Wouldn’t you though?
Floor, wall or ceiling? This Afghan kilim will make you smile and you can even upholster a chair with it. Now meet the man who is addicted to rugs.
How d’you fancy this kilim brightening up your life? It’s from Rug Addiction, a local business I first came across in Home & Colonial in Berkhamsted. It’s rich and soft and lovely to fondle: the minute you get your mitts on it you appreciate the quality. It’s versatile and can be displayed flat on the floor, up a wall, or on the ceiling. Even more marvellous is the fact that you can buy a kilim-covered chair. To get you started on this rug journey, this is an affordable kilim, hand woven in Afghanistan.
The owner of Rug Addiction is Chris Vin. Chris is a man who can weave a few tales. He’s travelled all over the world, but is most attached to places where he can find a beautiful rug or two. At the moment, his favourite rug-buying locations are Afghanistan and Iran. Chris has been on his well-trodden rug path for years. Since he left school in fact. He’s worked for big retailers, but is now making a name for himself with Rug Addiction, based in Markyate near St Albans.
The rugs are new and antique although the majority are brand new. You can also find Rug Addiction in Three Wise Monkeys near St Albans, The Swan in Tetsworth and the Old Flight House in Oxfordshire. But that’s just for starters. Chris tells me that the best way to view a rug is to see it rolled out in your home before rolling around on it yourself. That’s the real test. So if you’d like to see more, Chris will visit you at home with a car load of ruggage.
All of the rugs are hand made so it’s not like buying a dress from a high street store. You’ll never see the same rug again. And actually, you’re unlikely to find rugs of the same quality in high street shops. Chris is dealing with your higher end of rug, so yes, what I’m leading up to is that they are not the cheapest thing you’ll ever buy. But if you get to meet Chris, he will explain that it takes four or five weavers working for six months to make a rug that is 3m x 2.5m. Wouldn’t you agree that £3,200 is quite a reasonable price?
If you can, I would suggest that you go and have a look at these kilims and rugs – it’s hard to convey the textures and depth of colours in photos. There are also loads more on the Rug Addiction website. The dyes are all natural: madder, berries and indigo, just to get you in the mood. Chris is also planning a couple of events in Herts where you can hear tales from him about the far flung places where he travels to track down these beauties, and how they are made.
Chris says that he likes the fact that increasingly in our homes we’re mixing old and new. In his own home he has 45 rugs. One of his greatest pleasures is seeing his rugs float down and settle in to someone else’s home. He loves to hear the stories about how people’s lives are enriched by their new found addiction to rugs.
You can find Chris’s rugs at: Home & Colonial, 134, High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3AT; Three Wise Monkeys, The Saddlery, Woodcock Hill, St Albans, AL4 9HJ; The Swan, 5 High Street, Tetsworth, OX9 7AB; The Old Flight House, Weston-on-the-Green, OX25 3TJ