres to achieve the finest finish. From New Zealand wool, the purest wool in the world, bamboo;…

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Lawton Yarns

We were thrilled and honoured that Lawton Yarns asked Concept’s company director Charles to open their new showroom last month.   Charles Lawton at the Grand Opening   The showroom, a space designed and curated by Joanna Ramsden, has been created to promote the natural benefits of wool and celebrate the heritage behind Lawton Yarns. It is a space dedicated to educating visitors about the spinning process and the benefits of woollen yarn for flooring, with an aim to inspire, inform and celebrate the capabilities of wool.                               Images of the new Showroom space   Concept have close links with Lawton Yarns;  our director Charles Lawton is the great grandson of the founder of Lawton Yarns and ran the business for many years himself before starting Concept Hand Tufting in 1994. Lawton Yarns continues to be a world leader in the spinning industry, and we couldn’t be prouder to have such an intertwined history with the company.   Charles and his father Colin     To read the full story please follow this link:-http://www.lawton-yarns.com/innovation/new-showroom-promote-wool-carpet-industry/ To read more about the history of Lawton Yarns follow this link:- http://www.lawton-yarns.com/collaboration/life-yarn-spinner-adapting-changing-world/

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Hand Tufting

A lot of our clients aren’t fully aware of what hand tufting means so we thoughts we’d explain! Hand tufting is the process of tufting the yarn through the carpet or rug backing. Firstly the carpet backing is hung and the design is drawn on to it by hand like a piece of artwork or it can also sometimes be projected on to the backing. Then each area of the design is individually hand tufted using a small hand held gun which shoots the yarn through from the back to the front of the rug or carpet. This is an extremely lengthy process as each colour or fibre is tufted separately. Our talented production teams have to be steady handed and exceptionally precise down to a fraction of a millimetre. Once the entire design has been hand tufted, the yarn is then sheared or carved by hand if required and lastly the backing is added for a clean professional finish. Our lead time is 12 weeks for most bespoke custom made rugs and carpets, this is due to the nature of hand tufting and the lengthy process involved. Before the hand tufting process even beings, the yarn is dyed to…

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Cleaning

Today we are going to talk about cleaning carpets, not the most glamorous subject but something we often get asked about. There are various options and techniques depending on which fibre your carpet is made from. We now have the option to add Stain Resist to the yarn during the dyeing process. This is the most effective way of protecting bamboo and silk in particular as it coats the outside of the yarn and therefore completely protects the yarn, unlike spray systems which are added after the carpet is produced and effectively only cover the surface of the the carpet with little penetration down the yarn tufts towards the backing. The Stain Resist system prevents spillages from entering the yarn as it is coated with a polymer coating. The end-user therefor has time to blot up the spillage and remove it entirely. Of course this should be done as soon as possible after the spillage, as over time, the liquid will find it’s way down the outside of the yarn to the the base of the carpet where it is much more difficult to lift out and may eventually stain the backing. This process does not effect the look or…

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Monaco Yacht Show

We are very excited about the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show 2016. From 28th September to 1st October, the most luxurious and impressive yachts will be docked at Port Hercules, Monaco. We now know that more than one of these magnificent beauties will have carpets and rugs onboard created by our talented team! Along with buyers, VIP guests, navel architects and designers showcasing the new must have gadgets. There will be over 125 of the worlds most desirable super yachts on show including over 40 shiny new boats! Increasingly often we are being given the pleasure of working with the worlds best yacht designers and we really enjoy it. Not only are the projects stunning but they often include really interesting and unusual design elements. Although we are unable to publish much imagery due to client confidentiality, please see below a selection of design highlights from recent super yacht projects. Keep an eye out for some of these at the show!

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Outdoor Living

Our premium range of hand woven outdoor rugs launches this summer. Hand crafted with specialist fade and water resistant fibres, these beautiful, durable and waterproof designs are suitable for all weather conditions. Outdoors is the new indoors, enjoy your open spaces, whether it’s a country garden, the deck of a yacht or an urban roof terrace, make it your own with a bespoke hand crafted rug, go on, give your toes a treat! Made with 100% non-toxic materials, our outdoor rugs are environmentally friendly and recyclable, along with water and sun light, they are also cleverly resistant to fungus, bacteria, humidity, chlorine, food stains and even perspiration! Using a varied colour palette, your outdoor rug or carpet can be completely bespoke. Take a look at some of the designs we have already created for clients below. Pop us an email or give us a call to find out more.

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Bamboo

Bamboo is the latest must-have product for the home. For quite some time now bamboo has been used for screens and fences in gardens offering a chic and natural look to any outside area. It has also been widely specified for hard flooring and shutter blinds and the demand for bamboo clothing, sheets and towels is on the rise. And now, you can even order bamboo carpets and rugs. The desire for bamboo is not surprising when you consider its benefits. Firstly, it is an extremely flexible material that can be made into a hard wood or an extremely soft textile. We are now offering an incredible range of bamboo carpets and rugs that rival the silk products which have proved so popular over the last few years. With a feel and look that is just as luxurious as silk and prices that are approximately half that of silk, bamboo is fast becoming our most popular product. These carpets and rugs can also be made to any specification, any colour, any design and any shape, making them suited to almost any installation. Secondly, at a time when we are all becoming increasingly concerned for the well being of our planet,…

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Colour

At Concept we are inspired by this years Pantone Colour of the Year. Have a read below and take a look at some of the beautiful rugs and carpets we have created with these soft, harmonious tones. ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY PANTONE 13-1520 & PANTONE 15-3919 A softer take on colour for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Colour of the Year. As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colours that psychologically fulfil our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace. The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of colour association. In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted colour trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to colour is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity,…

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