I have a modest Georgian house built in 1750 and am thinking of laying slate slabs in the living room and kitchen, but I don’t like the straight edges. Do you know of anyone who sells slate slabs with an antiqued edge (i.e. uneven or tumbled)?

Have you seen our Outdoor Flooring feature in Design Topics? We mention that the uneven edge on stone is normally achieved through wear - and is thus a feature of reclaimed stone.

Drummonds offer reclaimed stone, when available. You could also search for reclaimed slate on www.salvoweb.com. You might also try the following companies:  Mandarin Stone who stock a huge range of slates in riven finishes, Martin Moore Stone, specialists in all types of stone including 'aged' varieties, and Paris Ceramics , providers of top quality real and faux stone in all sorts of finishes.


Where can I find charcoal grey and off-white striped carpet?

You could try The Alternative Flooring Company and also Sinclair Till . Both have striped carpets in these tones. Both Bowloom  and Blenheim Carpets  have a huge stock range and can also design and manufacture any carpet to order for you. The runner pictured is George Black from Roger Oates Design.

We are looking for a contemporary rug. Where can we see a good selection of styles?

There are many companies offering thousands of rugs in every conceivable style, colour, texture and size; in traditional, tribal, classic and ultra-contemporary designs. There's  a list below but also scroll through the Contemporary Rugs section under Flooring on TheHouseDirectory.com. Bazaar VelvetFunky RugsGideon Hatch,   Hill & Co,  Jocelyn Warner ,  Loomah,  Riviere Rugs, Sinclair Till Flooring , Top Floor Rugs,   Veedon Fleece

We are looking for a floor paint that can withstand a lot of wear – particularly from office chairs on wheels.  Is there anything that will take this sort of abuse? 

You don't mention the type of floor you wish to paint. You could paint concrete or wooden floors with one of the following: The Little Green Paint Company provide a low odour and quick drying formulation of polyurethane and oil resins, and their floor paint is easy to use and maintain and is exceptionally durable. Mylands have been manufacturing paints and polishes since 1884. Based in Lambeth, they are the oldest paint manufacturer in the country still owned and managed by the same family. Designerpaint is an excellent source of a wide range of paints from different manufacturers and excellent advice. Unless the paint is tested in a particular environment there is no guarantee, but all the floor paints from the above companies will withstand a lot of wear & tear !

Where can I find small geometric black and white tiles, of the sort used in Victorian hallways?

Original Features Restoration is well known for skilled conservation, restoration and reproduction of Victorian tiled floors. They can supply made to measure, hand-cut replacement tiles and provide specialist cleaning products to restore even the grimiest floors to their former glory. Original Features Restoration is a UK distributor for 'Olde English' geometric and encaustic floor tiles.

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