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Rug up! Tips on buying the right carpet for your home

Nothing quite lifts a room like a beautiful carpet or rug. They create great accent pieces and have the added benefit of being portable, which is handy if you are renting. We spoke to Heena Mir of Carpet Buyer for her advice on how to choose the right one for your home, and more.

Carpet Buyer's Old Malayer Wool rug would make a stylish addition to a home
Carpet Buyer’s Old Malayer Wool rug would make a stylish addition to a home

What do people need to consider when buying a carpet in Hong Kong?

Firstly, the style of their home and the colours; secondly, the size. We have over 4,000 carpets to choose from, and once our clients have settled on their solid pieces of furniture, like sofas and dining tables, we then help them through the process of finding the right carpet to go with their style or décor. Many HK homes have lovely wooden floors, which are great to lay carpets on, and with the extensive selection we have – from classic Persians and tribals to the latest designer rugs, all under one roof – it’s easy to find the perfect piece to adorn a home.

This Fine Persian Nains carpet works well with a cooler colour scheme
This Fine Persian Nains carpet works well with a cooler colour scheme

Which fabrics or styles are most popular right now?

There are many trends in carpets and we stock a vast range, so everyone can find their comfort zone in terms of what they like; having said that, over the past few years, Persian fine and tribal carpets have made a big comeback. It’s all about elegance, with rich colours, and designs incorporating swirls of leaves and vines, birds, flowers or tribal geometric patterns, either in plush wool or fine silk. These carpets work well with contemporarystyle furnishings and give such a unique look, as each piece is a one-off and hand-made. They really are an artwork on the floor!

A Fine Kasmir Silk carpet is a classic choice
A Fine Kasmir Silk carpet is a classic choice

What do you recommend in terms of cleaning and care to ensure a carpet lasts a long time?

We always suggest that you use padding under the carpet before placing it on the floor, to stop it from sliding. Next, before you put furniture on the carpet, get something like cork rings or squares and place them where the legs of the sofa or the coffee table will sit; this helps to soften the pressure dents from the furniture and it protects the edges from damaging the carpet in the long run. Give the carpet a light vacuum every other day or when needed, and wash it once every four to five years. For stains and spots, immediately use soda water on the relevant area, and soak it up with paper towels. You can also use dishwashing detergent diluted with water for any spots.

CarpetBuyer

Unit 2604-07, 26/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau | 2850 5508 | carpetbuyer.com

This article first appeared in the Apr/May edition of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.

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