Carpeting is an important element in a home. It can transform a previously cold basement into a warm and cozy space for the entire family to enjoy together. A quality carpet can act as that final missing element, or act as a much needed decorative cornerstone to a space intended for entertaining.
Whether you’re looking to update a living room, brighten up a hallway, or transform a basement into better functioning space, Toronto has numerous carpeting options to meet different tastes, needs, and budgets.
Jan Kath Rug Design Studio
Yvan Semenowycz and Robyn Waffle launched their rug design company Totem Design Co. in 2013 to fill the need for bold and collaborative rug designs in Canada. Inspired by the work of world famous rug designer Jan Kath, Jan Kath Rug Design Studio is proud to be a part of the Jan Kath team, presenting a unique collection of high quality and fair trade production from their design studio.
Robyn Waffle notes:
Torontonians, our clients in particular, tend to gravitate toward clean modern living spaces. The rugs become vibrant splashes of colour in the room. They soften any room both physically and visually. They are artwork for the floor. People who come to us looking for rugs or tapestries tend to be looking for our signature bright, bold contemporary style.
Robyn has seen a recent trend towards flat weaves, geometric patterns, and tertiary (pastel) colours, as well as the combination of very classic designs re-imagined for the 21st century with interwoven contemporary elements. The Jan Kath Erased Heritage collection is a prime example of this, with the highest quality traditional production techniques mixed with modern and even abstract design, the end result being a work of art and a true heirloom quality piece.
Different popular collections include flat weaves and the animal crest collection. Other notable collections are the Erased Heritage rugs (a mixture of classic and contemporary design) and the Artwork collection (beautifully rendered abstract artworks).
In searching for a signature piece, Robyn offers the following advice:
Start with the things you love. Favourite colours, shapes, textures, furniture pieces, artworks. Make an idea board of inspirational images. Collect swatches of fabric and paint samples you like. Then call us! Or better yet stop by our showroom.
Jan Kath Rug Design Studio also features hand knotted rugs. A current favourite piece of Robyn’s available right now is the Tabriz Canal Rocked 8x10 in fuchsia silk. The rug is a part of the Jan Kath Erase Heritage collection and it’s a hand knotted reproduction of a classic Persian rug. Jan Kath Rug Design Studio is proud to offer their clients innovative rug collections and contemporary artworks that will stand the test of time.
Multiple Choice Flooring
So many people rely on customer review sites like Home Stars to inform them who is the best of the best to hire for their homes. Abraham Yurt’s business, Multiple Choice Flooring, has managed to score an impressive 99 percent from clients on Home Stars with a number of services ranging from repair to installation of new carpeting. If you want new wall-to-wall carpeting installed or are searching for a repair, Multiple Choice Flooring can help you!
Satisfied customer Sonny says of his experience:
Called Multiple Choice Flooring to repair my basement carpet and under-pad due to a water leak. Abraham responded right away and came by the next day to perform the service. He was polite, courteous, and very reasonable with his pricing. They did an amazing job. The carpet looks brand new. I would highly recommend.
Abraham Yurt says that it’s really a mixed market in terms of what Toronto area clients are looking for and Multiple Choice Flooring works hard to offer products that will suit their personal preference and needs. Abraham says, "Berber carpet is currently one of their highest demand carpet selections." In addition to standard popular choices, Multiple Choice Flooring has many catalogues and samples of new and classic carpeting options to help clients decide on the best choice for them.
Love Persian Rugs? Look no further, because Pealac Rugs it where you’ll want to shop! Voted as the number one Persian Rug store in the city by BlogTO, owner Nima Kamranpour really knows his products. As an expert in Persian rugs he’s made presentations at the Ontario College of Art and Design University and at the Canadian Antique Collectors Association. Pealac Rugs has been a cornerstone business in the heart of the east end of the city, serving Torontonians since 2001.
The store offers options for various tastes and budgets with rugs in wool, silk, and a combination of both materials. Rugs range from small ultra-fine silk weaving to rustic character, tribal designs, as well as a huge selection of magnificent country house Persian rugs.
Since rug brands don’t exist in Iran, it’s hard to pinpoint a popular design or feature popular in the Toronto market. Since so many locals live in condominiums or houses with smaller rooms, they usually opt for 5X7, 6X9 and 8X10 area rugs, with a concentration on tribal, geometric, and tribal patterned pieces. Some people like to use two smaller carpets to perfectly accent their space.
For those looking for a carpet that is going to last a long time Nima says:
Quality wool sells much better and lasts longer than silk.Persian rugs can last between 60-400 years, and my Beejar rugs last for generations.
When looking for product Nima says:
I concentrate on colour, on how it can become a focal point in their home as opposed to a neutral colour in someone’s home. There is a right rug for every room. I focus on helping clients find complementary rugs that will both compliment and stand out.
Pealac Rugs also offers a custom made design service for anyone who wants to commission their very own custom, handmade rug.
1400 Castlefield Avenue – Flagship Showroom at Design Living
162 Bedford Road – Showroom at Designers Walk
255 Bass Pro Mills Drive – Showroom at the Village at Vaughan Mills
Weavers Art Showroom
Whether you live in the urban centre of Toronto or on the outskirts of the city, Weaver’s Art has three showrooms with convenient locations to meet your needs (including one location in Vaughn). For the full experience, visit their flagship showroom at Design Living on Castlefield Road. Weaver’s art boasts the largest collection of original designs, and stock available to the trade.
Michael Pourvakil and his team at Weaver’s Art work hard to keep up with trends that Torontonians want. In 2017 Michael is seeing greater interest in the texture of the carpets and the freshness of the designs available.
The most sought after items offered in store include the design house’s exclusive modern and transitional designs. Michael also notes: "We partner up with some of the top carpet designers on the planet such as Jurgen Dahlmanns and Erbil Tezcan."
Since the way people are using their homes has changed over the past several years, so has the areas that they want to purchase carpeting for. Michael says:
The main room that people look for a carpet is the family room. The reason being is that more and more people are moving away from the traditional living rooms that are seldom used, into the family/great room, where the entire family and close friends can congregate and enjoy each other’s company.
The designs carried by Weaver’s Art are always fresh and new to the market. Since they work with the designers directly, it keeps them on the cutting edge of the industry.
In terms of people who want a signature piece for their living space but don’t know where to start, Michael has some solid advice:
Basically one has to start from the ground up. First choose your floor type & colour, then your rug and ultimately the furniture and the accessories. There are two schools of thought: one that the carpet is the main art form in the room; or it is one of the many beautiful pieces that bring all the elements in the room together. If you prefer the first idea, then start with a strong design element in the rug or a strong colour palette. Otherwise, choose a design that is subtle with soft colouring. With the latter style, you might get less tired of your rug over time.