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New beginnings

The beginning of an exciting new venture

Having been immersed in the world of antique carpets for over 20 years now, I have often dipped my toes into the parallel, but slightly different, world of contemporary rugs.

Sometimes a client has asked me to source a particular carpet; on other occasions I have chanced upon a new rug which I have just had to take home and try out. Others, I have added to my stock, and offered for sale, alongside my antiques.

Rugs are now more popular than ever, as people yearn for colour and design in their interiors, and they are being sought by all generations. Long gone are the days of minimalism with bare floors. People are drawn to the warmth and humanity of hand-made rugs. As a result, the contemporary rug market is an energetic and exciting scene right now, full of innovation and bristling with energy.

So the time has come for action. And time for a new, responsive and modern business based on a simple but highly effective website.

To achieve my goals I quickly realised I needed help. Preferably from someone outside the antique rug world; someone with a natural flair for interior design and a natural business sense. All arrows pointed to my friend Alex Duddy, who had already helped me with some marketing projects, and is someone who I enjoy working with very much. I am delighted that Alex has come fully on board, and become a partner and co-director in this new business, Joshua Lumley Contemporary Ltd.

Our initial buying trips have already yielded great results, and we have found several rug makers whose work we love. We have placed several orders, and so far been delighted by the results. And more new stock is on its way, which we can’t wait to share with you.

Exciting times indeed.