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Fringes of Plymouth Vs. COVID-19

The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here, (albeit, this post is a little late! We’ve been SUPER busy.) Fringes of Plymouth have been allowed to reopen. Boy, are we glad, too! It’s not just our customers that have suffered over the closure, our staff have been itching to get back to work, too.

So now that we’re open again, what are we doing to ensure we stay open? Here are a few answers as to how Fringes of Plymouth are planning to battle COVID-19 in our shop.

  • One way system. The first thing you will notice when you walk into our showroom is the one way system that has been taped out onto the floor. This is to avoid our customers coming into close proximity of each other. We recommend that our customers stick to the one way system – this is for your safety.
  • Hand sanitiser stations. Upon entry to the shop we have placed a table with hand sanitisers for your peace of mind. These stations enable our customers and our staff to keep their hands clean at all times.
  • Signs. The signs that you will see on the floor and walls are there to serve as a reminder. It’s easy to forget yourself and stand too close to someone, these signs ensure that we make it as difficult as possible for you to forget.
  • Gloves. Upon entry to our showroom we have provided a box of gloves. These gloves are specifically for those looking to handle the rugs. You can flick through the stands of rugs until your heart’s content with the knowledge of being safe.
  • Perspex screens. Our perspex screens are there to keep you safe as well as our staff. Please don’t lean around the screens upon payment. We ensure all card terminals are cleaned between customers with antibacterial wipes.
  • Risk assessments. We have carried out the mandatory risk assessment to ensure that our business conforms to all government guidelines for the safety of our customers.

Plymouth Rugs on Sale

Fringes of Plymouth are offering our customers the chance to receive 10% off all rugs in store until 17:00 30th September 2019. All that you have to do in order to benefit from this sale is like our Facebook page and show us the post mentioning the sale.

Our rug sale includes all of the rugs that you can see in store. This includes a further 10% off on our rugs in the Clearance section too. That’s up to 35% off on some of our rugs too.

This 10% off does not apply to rugs that have to be ordered in.

Be quick – this offer ends soon. Can you afford to miss out?

New rugs from Asiatic

Asiatic rugs are always something to be marvelled at. Whilst we do hold quite the selection of Asiatic rugs in stock, there is just no way we have room enough for the entire ensemble. This is why we keep a selection of books from our suppliers in store for our customers to browse. The last time Asiatic released a new book was in 2016, so as you can imagine we have been eager to get a glimpse at the new catalogue. After waiting for what feels like forever, here is what we think of it.

Asiatic rugs catalogue

– Asiatic rugs catalogue quality

At first glance you can see that the catalogue is made from high quality paper. The pages are glossy and thick. Perfect then, for printing pictures of Asiatic rugs and being able to see the rugs in all their glory.

– Are the Asiatic rugs organised?

From previous catalogues released by Asiatic, they have always been quite well organised. This new book of Asiatic rugs seems to have raised the bar. Unlike a lot of suppliers, Asiatic have broken up their rug ranges into seven different sections, each section colour coded. Each colour coded section is then organised in alphabetical order. This book of Asiatic rugs even has a pictographic rug index – how posh!

– Good selection of rugs?

The first thing you notice about this catalogue is the sheer size of it. The book of Asiatic rugs is thicker than most of the other books in our showroom. But then those other books don’t carry quite this many rugs – there are 780 different rugs to choose from, over a selection of 103 ranges. So, yes, there is definitely a good selection of rugs in this book!

Want to see more from us? Read more on our Blog or Follow us on Facebook,where you can find dedicated promotions for our followers, fun competitions to win rugs and so much more!

Camper Van Carpets – The Process

We get regularly asked about the process in making replacement camper van carpets/motorhome carpets/boat carpets and caravan carpets; so we decided to show you exactly how we do it from start to finish.

Choosing replacement camper van carpets.

First of all, we help you to decide on what carpet you want to use to replace your original camper van carpets/motorhome carpets/boat carpets/caravan carpets. All of our carpet selection is from our sister company downstairs; Simply Carpets. Some people prefer their replacement carpets to be exactly the same as the original, others prefer to go for something that is harder wearing as well as more aesthetically pleasing. This is completely your choice.

(As you can see in the photos below, the camper van carpets that we have recently made for our customer are almost a direct replacement for the original.)

Once you have chosen the replacement carpet, we lay out the original carpets and work out how much carpet you need. We may move the old carpets around a few times. What we aim to achieve here is an economical use of carpet. If we can reduce the amount of carpet used, we can reduce cost.

So now that we’ve worked out how much carpet you need, we then work out the cost of the binding. This cost is dependant on a number of factors. How intricate the shape, how large the pieces and how many there are. All of these factors are taken into account and priced according per linear metre.

Creating a new set completely from scratch.

It is then onto the cutting stage. We use the original templates as a guide to making sure that the replacement carpets fit exactly as the old set did. First, we need to draw around the old set. This stage is very important, if the old set isn’t placed the right way up, or moves during this process, it could make the new set completely useless.

Very carefully we cut along the drawn lines to ensure that the shape of the camper van carpets are exactly the same. This process can take a while. A combination of patience and a steady hand is paramount.

Finally, it’s the whipping stage. Unless otherwise requested, we choose a colour for the binding that best matches the carpet. The camper van carpets are then whipped in the workshop. This stage is where the whole process comes together. You really get to see the finished article

. A reasonably sized shaped piece can take a long time to bind. But it all becomes worth it in the end.

We will let the pictures do the rest of the talking from here. For more information on replacement camper van carpets, or caravan carpets/boat carpets/motorhome carpets, please contact us. Our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Visual walkthrough of replacement camper van carpets being made.


Special offers from Fringes of Plymouth

For a while Fringes of Plymouth have only offered 10% off with a discount leaflet from our website. We didn’t feel like one offer was enough. We’ve had many discussions about what services we can provide at a discounted rate, what we could give away and what offers would be best for our customers. Below we have three special offers from Fringes of Plymouth that we think will be perfect. Keep an eye out – we may think of more in the future.


So we decided that offer free rug stain protection instead of our usual charge. Our hope being that this would be of benefit to our customers. You want to keep that rug looking great after all!


We also concluded that our rug anti-slip would be another great offer, but this isn’t an anti-slip that we can just give away. This stuff costs us far too much to just give it away. So we concluded on 25% off rug antislip.


Of couse we are still running our 10% off all rugs discount – this has been a very good hit with our customers. It turns those rugs that are slightly out of budget into affordable rugs.

Unfortunately, these offers can not be used in conjunction with each other. To find out more about each offer, click on the corresponding links.

So.. Which will you choose?

Hoarders SOS

Oriental silk rug

A few months ago Fringes of Plymouth were contacted by Channel 4 to do a valuation on a rug that was found whilst filming an episode of Hoarders SOS. We were told to keep this under wraps until the episode was released. We’ve just been itching to tell everyone!

So what is Hoarders SOS?

Oriental silk rug“In this brand new series, experts Curtis Dowling, Joanna Riley and Marianne Cammack help two households drowning in clutter to clear out and make some money” (quote from Channel 4 website)

Fringes of Plymouth appear in Episode 12 upon the discovery of a unique rug that they knew absolutely nothing about. But that’s where our expertise come into play. Curtis Dowling brought the rug into our showroom where Andy Reeves, our resident oriental rug specialist gaveĀ  some insight into what it was that made this rug so unique.

A beautiful hand made oriental silk rug that we just couldn’t resist but to make an offer on. The rug can now be found in our showroom, almost as a reminder “of that time we were on TV”.

Would you like to catch up on the episode? Find the link below.


Fringes of Plymouth Revamp

After the revamp

For years, Fringes of Plymouth has always had the same look. Workshop tucked in at the back, whilst the showroom was laid out as best as possible with the space available. Though not the best looking showroom in the world, it was at least practical. After spending a few hours clearing out some old stock, Tony decided that actually, the showroom could be given a more practical layout that would also look better than ever.

The start…

Showroom before revamAs you can see from the picture on the right, it was all a little cramped. There was enough room to walk around and look at the rugs, but it just wasn’t enough space. You couldn’t roll a big rug out and take in the size of the rug, or the designs, there simply wasn’t the space.

Then there was the walkway into the Oriental section of the showroom. If you look right down the middle of the image on the right, you can see that there was around a metre of space to walk through.

All in all, though it was practical enough for the purpose, it just wasn’t quite good enough. So, what did we do? We set about taking it all apart.

The seemingly endless task…

When we first started, we estimated around a week for everything to be back to a state whereby we could serve customers, show them rugs and be back in full swing. How wrong we were! First of all, we had to move the workshop bench into it’s new home. This meant taking down the rugs and stands in the oriental section and disassembling most of the workshop. With the bench moved, the shelves and the yarns were relocated along with the binding collection rack.

The finish line!

Now here we are, all finished and able to bask in the glory of our achievement. We’d taken Fringes of Plymouth to a whole new level. From a previously dark and cramped showroom to a gloriously light and spacious open plan showroom with a view of the workshop. As you can see from the picture, it looks much much better.

After the revamp


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