Meanwhile, on Watership Down hill, Fiver and his bunny buddies had escaped the vicious Owsla. But nothing could prepare them for the RUG…

Glaswegian design duo Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons (AKA Timorous Beasties) has teamed up with Brintons carpets to create a collection of stunning hand-tufted rugs, which will be on display at 146-148 Clerkenwell Road during London Design Festival. I’ve been a fan of the controversial Toile fabrics and wallpaper collection which features Glasgow, London, ‘urban images’ and, rather randomly, ‘pineapples’ for ages, so I’m thrilled to hear about this new collaboration from the “William Morris on acid” designers. I’ll pop along to the launch party later this month to find out more and report back. As well as their fabulous designs, I love the Burns-inspired company name, which is impossible to say without using a thick, Scottish accent. OCH AYE! – Ellie


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Welsh wool treats

April 16, 2009

I visited the Melin Tregwynt woollen mill in Wales this week, and was bowled over by the gorgeous collections on display.

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From polka dots to traditional woven patterns, there’s a design to suit every style and taste. I spent many happy hours browsing the blankets and cushions in the lovely gift shop – much to my boyfriend’s chagrin!

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It was fascinating to watch the old weaving looms in action, and nice to see the local sheep literally on the door step of the factory enjoying the sunshine. If you’re in the area, it’s well worth popping in to visit this lovely mill, and check out the Solva Woollen Mill close by, too. If you’re nowhere near Wales, both mills do mailorder, so don’t despair! – Ellie

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New rugs from John Lewis

March 30, 2009

Check out these gorgeous rugs from the new John Lewis rugs collection.

Harlequin Eloni Rug, Pink, W170 x L240cm, £525

Harlequin Eloni Rug, Pink, W170 x L240cm, £525

Harlequin Inspire Rug, Black, H240 x W170cm, £595

Harlequin Inspire Rug, Black, H240 x W170cm, £595

Sanderson Etchings and Roses Rugs, Citron, W120 x L180cm, £318

Sanderson Etchings and Roses Rugs, Citron, W120 x L180cm, £318

 There are so many beautiful designs, it’s hard to choose a favourite, but the yellow Sanderson Etchings and Roses one would look fabulous in my living room! – Ellie