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Rugs and Carpets Throughout Ancient History

As long as we have had floors to walk on and rooms to live in, there have been carpets and rugs to keep us cosy. In this article, the John Frederick team will be tracking the history of rugs all the way back to 1000 BC, helping you build a better picture of how they have evolved throughout the ages. The difference between carpets and rugs Before we get into the history, we thought it best to delineate the differences between carpets and rugs. While used interchangeably by some, the main difference between carpets and rugs is that rugs are essentially…

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The Importance of Professional Carpet Maintenance

Have you ever thought about how much dirt accumulates in your carpet, even if you vacuum it on a regular basis? Vacuum cleaners don’t clean the carpet fibers as deeply as is needed to remove embedded dirt, as studies show vacuum cleaners only remove one third of the overall dirt in carpets. Without regular cleaning of your carpets, the dirt will become the perfect environment for toxins and bacteria to spread, potentially causing health issues for your family or employees.  It is recommended by specialists that you get your carpets cleaned at least once a year, to keep your carpets healthy…

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The Best Curtains & Carpets for a Cosy Home

Home is where the heart is, and for many of us, that means a place that’s cosy, welcoming and comfortable. A lot of this depends on the curtains and carpets we choose, which can all add to the overall mood we’re trying to create. So snuggle up with our top suggestions for curtains and carpets that will give your home the cosy touch.  Let the colours speak The colour scheme you choose has a big impact on the atmosphere of your interiors. Warm hues have long been associated with a rustic, homey decor, so reds, oranges, creams, browns or deep greens…

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What Germs Does My Carpet Harbour?

When you think of cleaning a carpet, the first thing that probably comes to mind is mopping up spills and dealing with stubborn stains.  However, below the surface, there is a lot more to be worried about. In fact, according to microbiology research, your carpet is likely to be about 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat!  As well as this, it’s predicted that a carpet has the capacity to hold four times its own weight in dirt, so it’s clear to see that they act as a breeding ground for all kinds of nasties.     In this article, we’ll take a…

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How to Keep Your Carpet Clean for Longer?

While you might not realise it, your carpet is one of the most expensive features of your home, especially if you’ve opted for something more luxurious. Luckily though, as long as you look after it, a good carpet can last for years and years. With this in mind, the John Frederick team are going to be sharing with you some simple tips and tricks on how to keep your carpet cleaner for longer. Doormats This might not be the advice you wanted to hear, but the easiest way to clean your carpet is by stopping it from getting dirty in the…

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Colour Combinations: What Works & What Doesn’t

Creating fun and interesting colour schemes is one of the most exciting parts of interior design, but it’s not necessarily the easiest. Whether you think you have a great eye for design or not, there’s always more you can learn about colour, which is why we’re here to give you a crash course. What is a colour wheel? To understand how colours interact, the best thing to do is study a colour wheel. A colour wheel is a way in which we can organise colours visually in order to clearly demonstrate the relationships between them. A colour wheel consists of primary…

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How to Choose the Right Carpet for Your Bedroom

The type of flooring we choose for a room can have a profound impact on the way it makes us feel. While wooden flooring offers some fantastic practical benefits for high-traffic areas such as kitchens and living rooms, it doesn’t quite offer that same warmth and cosiness that carpet does when it comes to your bedroom. And given that a bedroom is a relatively low-traffic area of the home, you have more of a license to indulge in something plush and luxurious. But what sort of carpet should you choose? There are dozens of different styles, colours and pile types out…

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Interior Design Trends for 2021

2020 has been a strange year for everyone but, with everyone spending more time at home, interior design and the way people decorate have never been more at the forefront of our minds. We wanted to take a look at some of the most popular interior design trends for 2021 to help you choose your next stylish item – be it an item of furniture or a new set of curtains – so that if you’re spending time at home, you’ve got plenty of inspiration to draw from. Here are five notable trends from 2021 which we think will remain popular…

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Most Iconic Sofas in Film and TV

In any home, a sofa is a place to sit with family and loved ones and relax. So it’s not surprising that almost every television show or film contains a sofa somewhere – some more iconic than others. To help celebrate those sofas which have become almost synonymous with the entertainment pieces in which they featured, we’ve listed some of the most famous sofas. From the fresh and pristine to the tired and trampled. Take a look at our six favourites: Friends – The Central Perk sofa Probably the most iconic of the whole bunch, the sofa on which Ross, Monica,…

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Curtains vs Blinds: Which Are Better?

An important part of furnishing any home, window furnishings usually fall into two categories: curtains and blinds. They both come in a range of styles, colours and materials, and both have been popular with homeowners for a long time. But which ones are better? This month, at John Frederick Ltd, we’ll be explaining the differences between the two, what the benefits of each are and where they are best suited in terms of placement in your home. By pitting the two against each other, you’ll hopefully be able to decide whether you’d prefer curtains or blinds for your home. The difference…

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