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How to Identify Traditional Afghan Rugs

How does one identify a carpet as an authentic Afghan rug? If they came from Afghanistan originally, where are they made now and most importantly, where can you source one? Well, you’re certainly in the right place to buy, so let’s focus on the history, characteristics and the key styles to look out for in the traditional Afghan rug. Rugs from Afghanistan have retained their popularity within the Afghan community both in the East and having emigrated over time, now also in the West. T...

Posted On: 19/09/2017

Burghley Horse Trials 2017

This year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials take place from 31st August to 3rd September, with the gates opening at 7.30am. We’ll be there! Will you? Over the four day event, 160,000 visitors are expected to come through the gates of Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire, one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age. The horse trials have taken place within the beautiful parklands of Burghley House, for over 50 years’.  The event is well renowned a...

Posted On: 30/08/2017

How To Achieve The Best Layered Rug Look

It can be great fun but plenty of hard work decorating a property, but even if you think you have a real eye for interior design there’s one place that is almost impossible for you to get just right – your own home. Just about everybody can walk into a friend or family member’s home and either pick fault with a piece of artwork or marvel at how comfortable the sofa is and how great the table display is. So, why can’t we get our own homes to meet the same high standards and what can w...

Posted On: 22/08/2017

A History Of Flying Carpets

Many will have marvelled at the magic of 1992s Disney blockbuster, Aladdin, starring a sentient Persian rug, aptly named ‘Carpet’. With the ability to fly, think, feel and whisk Aladdin high over Agrabah, this key supporting character is probably the most famous flying carpet in modern day culture. As there is not much to note in more recent literature, those looking for a flying carpet throwback can find this very special character today in the highly praised Aladdin Musical. But ...

Posted On: 15/08/2017

Woven Histories into Rugs

Being faithful to colour and design is one of the main responsibilities for the Afghan refugees, who weave the unique, yet striking Afghan Kazak rugs. Originally, the rugs were assembled by Turkmen (Turkic people located primarily in central Asia) and exported from Pakistan, however, now the duty seems to have been passed to the people of Pakistan since many raw materials for the process of rug making have been located on the edge of the country.  A diverse range of cultures and...

Posted On: 24/07/2017

3 Reasons Why It’s Important To Get Your Rugs Cleaned Professionally

​ Many of us feel as though we’re pretty handy around the house. We know how to use a hoover and a duster, so how hard can it be to clean a rug? Well actually, there’s a lot to be said for investing in the help of professional cleaning services, especially when it comes to cleaning rugs. Here’s just a few… After running the hoover around for half an hour or so you might take a step back and think “yeah, that looks a lot better – almost like new in fact” and in many cases, i...

Posted On: 10/07/2017

How to create a Boho living space

The word ‘boho’ is short for bohemian, a term coined by French artists to describe their wish to set themselves apart from the stuffy, rigid ideals of the time. Now we use it to mean an arty, casual, earthy design with lots of different elements thrown in. Boho living spaces are comfortable and, above all, interesting. You should always decorate each room according to your own personality, but you should also always feel free to take inspiration from elsewhere! Let’s have a look at some...

Posted On: 26/04/2017

Spring Cleaning Tips: Upholstery

Spring is here, and you know what that means. It’s time to put the rubber gloves on, open up the cupboards, and get cleaning the house. The mighty spring clean can seem like a pretty arduous task – upholstery in particular is notorious for gathering annoying, difficult stains. Luckily, help is at hand for the concerned cleaner… As specialist rug retailers and cleaners, we at Oakham Rugs have a whole host of knowledge to help you get your home prepped for entertaining guests over the...

Posted On: 23/03/2017

Colour Schemes for Living Rooms 2017

Are you feeling gloomy now that winter 2017 is in full swing? Do you see nothing but dull greys each time you walk into your sunless living room? Don’t worry. Rich, bright colours are right on trend this year! The Pantone Colour Institute predicts rich, bright colours to be the trend we’ll see in living rooms across the country this year. Unveiling their upcoming palettes at the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show, Pantone explained they had been inspired by brightly-coloured fi...

Posted On: 09/02/2017

Our 2017 Winter Sale in Full Swing

Our Winter sale has begun and we have a whole host of amazing rugs at incredibly low prices just for you. The sale is on for a limited time only, so be sure not to miss out. More and more people are saying goodbye to carpets and are opting for wooden flooring instead. As such, many are choosing to adorn their homes with statement rugs. Something we talked about in our recent blog post “The Rug Revival” – Read it here. This means our Winter sale has come just at the right time...

Posted On: 17/01/2017

Christmas at Oakham Rugs

Christmas is almost upon us and we just wanted to let you know that we’ll be open up until Christmas Eve.  The Oakham Rugs store will close from Saturday 24th December until Thursday 29th December.  We’ll be open on Friday 30th December from 10am until 5pm and on Saturday 31st December from 10am until 3pm.   We’ll be closed on Monday 2nd January, but opening times will return to normal as from January 3rd. What’s more, our January sale will begin on Sa...

Posted On: 19/12/2016

How To Choose The Right Rug For Christmas

There are a variety of aspects to consider when choosing a rug for your home, especially for winter and for Christmas. Usually around this time of year you want a rug that’ll feel soft and cosy beneath your feet. To help you make the right decision, we’ve put together a short guide to help you find the right rug for Christmas... Select a colour that matches your theme If you’ve decorated your home for Christmas before, you’ll likely know what colour scheme you follow, in which case...

Posted On: 12/12/2016

The Rug Revival

More and more people are saying goodbye to carpets and are instead opting for wooden flooring. As such, many are choosing to adorn their homes with beautiful, statement rugs. Here we take a look at the rug revival... In recent years we’ve seen some huge changes in interior design, home furnishings and flooring. The home furnishings industry is often described as erratic; however many businesses have reported that flooring is currently one of their strongest channels. This is thought ...

Posted On: 21/11/2016

Preparing your home for winter

With the chill of winter in the air, now is the time to add simple decorative touches to your home to make it cosy and welcoming. With a little inspiration, you can easily create 'snuggle up' spaces to ensure that everyone in the family finds the house inviting, warm and relaxing, just in time for Christmas... Whether you hibernate all winter or just simply want to be warm and comfortable once you come back home from work, you must prepare for the cold season ahead. Here are a few simple ti...

Posted On: 27/10/2016

Welcome to the Oakham Oriental Rugs Blog!

​To ensure you’re armed with all the knowledge you require to make a decision on what is the right rug for you and your home, we’ve decided to create a blog, where we’ll alert you to the latest trends, new products and so much more. Rugs are often seen as an essential item in most homes today, which is why we often work with interior designers. For this reason, we always make sure we have a great selection of both modern rugs and traditional rugs to suit all tastes. What’s more, if ...

Posted On: 29/09/2016