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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 gave  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


Stop rugs from slipping

So you’re finally fed up, you want to stop rugs from slipping all over the place. After a while it can become endearing. That door mat is no longer by the door, it’s like it has a mind of it’s own. But don’t worry, we have a solution to stop rugs from slipping… Check out the video below if you don’t believe it!

How to stop rugs from slippingI bet you’re excited now, aren’t you? But alas, you’ve already bought plenty of different “solutions” to stop them from moving. I guess they didn’t work. You wouldn’t be reading up on how to stop rugs from slipping otherwise, would you? We have the answer for you.

No fancy sales gimmicks here. If it doesn’t work, bring it back and get your money back. That’s how much faith we have in this product. Guess how many people have brought it back to us? You’d be wrong. Thus far, zero. Nil. Nobody has brought it back to date – touch wood.

So how does it work?

First of all, we cut the rug antislip to a size that covers the majority of your mat. It simply will not work if you want to put a strip at each end or around the border. The parts that are covered will stay where they are, but the section that isn’t covered will “ruck up” and eventually damage your mat. Therefore, we highly recommend that the majority of the mat is well covered. Take for example a mat 30″ long x 18″ wide, we would recommend for 27″ x 15″ of the area to be covered. We will happily cut it to your size if it helps.

Peel off the protective plastic layer. This is crucial – your rug will slip if you don’t remove the plastic.

If you want to stop rugs from slipping on your smooth floor, lie the rug antislip black side up and place the rug on top. Don’t worry it works on carpet too. Instead of the black side up, it goes grey side up.

That’s it. It really is that simple.

Demonstration on how to stop rugs from slipping:

Afghan Aqcha rug – new in stock

Afghan Aqcha rug

Afghan Aqcha rugThis wonderful Afghan Aqcha rug has just arrived into our showroom. It’s so beautiful that we just couldn’t help ourselves, so we thought we’d share it with you.

Named after the province in which it’s made, the Afghan Aqcha features the classic “elephant foot” design. As with most Afghan rugs, the black design sits on a deep red background. For a more detailed view of the rug, click on the image. You will be able to see just how deep the colour of this rug really is.

Below are a few details about the Afghan Aqcha rug.

Afghan Aqcha rug

  • Hand-knotted in Afghanistan
  • 100% Wool
  • Free of illegal child labour
  • Classic “elephant foot” design
  • 2m wide x 2.8m long
  • RRP £1199.99

AR Quality Oriental rugs only hold the highest quality oriental rugs in stock. This Afghan Aqcha rug is the perfect example to showcase the quality of our rugs. This is a rug that you’d be happy to have in your home. Used as focal point in a room, this Afghan Aqcha rug would certainly not disappoint. If you would like to know more about this rug, or to arrange to view it, please contact us. We are more than happy to bring this rug to your home, along with a few others, so that you can see what they look like in your desired location.


New look Fringes of Plymouth


As many of you may have noticed recently, our building has been undergoing some maintenance work. We have had calls from a lot of our customers worrying that we’re closing down. This is simply not the case.

The exterior of the building was looking dated and the paint was becoming tatty and, quite frankly, an eyesore. So the only way forward was to give the whole exterior a facelift. (Before and after pictures at the bottom)

What have we had done then?

We had the whole of the building jet washed to remove old and bedded in dirt. This straight away made us realise just how much dirt over time can make the magnolia paint look old and tired. It was then onto the cladding. All of the red cladding had to be removed to make way for the new.

But first, a lick of paint. A nice modern grey was the chosen colour. You could watch the building become more modernised with every stroke of the brush. The painting was a slow process to make sure that every nook and cranny had been covered.

Now that the paint had been finished and left to harden for a couple of days, it was time to replace the old red cladding with new blue cladding. This process really transformed the building. The blue and grey combination works well to bring the exterior of the building up to date.

Once the cladding had been completed it was time to put up the signs. The blue writing matches perfect with the blue cladding, whilst the white background makes the blue writing stand out. The perfect contrast.

We couldn’t stop at just the signs on the cladding though. Each member of staff was given a sheet of paper to design their own window signs. The best ideas from each design were put together and sent to print. Within a few hours the windows were sign written.

A much more professional look for a professional business. What do you think?

Before and after














Custom Car Mats – Vauxhall Corsa

This week we made a set of custom car mats to fit a Vauxhall Corsa. A very unique Vauxhall Corsa. Brad – the owner – has spent a lot of time and money to create a car that reflects his personality. An outgoing guy that has a passion for the creative. Having grown tiresome of the original mats that had become worn and horrible, it was time for a refresh.

Brad had heard through a friend that we make custom car mats in our workshop. We discussed with Brad about what would suit his requirements best. The more vibrant, colourful and unique, the better. We had just the thing! For someone who is a car fanatic, we concluded that the best carpet for Brad would be road map carpet. As ideas go, this was certainly a first for us, and we hope it won’t be the last.

He brought his original mats into us and we set about using them as a template. Because of the pattern of the road map, the custom made car mats had to fit the pattern in the best possible way to make the most of the design. So with this in mind we carefully located the original mats onto the carpet and cut them to the exact size.

A simple, subtle binding was never on the cards with Brad’s custom car mats. He gave us free reign to choose whatever colour we liked – for each mat. For once we could let our hair down and really go nuts on the binding colour. After all, it’s not every day that we get to switch up the colours when we’re doing the binding.

And the outcome? Take a look at the pictures below.

Custom Car Mats in Brad’s Vauxhall Corsa

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These custom car mats really are as custom as it gets. Don’t let yourself become a victim of the norm, stand out like Brad! Contact us to find out more.


Replacement Delfin Motorhome Carpets

Kitchen - After

This week we had a beautiful Delfin Performance T821 in for some replacement motorhome carpets. The customer had been in previously to enquire about changing the carpets and was surprised just how easy the process really is. After some deliberation, he had finally chosen the perfect replacement motorhome carpets, a quality carpet called “Rustique” was chosen. All that was left to do was book it in to get them made to size.

Burstner Delfin Motorhome Replacement CarpetsA week later and into our car park comes a glorious looking machine! Our experienced carpet fitter did an excellent job of cutting the replacement motorhome carpets to the exact shape. In the cabin, cutting around the seats, the handbrake and other little intracacies. Whilst in the back there was a fitted table and eating area to manouver around. But our fitter made this look like a doddle.

Once it was all cut to size, our machinist, Josie, then set about whipping the edges. With complicated shapes it can take a while to get them through the machine. With a few cuss words and a lot of expert jiggery, Josie managed to get all of the edges whipped in a colour that suited the carpets perfectly. Any offcuts of the replacement motorhome carpets were then squared up and used as loose laid mats. Though it may have taken a little while to do, the outcome was definitely worth the wait.

Below are a few pictures that the customer allowed us to take of the replacement motorhome carpets all in and looking like perfection.

Kitchen – Before & After replacement motorhome carpets

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Intricate areas aren’t an issue

Entrance Handbrake and cabin











All in and looking very good!

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Another customer happy with their new motorhome carpets!

Would you like to book yourself in for some replacement motorhome carpets? Get in touch. We look forward to the challenge!

Goodbye, Afghan Belouch

Afghan Belouch

Sometimes we come across an oriental rug that we just can’t say no to. This was the case with this Afghan Belouch that quickly sold from our showroom. At Quality Oriental Rugs, we love oriental rugs and all that they stand for. The fact that the way they’re made makes each one unique. But this one is unique for a completely different reason.

Afghan BelouchAs you can see from the design, this truly is a one off design that you’re probably unlikely to see ever again. As much as we’re happy that the customer found such a beautiful rug at such a bargain price, it’s one that we’re certainly sad to see go! This rug has always sought attention from all of the customers that have seen it. Unfortunately, this rug isn’t for everyone’s decor, but they could see the beauty behind the rug.

Below are a few details about the rug and what makes it so unique.

Afghan Belouch

  • Hand-knotted in Afghanistan
  • 100% Wool
  • Free of illegal child labour
  • Depicts invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union
  • 0.8m wide x 1.4m long
  • RRP £159.00

This  Afghan Belouch will almost definitely be the starting point of conversation in it’s new home. Displayed proudly by it’s new owner. The level of detail in this rug is something to marvel at. You can clearly see the helicopters in the sky, the houses below, the water and the cars. An Afghan Belouch to be proud of. We’re sure the person that made this rug was very proud to have produced such a wonderful piece. The impeccable detail of this Afghan Belouch will never go unnoticed as focal point in a room.

Who knows what we will see next! We wish the customer all the best with their new rug and hope to see them again soon.

Replacement Boat Carpets

Replacement Boat Carpets

Summer is almost here and you’re going to get your boat out onto the water. But you can’t stand those unsightly carpets that have been down for years and have seen better days. Let Fringes of Plymouth be your saviour with some replacement boat carpets.

Custom made replacement boat carpets.

Replacement Boat CarpetsWe can custom make replacement boat carpets in our Plymouth based workshop. Even if you want to completely change the colour or style of carpet altogether. Simply choose from our huge selection of carpets to find something you like. If you’re looking for rubber backed replacement boat carpets or luxuriously piled replacement boat carpets. We have something for absolutely everyone.

Everything about your choice is completely up to you – even down to the colour of the edging. If you’ve chosen a blue carpet and you want yellow edging, that’s no problem at all.

To preserve the life of your replacement boat carpets, we can also apply a stain prevention chemical to the pile. This will help to keep your carpets looking in tip top condition should there be any spillages whilst you’re on the water.

Over the years we have produced bespoke boat carpet sets for a variety of sized boats. From smaller boats in the local harbour to luxury yachts in Spain. Our experience has gained us a reputation for high quality replacement boat carpets at very affordable prices.

So don’t let those unsightly boat carpets put you off getting out on the water. We can get them turned around in a very short time period so you won’t lose any valuable time taking in the beautiful weather whilst it’s here. After all, it never is here for very long.

If you’d like more information on this service, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We also make replacement motorhome carpet sets and caravan carpet sets in our Plymouth based workshop.


Caravan carpets

Looking to replace your Caravan carpets?

Over time your Caravan carpets can become tired and dreary. They can make even the most beautiful Caravan interiors look dated and worn. Don’t fret, there is something you can do about it!

50% off all Caravan carpets!

Fringes Rugs offer a competitive service for replacing your Caravan carpets. We can create a brand new replacement set for your Caravan in approximately seven days. Not only do you get a speedy turnaround for your Caravan carpets but we’re also doing 50% Off until the end of August 2013! This is a deal that’s not to be missed!

We have a huge variety of carpets for you caravan.

You can choose from a wide variety of carpets for your Caravan. We have luxuriously deep piles that you can really sink your feet into. We also have flecked carpets for those days after a long muddy hike. You can choose from a wide selection of colours for your perfect Caravan carpet, no matter what your taste may be.

You can even choose the colour of the edging!

Once you’ve chosen your Caravan carpet we will then set about custom making the set for you. This is where we offer you yet another choice. This time you get to choose what colour you would like the edges finished with. We offer this service simply because you may have a specific colour scheme that you’d like to tie your Caravan carpets into.

We can create custom made Caravan carpets for the below Caravans and many more:

Ace Caravans Abbey Caravans Adria Caravans Airstream Caravans
AS Caravans Bailey Caravans Bassacarr Caravans Buccaneer Caravans
Burstneer Caravans Caravelier Caravans Carlight Caravans Chateau Caravans
Coachman Caravans Compass Caravans Cristall Caravans Crown Caravans
Dethleffs Caravans Elddis Caravans English Caravan Co. Eriba Caravans
Eterniti Caravans Explorer Caravans Fendt Caravans Fifth Wheel Caravans
Freedom Caravans Geist Caravans Gobur Caravans Going Caravans
Hobby Caravans Hymer Caravans Kip Caravans Knaus Caravans
Lunar Caravans Pod Caravans Rimor Caravans Sprite Caravans
Stealth Caravans Sterckeman Caravans Sterling Caravans Swift Caravans
T@B Caravans Tabbert Caravans Teardrop Caravans Trigano Caravans
Vanmaster Caravans Vanroyce Caravans Wingam Caravans

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