Luxurious Rug Designs

For many of us, wall-to-wall floor coverings are history and hard floors are here to stay. And yes, we love them, but they're not exactly cosy and that's why your room needs a rug.

Sheepskin Rug
There's nothing like a sheepskin rug to soften a hard floor – it's the ultimate in comfort. Just ask your toes! The trick is not to skimp on quality. Go for the thickest, plushest pile you can find for maximum snuggle factor. Maintain your rug by washing it in cold water and brushing it with a comb or wire brush, once when wet and again when dried. Don't reserve it just for the floor either – throw it on the sofa or the bed for sheer sensuality. Pet owners beware; this type of rug, which is essentially an animal skin, is favourite chewing material for cats and dogs.
Available from a variety of stores including:
Level 1, 31 Princes Highway
St Peters NSW 2044
Ph: (02) 9557 4040
Price: Approx. $700 (six skins)

Flokati Rug
The flokati also scores pretty highly on the toe test. Originally used by Greek shepherds for clothing and bedding, the flokati has since come a long way. In the 60s it was a must-have item and now they're back as the retro style statement. It's the perfect partner for a designer piece or even a bean-bag.
Available from a variety of stores including:
Chee Soon & Fitzgerald
387 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 9360 1031
Price: $250

Charcoal Block Rug
There's softness, indulgence and luxury – and then there's texture. It has been said that what you feel underfoot affects the way you feel about a place. That's the philosophy of the people at Customweave Carpets and Rugs who design their rugs starting at the feet. We featured one of their creations that's a combination of textures: shag-pile, loop-pile and cut-pile to make a combination which is a total toe tease. And if they're right about it affecting your feelings you should be all over the place with this one - a case of sensory overload. It's made from alpaca wool, but you can get them in a multitude of options from leather to suede covered pebbles. So they're not only aesthetically pleasing, they are interactive as well - perfect for soothing the modern soul.
Customweave Carpets and Rugs
499 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 9699 2499
Price: $5200

A soft rug is a sensual pleasure for both sight and touch, and for those living on wooden or vinyl flooring - like an island of comfort in a sea of hardness.

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