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Esprit Rugs From Floormaker

Time comes around so slow when you’re looking forward to the rugs of the week. I have started alternating the posts between Monday & Tuesday – increasing the levels of anticipation to a new high!

You’ll be sad to learn that this is the penultimate edition of rugs of the week; next week will be about the safari and animal themed rugs and then there will be no more. We had an influx of 46 new rugs on Floormaker and I wrote something nice about them all – hurrah. If you’re feeling nostalgic you can read 'Oriental Rugs' which is the most popular rugs of the week post to date.

Let us forget about the past for the moment and concentrate on this week's rugs. It’s the turn of the Esprit design. You may know Esprit already as a clothing brand. Its quality design and material has transcended to rugs.

Esprit Light Beige

This lighter rug exudes class and blends in lovely with furniture and interior design due to its neutral tones and relaxed colour. The bold diamond shapes create a wonderful illusion of depth. A centred background completing the overall style of the rug.
Esprit Light Beige  Diamond Rug

Esprit Dark Beige

The darker version of the diamond rug exhibits a different effect. The darker tones of the pile create a cosy atmosphere and the diamond patterns differentiate between popping and subsiding in the centrepiece of the style. This exudes a contrasting style adding to the overall look of the rug.
Esprit Dark Beige  Diamond Rug

Esprit Terracotta

The terracotta diamond rug is a visual treat too and it adds vibrancy to its style skill set. The outstanding colour and tone of this style add fiery tones to any setting, drawing the focus of the room. A different tone to complement the set of Esprit rugs.

Esprit Terracotta  Diamond Rug

It’s the diamond pattern of these 3 rugs that will win people over. Attention is drawn to the centre of the pieces while the different colours and tones enhance and promote the style in their own way. From clothes to rugs, from the rack to the floor – there is no doubt Esprit have made a quality transition.

Let us know what you think of these rugs and this week's posts on our Facebook page or tweet us if you prefer Twitter. We’ve recently added Instagram to our social media accounts and will be posting some great images of our rugs in the very near future – so keep a look out for that.

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Laminate Installation Tips

staggered flooring planks

In all of Floormaker’s products you’ll find in Instructions and for most laminate floors we’ll tell you to ‘stagger’ it. But, what does that really mean? If you want your laminate floor to look gorgeous but you’re unsure what we’re instructing you to do and you’re a bit too scared to call us up and ask (though you shouldn’t be!) here’s a blog to explain what we mean. 

With many laminate floors Floormaker will instruct you to ‘stagger’ the planks as this way you get both a more attractive looking floor and it’s far, far more durable. 

So let’s get staggering. Make sure you’ve let your packs of flooring acclimatise to the room’s temperature for 72hrs. Then get all the planks up and simply start shuffling them about, just like a pack of cards. Shuffle and mix them up as much as possible so they’re in a completely different order to how they came. Once you’ve finished doing this, you can begin laying, making sure you’re taking all the necessary precautions. 

Shuffling the planks like this means when you begin to lay the planks, all the joints will be at different levels across the room. You don’t want the joints of laminate planks being side by side right the way across your room as they won’t have any room to expand and contract and will soon begin to buckle. And that’s why and how you stagger! So you see it’s actually quite simple. 

All you’re aiming to do is make sure the joints of each and every one of the planks are 12mm away from the next plank’s joint. Leaving a 12mm gap is simply a precaution to make sure your floorboards have plenty of room to expand and contract with bumping into each other and start to buckle. 

If you’re still unsure what we mean when we say ‘stagger’ your laminate, call us on 02920 344 358. We want your flooring to look beautiful so we’ll be more than happy to talk you through the process. 

Updated: 5/7/16

A Selection Of Zieglers

Rugs of the week are back, hurrah! We had such an influx of new and fantastic rugs it has given us (well me) plenty to write about each week.

It’s the turn of our Ziegler rugs in the spotlight. Just half of the range this week, thhere will be more to come next week........bet you can’t wait!

Ziegler rugs originated in Switzerland and have all been manufactured and designed with the Western market in mind. They have endeavoured to create styles and patterns that would help this type of rug fit into modern and traditional decor. 

The soft palette of the rugs pile creates a comfort and cosiness like no other. Softer than most traditional rugs due to its hand knotted manufacture. Coming in 2 sizes, it is able to fit smaller or larger spaces. 

Red and Cream Ziegler

Our red and cream styles are stand out while also blending in. Its discreet patterns and sensuous colours compliment each other and the style of the rug perfectly. Whether you prefer a red or cream centrepiece, we have each option for both. 
Floormaker Red & Cream Ziegler Runner Rug 
Floormaker Cream & Red Ziegler Runner Rug

Blue and Cream Ziegler

The blue and cream version has a more aqueous look to it. The patterns are a little more intricate and offer a different outlook to the flooring. Classic in its design it has the retro look all wrapped up.
Floormaker Blue & Cream Ziegler Runner Rug

Red and Black Ziegler

Serving up the final offer of this week's rugs is the black and cream Ziegler. The vivid contrast that black and red offers is prominent in this design and helps the background patterns on the rug pop.
Floormaker Black & Red Ziegler Runner Rug

Whether you are looking to spice up a modern interior with a classic accessory or add another classic piece to a traditional room – the Ziegler’s have all these properties and more. 

Let us know what you think of our rugs on our Facebook page. 

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New 8mm Laminates from Faus

Furthering our floors of the week range we are back with Faus. We highlighted the 12mm laminates last week, this week we will be talking about our Faus range of 8mm laminate flooring. These are also suitable for commercial use but are also appropriate for domestic use too. 

Night Black Slate Laminate Floor

Delving into our dark laminates is the Faus night black slate. This is a sleek and stylish flooring that creates a moody, hued effect. The random placement of the planks emphasise the abstract design and multi directional specifics.

Faus 8mm Night Black Slate Laminate Flooring

Aventino Slate Laminate Floor

The aventino slate offers a contrast in colour and subsequently a different effect to the black slate. The light tones open up a room while giving it a fresh, sprightly effect. Again, as with the other Faus range, the planks extend in 4 different directions which prove pleasing on the eye. A broad, beige colour makes this flooring suitable for many rooms, with it being able to blend in with a variety of home décor.

Faus 8mm Aventino Arena Slate Laminate Flooring

Imperial Oak Laminate

The Imperial Oak laminate offers the same visual and space enhancing benefits due to its similar lighter tones and effects. It has a multi width plank effect with each plank having 3 different sizes across its breadth. This varies the visual effect the flooring creates and the extra wide planks are ideally suited for larger rooms which can handle and help illuminate the extended flooring.

Faus 8mm Imperial Oak Laminate Flooringl

Traditional Slate Laminate Floor

A traditional flooring this Faus laminate has mosaic and minimal one tone flowery designs impressed on the planks. Bringing tradition back to tiling this flooring is timeless and scales the contemporary and classic design in one floor.  A visually appealing vintage flooring.

Faus 8mm Traditional Tile Laminate Flooring

Palantino Vesuvio Slate Laminate Floor

Last of the 8mm Faus range is the Palantino Vesuvio slate laminate. It’s a stand out flooring all arranged in a organised chaos multi directional and sizing design. Enabling it to be laid in such a manner that it is truly original and it cannot be replicated elsewhere. Orchestrating originality with planks makes this flooring a winning choice.

Faus 8mm Palatino Vesuvio Slate Laminate Flooring

All of the 8mm laminates come with an AC rating, which basically means they are of commercial grade and durability. They can withstand a lot of pressure and heavy footfall – in domestic or commercial atmospheres. So if it’s style or stability you’re looking for, or even both; then these laminates are for you.

You can let us know what you think of our 8mm range on our Facebook page or just send us a tweet to our Twitter account.

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Floors Of The Week: Tiled Authentic Looking Laminates

Faus Commercial Laminate Range

Lately our weekly blog posts have been about our influx of new beautiful rugs. But not today. Today we are going back to our traditional floors of the week. Bet you’ve missed it? Or at least you can pretend you have!  As of last Friday, we have 8 new lines of laminate flooring.  Each of them outstanding in their own special way. 

We’ll talk you through the range of 8mm laminate flooring in next week’s post. This week is all about the three ranges of 12mm laminate we have in and the value they add to the home and in particular the commercial world. If you cannot wait then you can see the other Faus laminates here

Bretagne Oak

Kicking off with the Faus 12mm Bretagne Oak Laminate Flooring. This represents the stylish era of the Palace of Versailles. Enhancing the quality of a room instantly with its palatial aspect and theme of flooring. The lighter tones open up a room to give a more expansive feel and spacious look.

Faus 12mm Bretagne Oak Laminate Flooring

Natural Parquet

The Faus 12mm Natural Parquet Laminate is another lightly toned flooring that embraces the space too. The multi directional flooring creates a varied and refreshing pattern to the flooring and gives texture and effortless style to a room. Different shades of the alternatively aligned planks ingratiated in the pattern building a theme replicated throughout a room.

Faus 12mm Natural Parquet Laminate

Natural Herringbone

Our final instalment for this week’s update is Faus 12mm Natural Herringbone Laminate Flooring. A realistic herringbone pattern embedded in the planks and slewed across the room creating a mesmerising effect. Each splint on the wide plank is individually and expertly bevelled to create a traditional look.
Faus 12mm Natural Herringbone Laminate Flooring

All of the floors are of 12mm thickness. Meaning they are extremely durable and will look equally as great in the office or factory as they are built to last. Substance and style wrapped up in great package.

That’s all for this weeks floors of the week, and if you’re missing the rugs then you can catch up with last week's post here. If you have any comments on our flooring that you would like to share then please let us know on our Facebook page or tweet us.

Thanks for reading. Until next week…….. 

Visionia Styles

Visionia rugs are a visual treat to behold. Machine woven, they are of dense, luxurious cut and loop construction. Anti- static, simple and easy to clean and of exceptional value – all of the sides are overlocked and the ends are folded, adding that extra durability. 

Here at Floormaker we have 5 different tones of Visionia – available in 5 different sizes -   110cm X 60 cm , 230cm X 60 cm, 150cm X 80 cm, 170cm X 120 cm and 230cm X 160 cm. A variety of sizes so they can accommodate and enhance a range of room sizes and shapes. 

Both beige and light beige are filled with neutral, earthy tones and the rue colouring helps to elongate and maximise the appearance of any room it may be laid in.  The patterns are simple but they are stunning in effect. 
Floormaker Visiona Light Beige Style Rug

Floormaker Visiona Beige Style Rug
The red visionia offers a darker, emboldened effect. The scarlet red look bleeds into the rug showcasing its deep hues and shaded appearance. The geometric patterns are of the same shade, the patterns less pronounced with the separation illuminated expertly by the contrasted pale red lines. 
Floormaker Visiona Red Style Rug
The grey visionia replicates the red version with its defined two tones of colour. The grey is a subtler design which blends more into the surroundings rather than standing out. The neutrality of it allows it to blend into most interior designs. 
Floormaker Visiona Grey Style Rug
Saving the treats till last (the chocolate) visionia has a good mix of all the other designs. It’s casual, rich colouring brings a touch of class to proceedings and the slightly different toned colouring melts into the rug with ease. It’s luxurious cut and loop pile is emphasised perfectly with its languid, luscious style. 
Floormaker Visiona Chocolate Style Rug
Like these rugs? Let us know on our Facebook or Twitter. We’ll be sure to answer any queries you may have. If you’ve missed any of our other new rugs you can catch the full range here.

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Delicious Deluxe Styles

The deluxe range has entered the Floormaker building. The last few episodes of rugs of the week have involved different selections of our new range. This week the 5 colour variants of our shaggy rugs get their day in the sun.

Floormaker Two Tone Beige Shaggy Deluxe Rug           Floormaker Black Shaggy Deluxe Rug        Floormaker Cream Shaggy Deluxe Rug      Floormaker Brown Shaggy Deluxe Rug      Floormaker Red Shaggy Deluxe Rug

This two-tone beige deluxe design makes a wonderful addition to a room. Fill up some space or add that bit extra to the home décor. Pleasing to the eye and touch.
beige shaggy rug

The grey or black (you decide) style brings warmth and comfort into the equation. It’s darker hues represent a feeling of cosiness and exudes a comfortable look that makes you want to rest your head on the soft pile and snooze the rest of the day away.
black shaggy rug

The cream deluxe shaggy is the crème de la crème of colours. Cream being a light toned colour helps to give the impression of a larger space and it’s neutrality allows it to fit in with many styles and colours of home décor.
cream shaggy rug
Leading into the brown rug, this has similar visual properties and attractions to the grey/black rug. The brown tones giving it a traditional look which helps it add character and enhanced history to a room. The plush fibres give it a comforting yet classic look.
brown shaggy rug

Finishing up with the red shaggy. This rug's colour explodes into your attention with its vibrant, efficacious tone. It will stand out in a room as a centrepiece or a welcome distraction. The red tone exuding warmth with the thick pile backing up that style with real substance.

red shaggy rug

While the same styles, these deluxe rugs have subtle differences from each other with the differing tones and colours, with the red being the most enigmatic! If you like you can let us know on Facebook what you think of these tones and colours. Feedback is always welcome!

You can catch up with our full range here and take a peek at our previous rugs of the week.

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Romany Rugs

Our new range of rugs have now been on the website a matter of weeks and they are proving to be very popular indeed.

This week I will be introducing and talking about our Romany rug selection. Although by looking at these rugs they more than speak for themselves.


The Cherry Red Romany rug is a delightful shaggy rug. The deep red tone provides a luxurious look. The lush pile is soft and comfortable to the touch. Substantial as well as stylish; it comes with a gel backed base to guard against slipping.
Floormaker Cherry Red Romany Washable Rug


The Chocolate Brown Romany rug offers a resplendent and dreamy look to the shaggy range. The tone is distributed evenly across the pile showcasing a cosy and comforting look. Popular for bathrooms due to their anti slip base, but this rug would look splendid in any room.
Floormaker Chocolate Brown Romany Washable Rug


Tailing it off with a touch of panache and poise is the Cherise Pink Romany rug. More outlandish than the chocolate or the cherry; visually prominent. Adding both a focal and effervescent style to a room, complimenting without overshadowing the current home décor. As with the other Romany rugs it has an anti slip base, giving you the option to light up the bathroom without the need for a light.
Floormaker Cerise Pink Romany Washable Rug

Do you have a favourite? If so we’d love to know. You can tell us on our Facebook page or tweet us your opinion. Take a look out our Pinterest board with the rugs displayed in all their glory.

You can catch up with our previous postings here.

Picasso Style Rugs

Hi everyone, guess what we are talking about this week on our blog? Yup – it’s rugs. We have a whole range of splendid rugs to show off about, and where better than on our blog.

This week we are mainly talking about our new Picasso range. Most of you will have heard of the famous artist Pablo Picasso. These rugs have abstract patterns similar to his works and style. Imitation is the highest form of flattery and all of our Picasso ranges will do just that. Flattering a home, office and all types of flooring.

Ebony Picasso Whirl Rug

A modern take on the artist’s style. Weaving contemporary with classic, this hand-tufted rug is a beauty that exudes style from every fibre. The earthy colours are encapsulated in the geometric patterns - the wispy swirls are a sensation. 

Red Picasso Whirl Rug

Similar to the Ebony but with more fire based and heated colours. It’s warmth and welcoming effect is replicated throughout the rug. It’s pattern and colours are designed to be able to suit any home décor and fit in with a variety of interior designs. 

Multi Colour Picasso Whirl Rug

A truly vibrant version of the Picasso rug. The effervescent colours inject colour and personality into any surroundings. It doesn’t just catch the eye; it holds it and refuses to let go. Contemporary and contentious due to its marmite effect. You either love or loathe this piece – it’s an opinion polariser - puerile or perfection, the choice is yours!

Fuchsia Picasso Whirl Rug

This rug is based on the artist’s designs and the fundamental colours of the fuchsia flower. This delight combination creates a mesmerising rug. The swirling geometric patterns encapsulate the colours perfectly, emanating style and substance. Soft to the touch and pleasing on the eye it’s a delight to the senses. 
And there you have it, another eventful blog with 4 of our Picasso designs, there is enough options there to suit anyone. 

We’d love to know what your favourite is. Tell us on our Facebook which one floats your boat. Or hop on over to our Twitter and follow us, meaning you never miss any updates.

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