What is the first question you ask when you meet a potential client?
My job is to look for and refine the customer´s ideas, so my first question is what visions the client has. If the client does not have a particular vision, we go through what kind of design and styles the client is fond of and go from there.
In most cases there are interesting items, which can be used as a focal point. Textiles and colors are very important and will need to work together. If you have a noisy sofa it might be a good idea to choose a calm carpet and vice versa.
You do not have to be extremely rich to have a nice home. Personally, I use to mix and match between flea market bargains, discount store items and exclusive pieces. This is usually how you bring out the true personality of a home or a room.
Are there any basic rules when combining different types of carpets? Can I combine a Kilim with a Persian Carpet?
There is no reason to be afraid of mixing and matching if you find harmony in the colors. My best tip is probably not to be afraid of large carpets or rugs. If you have a large room it can be very stylish and striking with a large carpet under the sofa.
Are certain types of carpets better for certain types of rooms?
Not really and it is totally up to you and what you like. Personally, I would not put a Dorri in a bedroom because I like to put my feet on a thick, plush carpet. If a Dorri looks good and you are comfortable with it, there is no reason not to.
I want a practical rug in the hallway because this is where you enter with wet shoes or Wellingtons, especially in northern Europe.
I have a Persian carpet in my kitchen and it is both stylish and fairly practical because most carpets contain natural wool oil, which acts as a natural repellent. This oil is also what gives the carpet its lustre.
How wild can I be when choosing a carpet?
Do not be afraid to let your personality reflect your choice of carpet. In the end, it is your home and the most important critic is yourself - no one else.
Picture 2: Elizabetth Henberg
Picture 3: Elizabetths interior decoration