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We understand the need to select the carpet that best matches your needs in terms of durability, appearance and colour, and all of our ranges have been developed to assist your requirements in these areas.

Dr Mike Madden demonstrates wools natural Unflammability!

Unflammability - a new word that is finding its way into everyday use....

We asked Dr Mike Madden to demonstrate the natural Unflammability of wool carpets and rugs in order to explain why all homes, hotels, cruise ships, planes and cars should consider them as the best choice. 

We at the Wool Carpet Focus Group are fully aware of the benefits of wool and these can be seen on the website. Seeing is believing and we will produce a video of Dr Mike's demonstration but on a larger scale!

Dr Mike builds a small bonfire on a piece of wool carpet; 


You can see that Dr Mike won his bonfire building badge at Scouts!


A simple fire but with sufficient heat and flame to cause a nasty fire on the wrong surface!


Well alight, the paper and wood burn at very high temperatures. Dr Mike is in his laboratory so do not try this at home, you never know you might not have a wool carpet!


Look carefully, very little smoke, no melting plastic or toxic black fumes.You can see the singed and charred carpet, with virtually no spread of fire. This charring protects the lower wool pile from the flames and also the underlay and floorboards.


Dr Mike is scraping away the charred part with a coin.


Of course there is a bit of singing but the point is there is no spread of fire and it self extinguished. Wool doesn't burn in our normal atmosphere! It is naturally Unflammable.


We are not claiming the impossible with wool but just ask you to give it some thought. If there is an accident in your home we think you would be naturally safer with wool carpets, rugs, bedding and upholstery.


Common sense backed scientifically by Dr Mike of ENco Ltd, Global Testing Services - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

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The use of the colour wheel when selecting décor for your home


The colour wheel is made up of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colours.

There are three Primary colours- red, blue and yellow. These cannot be made by combining any other colour.

Secondary colours are produced by mixing equal amounts of two of the Primary colours – red and blue make purple, red and yellow produce orange, and blue and yellow make green.

Tertiary colours are formed by the mixture of a Primary colour with a secondary one in the ratio of 2:1.

Once you have mixed all the various combinations, you have a total of 12 colours. These can then be laid out side by side in their various combinations, in a circle or “wheel”. Please see the example below.

By laying the colours out in this way, the ones on the left-hand side of the wheel (yellow/green round to purple) are described as cool colours, whilst the ones on the right-hand side are described as warm.

Cool colours are often described as giving an impression of calm, leading to a soothing atmosphere in a room.

Warm colours, associated with sunrise and sunset, are vivid and energetic, and tend to give the impression of greater space.

Colours that are opposite each other on the wheel – for example, red and green - are said to be complementary colours. Their high contrast creates a vibrant look. This is one reason why the organisers of the Wimbledon tennis tournament use purple and green on their logo, as they are almost opposite each other on the colour wheel.

Colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel are described as analogous: these usually match well and and create a serene atmosphere. They are often found in Nature and are pleasing on the eye.

Hopefully this gives you a few more ideas about the importance of mixing and matching certain colours when putting together your plans for the appearance of your home.


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Carpets: Loops or Twists


So, you’ve moved into a new house, or perhaps you’ve come to the conclusion that your old carpet is worn out and needs an upgrade. Maybe you may already know exactly what design you’re trying to achieve with this new carpet. And, of course, you want this new carpet to look lovely in your home, so that your friends can admire it next time they visit. But which carpet do you choose… Whether it’s a loop or a twist carpet; the choice is entirely yours.


Loop carpets are made from uncut loops of yarn which are available both flat and textured. Generally these loops have a more rugged appearance and are often favoured for use on the stairs, in hallways or in other high traffic areas.


The loop pile carpet, such as our Classic Berber and Macbeth collections, are often preferred by families due to being hard-wearing, durable and practical. With its affordable price and contemporary looks, this is the ideal carpet for any modern family home.


Loop pile carpets come in a variety of different looks: level loop, where all the loops are of the same height (for example, Macbeth); multi-level loop, where the loops vary in size to create random textures which are very forgiving for marks and stains (Tempest, for example); and Berber loop, named after a traditional carpet produced by the Berber tribes of North Africa (Classic Berber being an example).


Due to its flexibility and practicality, a loop pile carpet collection - such as Tempest, Arden, and Harvard – is made from thick, bulky yarn, which gives a cushioned effect underfoot. These loops are really comfortable and boast a long-lasting design that guarantees a great looking carpet for many years to come.


At Mr Tomkinson Carpets, we have a wide variety of loop carpets in an array of colours and styles to choose from. To see all our collections, visit


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