Newcomers to the broadloom trade make a bold entrance!
Riviera Home, originating in New Delhi, India, with a reputation for their bath mats and rugs, have began manufacturing luxuriously woolly carpets... and we have to say, they are GREAT!
They've established themselves in the UK, in an office/unit in Stourport-on-Severn, just outside of Kidderminster. Funnily enough, the company have moved into the old home of the ill-fated ‘Carpets of Kidderminster’, who went bust around two years ago, however by the look (and feel) of the ranges they are currently shipping out, they show no signs of following the same path.
Let's look at the Harvard carpet...
A nice thick, heavy ply carpet with six choices of colours; playing it somewhat safe with beige, browns and greys. Warm and typically neutral tones, which you’d think is probably the cautious thinking of a newcomer to broadloom. Why play the risk? You may ask rhetorically, however you only have to look at the specifications behind the pile to realise what they have done. The Harvard is an eco-friendly carpet, made up of blends of undyed wool and a secondary jute/hessian backing with a natural latex to seal the weaves, just to get the eco-warrior in you jumping up and down in joy!
The Harvard carpet brings a new angle to the herringbone pattern, even if you find the range of colours almost conservative by nature; you can’t help but admit that it makes Crucial Trading’s Wool Fabulous (pictured above) look like a child with ADHD that’s fallen into melting pot of assorted Crayola, screaming, “LOOK AT ME!” when compared to the Harvard’s regal aesthetic. Arguably, you could say that the Fabulous is picky about where it lays, it has a niche. However, it doesn’t take away from the fact, the Harvard plays it safe, you could lay it any room. It’s not over-complicated and hasn’t succumb to loudness, it’s just NICE!