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Head Office 2 High Street, Uppingham, Rutland, , LE15 9PZ
The Rug Studio Concession: Holt Antiques & Interior Centre, Thornage Road, Holt, , NR25 6SU
The Rug Studio Warehouse: 21 Acton Trading Estate, The Vale, Acton, London, , W3 7QE
020 8261 7434
With a qualification from art college, a history of learning the craft of rug weaving, spinning and design and travelling the world, Rachel Simpson went on to perfect the technique of rug and textile restoration. She originally studied in the UK with Persian and western rug dealers, then travelled and studied in Turkey and finally led a team of restorers for six years in India. Rachel believes that the skill of restoration is not only in technical capability but also ensuring the use of the correct technique for each job so nothing is 'over-restored'. There is always a minimum of three ways to tackle the restoration of each carpet and it is important to understand how the item was originally damaged and how traffic and usage will ultimately affect the piece. Please call for opening hours at each location.
Nearly 30 years ago Rachel Simpson, director of The Rug Studio, began collecting rugs, kilims and textiles during the course of her travels. When she established the Rug Studio in 1993 she appreciated that clients selected rugs based on what is most visually appealing. Her goal is to help to match the right client to the right rug. This is done by understanding the function of the room and what type of rug works best for different situations. For example, a city workshop carpet or Aubusson (original or reproduction) work well in smart formal rooms; a tribal kilim is ideal for a snug kitchen or hallway. The Rug Studio aims to harmonise function with style to ensure you find the right piece. Please call for opening hours at each location.
The Rug Studio offers a selective range of artistic and transitional design rugs, which have been carefully selected on the basis of the quality of fibres, design, dyes, weaving and construction. A background in art school has given Rachel Simpson, director of The Rug Studio, a clear appreciation of the difference between natural and chemical dyes and the use of either oxidised wool, viscose, bamboo or real silk all of which have an impact on the appearance of the same design. Rachel offers her expertise to help clients make an informed decision about which rug to choose on the basis not only of visual appeal but also the structural qualities of the rugs they decide to purchase. Please call for opening hours at each location.
Nearly 30 years ago Rachel Simpson, director of The Rug Studio, began collecting rugs, kilims and textiles during the course of her travels. Over time she came to appreciate that an understanding of the geography, culture and migration of the tribes influenced the design of these pieces. A lifetime of studying the subtle nuances and handling rugs and textiles has enabled Rachel to discern copies from genuine fine examples of antique pieces. Please call for opening hours at each location.