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Axminster

Want to come with us on a magic carpet ride?

Want to come with us on a magic carpet ride? Our collection of sumptuous carpets, rugs and runners – designed in collaboration with the Royal Warrant-holding Axminster Carpets – will indeed infuse your home with the magic of colour and pattern.

Since the Devonshire factory was founded in 1755, Axminster has famously woven floor coverings for some of the most iconic buildings around the world, from Brighton Pavilion to Buckingham Palace. The original Axminster carpet commissioned for Windsor Castle was walked on by some 18 million tourists in 12 years and, at the end of its life, still looked good.

In the home, any of the designs in the House of Hackney x Axminster Carpets collection will infuse a room with the same sense of history and majesty. And all will endure just as long: thanks to a combination of luxurious yet hardwearing British wool and meticulous craftsmanship, each one is guaranteed to last for years to come, no matter what daily life throws at it (animals and children, we’re looking at you). 

Here’s everything you need to know before you take to the floor…

What size rug should I order?

There are up to four different sizes to choose from in the collection (depending on which design you go for): the luxurious 1.2m by 1.8m is ideal for the bedroom or for laying down beside the fireplace, while the extravagant 1.8m by 2.4m is designed with living rooms in mind. The grander 2.4m by 3m is perfect for open plan spaces, whereas the palatial 3m by 4.8m is made for impressive living or dining rooms, ballrooms and other such dimensionally blessed environs.

Another consideration in terms of sizing might be whether you would like the rug to unify a room (in which case, the large the better) or to break it up by defining different areas or zones (if so, opt for one of the smaller sizes).

Are the edges of your floor coverings whipped or bound?

The edges of our rugs are not whipped. Your professional carpet fitter will be able to whip the edges of your chosen carpet if necessary. The sides of our runners do not require finishing (in fact, our runners are designed so as to be more aesthetically pleasing without whipped edges), but we can provide runners with finished ends at the top and bottom – this would only be necessary if the runner is not going to be fitted, i.e. it is to be used as a hallway rug.

What are the rub counts for the House of Hackney fabrics?

Our velvets and cotton-linens boast rub counts of 40,000+, our cut-velvets achieve a count of 25,000+ and our jacquards come in at 10,000+.

All our fabrics are family-friendly and hardwearing whilst remaining luxurious to the touch.

Can your runners be made to different widths?

Yes, you can order a bespoke runner with a width of up to 91cm. To give you an idea of how it will look, we will send you a CAD (computer-aided design) image of your chosen runner in the width specified by you. Please note that for bespoke-width runners there is an additional charge of £695.

Can your runners be used on stairways with returns and corners?

Yes – a professional carpet fitter would be best placed to advise on what length and width of runner you should order, as well as how the runner would fit on staircases with corners and returns.

For staircases with a curve or complicated return, would it be best to order a runner or a fitted carpet?

Both would work, so it’s entirely up to – though we would recommend contacting a professional carpet fitter for an expert opinion. 

If I order a SABER runner can it feature more than one tiger?

On standard staircases, the SABER runner would feature just the one tiger. However, if you’re looking to order a longer runner that will stretch across multiple staircases or different spaces (e.g. onto a landing), then we would be able to create a bespoke runner with a number of tigers prowling on it – we would just need to know your specific requirements to get the runner looking just right. For more details and to place a bespoke order, please contact our Customer Services team.

 

Can I change the placement of the SABER tiger on my runner?

Yes, just let us know how far away (in centimetres) from the start and end of the runner that you would like the tiger to sit.

Can I order my floor covering in a custom colour?

At present, we do not offer custom colours. The entire House of Hackney x Axminster Carpets collection is woven on one loom from just nine shades of yarn, the colours ranging from ‘Petrol’ and ‘Vermillion’ to ‘Blush’ and ‘Tobacco’ – all hand-picked to represent our signature palette. We feel that the effect is at once harmonious, unique and timeless. 

Can the scale of the patterns be changed?

Again, this is something we are currently unable to do. We have worked closely with the talented craftspeople at Axminster Carpets to translate our prints into floor coverings that are woven in rich detail with perfect proportions. As such, each print makes a statement (there’s a reason we call it “art for the floor”) while beautifully suiting any space, whether big or small.

Can you provide an estimate for fitting costs?

We have an online guide that shows you the estimated cost for a runner on a simple, straight staircase. For runners on other types of staircases or for fitted carpets, you would need to contact a professional carpet fitter for a quote.

Do your floor coverings come with a gurantee or warrantee?

Each design is guaranteed to last for up to 25 years, thanks to that aforementioned combination of expert craftsmanship and the finest British wool. For all its beauty and superbly soft texture, wool is also incredibly durable and hardwearing. The fibre’s crimped structure gives it an inherent spring and elasticity – meaning that wool floor coverings can resist indentations left by furniture and retain their beauty for years to come.

How do I care for my floor covering?

Even though it’s guaranteed to last, there are a few things you can to do to keep your floor covering looking as good as new, even 25 years later.

Our top tip would be to take your shoes off (and ask your guests to do so as well): this will not only safeguard against dirty footprints but will also prevent the soles of your shoes from damaging the carpet pile. Rearranging the positions of your furniture pieces from time to time can also help to reduce any wear and tear.

As the natural structure and waxy coating of wool gives it an in-built resilience to dirt, wool floor coverings are tough to get mucky – but when they do, they’re easy to clean: just invest in an upright vacuum and go over your rug, runner or carpet regularly. As for spills and stains? Steer clear of bleach or harsh chemicals – instead, act promptly and blot using mild, dissolved liquid detergent to clean the area, ensuring not to rub or get it too wet.

While still new, your wool floor covering may shed a little fluff – vacuum it regularly and the fluff won’t affect the luxurious look and feel of the pile. And if the pile ever starts to look flat, simply vacuum against the direction of the pile to give it a lift.  

Printed in England by family-run factories in areas where the textile trade goes back generations, our fabrics are made using environmentally friendly methods and materials. And, by recovering the furniture you already own, you too can play a part in protecting the environment – saving timeworn pieces from winding up in landfill, where 627,000 tonnes of discarded designs (the equivalent of 4.2 million sofas) find themselves each year.

Read on to discover more about reupholstering (a task for which we always recommend a skilled professional, unless you’re a dab hand at DIY – our Customer Services team will be able to point you in the right direction).

Spotted another window of opportunity for your favourite House of Hackney fabric? Our online made-to-measure service makes it incredibly easy to create your dream curtains or blinds: simply enter a few details and our expert craftsmen will get to work, whipping up wondrous window coverings especially for you.

What if the walls are old or slightly curved?

We recommend a technique called “wallpaper stitching” to ensure a perfect finish.

Simply follow our step-by-step guide as usual, ensuring the room is cool and well-aired to prevent the wallpaper from shrinking.

Next, reach for some low-tack painter’s masking tape (we recommend FrogTape Yellow for delicate surfaces – just avoid using masking tape as this could damage the protective finish of your wallpaper).

Apply approx. 15cm of the tape across the seams (every 30 – 40cm) to keep them held together. Wait 24 hours for the adhesive paste applied behind your wallpaper to air-dry, then use a hairdryer or a sponge/soft cloth with a little hot water to gently go over the tape – this makes its glue dissolve, so the tape can then peel off more easily. 

By keeping the seams tightly together, this technique prevents them from opening up when the paper dries. As well as old walls with uneven, bumpy surfaces, “wallpaper stitching” works well on dark wallpaper and the designs in our ‘Climbing Walls’ collection – preventing any white edges of the wallpaper from showing between the solid block-colour backdrops.

How do I wallpaper the corners of a room?

For internal corners, start by pasting the wall into the corner and a little way around. Match up the left edge of the wallpaper and brush it into the corner and around it. It may be that the corner is not perfectly vertical – you’ll only need to go around the corner with the paper by approx. 2-3cm or until the wall is vertical again.

As per our step-by-step guide, the first sheet of wallpaper should have been hung 40cm out from the corner, so do the same here (or match up to that line) and overlap the paper. It’s perfectly fine for the paper in the corner to overlap and, though it could be left to dry, for a professional finish you should take a very sharp or fresh blade, along with a steel straight-edge, to cut the papers where they overlap. Remove the excess off the top paper, then peel the top paper back and remove the excess of the bottom paper.

Next, push the top paper down: it should match and meet perfectly with the bottom paper and join like two seams of wallpaper. (This is why it’s a good idea to overlap in a corner, so any potential mismatches don’t show!)

As for external corners? When you hang the paper to the wall, wrap it around the corner. Again, the wall may not be “true”, so some overlapping may be required – in which case, follow our instructions above to ensure that the overlap in not in sight, but around the corner instead.

 

How do I tackle plug sockets and fittings?

Start by unscrewing and removing the outer casing of the socket or switch. Apply the sheet of wallpaper as normal and let it hang over the socket area. Next, use a knife to slice a cross-shaped opening, diagonally from corner to corner across the socket area, then cut away the excess. Smooth the paper down with a brush or sponge before reattaching the front cover of the socket.

Which rooms are House of Hackney wallpapers designed for?

Our wallpaper is designed for each and every room in the home: we see it as an opportunity to completely transform any space, imbuing it with beauty and personality. Even if you just wallpaper a small box room or an under-stairs cupboard, you’ll find yourself immersed in a magical world of print and colour.

 

How do I know which print will work in a certain room?

Two of the biggest misconceptions are that you should paint your walls white to make your home feel more spacious, and that wallpaper everywhere will only make rooms feel smaller – if anything, it opens them up and creates depth by drawing you in. So, don’t worry about the size of a room and instead focus on the mood you wish to convey: while bold, psychedelic designs work well in the living room, prints that are a little more serene – think nature-inspired motifs in tranquil colour palettes – are best for the bedroom and bathroom.

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A Corner of Paradise

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INTERIOR & PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH DEAN
INTERIOR & PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH DEAN

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook. A snug away from the main action where you can curl up in a comfy chair and hit pause, if only for a moment. In a room where absolutely everything and anything goes, this is truly where the magic happens.

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A Corner of Paradise

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In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook.

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In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook.

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In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook.

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A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more worthy.

The last few pieces of the puzzle are the myriad layers and textures that make a space so inviting. Think a coffee table stacked with books and tactile cushions in an intriguing mix of shapes, sizes and patterns – all things which are easy to move around until you find a combination that appeals to you. A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more swoon-worthy with the addition of eye-catching candelabras, hand-painted porcelain candle pots and treasured keepsakes you’ll have picked up on your travels.

The last few pieces of the puzzle are the myriad layers and textures that make a space so inviting. Think a coffee table stacked with books and tactile cushions in an intriguing mix of shapes, sizes and patterns – all things which are easy to move around until you find a combination that appeals to you. A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more swoon-worthy with the addition of eye-catching candelabras.

A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more worthy.

The last few pieces of the puzzle are the myriad layers and textures that make a space so inviting. Think a coffee table stacked with books and tactile cushions in an intriguing mix of shapes, sizes and patterns – all things which are easy to move around until you find a combination that appeals to you. A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more swoon-worthy with the addition of eye-catching candelabras.

Is living in a white-painted box driving you up the wall?

Made from wood pulp sourced from FSC-certified trees, complete with added textile fabrics for strength and stability, our wallpaper is PVC-free and produced using the eco-friendliest methods available.

 

“We will never stop fighting for this planet, for ourselves, our future and for the future of our children and grandchildren.”

- Greta Thunberg, Environmental Activist

INTERIOR & PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH DEAN

If your existing seats are well-loved, but perhaps a little too well-worn, be it a sumptuous printed velvet or a smooth cotton-linen – can be enough to make you want to snuggle up on them all over again.

When it comes to furniture (which can also be a scene stealer in its own right), your choice will likely be dictated by the number of family members and friends who will regularly be hanging out here: will a cosy two-seater sofa be enough, or will you also need a chaise longue and a few ‘bottomans’ for your visitors to park their, um, bottoms on? If your existing seats are well-loved, but perhaps a little too well-worn, recovering them in a new fabric – be it a sumptuous printed velvet or a smooth cotton-linen – can be enough to make you want to snuggle up on them all over again.

A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more worthy.

When it comes to furniture (which can also be a scene stealer in its own right), your choice will likely be dictated by the number of family members and friends who will regularly be hanging out here: will a cosy two-seater sofa be enough, or will you also need a chaise longue and a few ‘bottomans’ for your visitors to park their, um, bottoms on? If your existing seats are well-loved, but perhaps a little too well-worn, recovering them in a new fabric – be it a sumptuous printed velvet or a smooth cotton-linen – can be enough to make you want to snuggle up on them all over again.

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