Car­pet Tips:

Five in­sights from a mem­ber of Sin­ga­pore’s car­pet “roy­alty”.

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Trends in floor dé­cor

The Lotto Car­pets business all started in Kash­mir in the 1850s, when the Mir fam­ily be­gan creat­ing its hand­made car­pets gallery. Over six gen­er­a­tions have taken turns evolv­ing the business, which now sits in a prime spot in Dempsey Hill. Here, IMRAN MIR gives us an in­side look into the car­pet in­dus­try.

1 We’ve no­ticed a ma­jor shift in styles and pref­er­ences of cus­tomers re­gard­ing home dé­cor and lay­out. Mod­ern con­tem­po­rary and min­i­mal­is­tic styles are the “in” thing to­day. Cus­tomers of­ten come look­ing for sim­pler car­pets, or very min­i­mal de­sign.

2 Rather than per­suade, it’s bet­ter to ask cus­tomers to en­vi­sion how a car­pet would work. We have a li­brary of good ex­am­ples to show­case to cus­tomers, and we en­cour­age se­ri­ous buy­ers to try out se­lected pieces at home, in set­tings, be­fore de­cid­ing.

3 We ad­vise cus­tomers to al­ways fol­low their heart. Each home is a re­flec­tion of ex­pe­ri­ences, tastes and knowl­edge. Tra­di­tional car­pets have a lot of his­tory and ap­peal. It’s al­ways best to try a va­ri­ety be­fore de­cid­ing on one that will be en­joyed for many years, and make your own mem­o­ries with them.

4 An­tique car­pets can in them­selves be rather mod­ern. They use highly un­usual colour com­bi­na­tions and are al­ways well thought out in terms of de­sign and con­sis­tency. They al­ways have a mod­ern feel to them. Styles and trends are cycli­cal, and it seems we’ve come full cir­cle al­ready. New, plus mod­ern, plus an­tique, equals mas­ter­ful bril­liance!

5 The most im­por­tant thing is that a hand­made car­pet is a work of art as much as it is a won­der­ful ad­di­tion to any home en­vi­ron­ment. All things con­sid­ered, if one still loves the sim­plis­tic and un­der­stated look, great. It’s al­ways a de­ci­sion one should make with the fam­ily in mind; there is much that a fam­ily can learn from a time­less work of art. 26 Dempsey Road, #01-04 6476 8784 | lot­to­car­

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