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When I think of rugs I just think of my grandmother's flower patterned ones, aren't they a bit outdated these days?

When I think of rugs I just think of my grandmother's flower patterned ones, aren't they a bit outdated these days?

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When I think of rugs I remember my grandmother's old persian style rugs too, faded and frayed but as good as ever. I also think of stepping on the corner of the bathroom rug to avoid cold tiles when I've got no shoes on. I think about the kids playing on their "flying" carpet, I think about the dog curled up on the rug in front of the fire, or the cosy shag-pile rug under the sofa.

Rugs have uses that don't have much to do with style and are far from outdated: A rug on a hard wood floor is as much about protecting it and making it more comfortable on the feet as it is about looking trendy.

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And, of course, there're plenty of modern rugs that fulfil any such purpose, the modern selection of rugs at Carpet Court are testament to the simple fact that rugs are far from outdated.

But, even function aside, those old purple and brown rugs in your grandmother's house are simply a matter of taste. 80s floral patterns have been out of fashion for a while, but we should know by now that any style that's been out for more than 20 years will probably be back in at some point again soon!

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In fact the look might be back already: The taste for classic solid furniture is all the rage at the moment. You see this sort of thing in the trendy coffee shops where everything is made of bare iron or ex-railway sleepers. There's a fashion for old leather sofas and wooden coffee tables. Shabby chic, up-cycling, vintage cool. And the most stylish flooring you can have at the moment is a solid timber floor

All of this is screaming out for a classy bit of soft furnishing. Just like, perhaps, an old flowery rug. It seems like a hipster's dream to me, and the perfect way to dress a modern apartment with up-to-date style

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