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Roger Oates Winter Sale

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 in Rugs, Stairs, Stripes
Roger Oates Winter Sale

Looking for a Roger Oates stair runner or rug at a greatly reduced price?  The Roger Oates Winter Sale starts on Thursday 7th January.  It is full of discounted clearance runners, ready-made wool rugs and fabrics. Why do items go into the Roger Oates Clearance Sale? Below, we have de-mystified the meaning of slight seconds, over-runs and archived product.  Slight Seconds […]


Getting Your Home Ready For Christmas

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in Roger Oates Lifestyle Store, Rugs
Getting Your Home Ready For Christmas

What type of Christmas shopper are you?  Do you leave everything until the last minute or are you ready for the big day? If you are putting the finishing touches to your home, avoid the high street and look no further than our Online Store –  now with 15% off everything. Order by Friday 18th December […]


Winter Home Shopping Event

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 in Roger Oates Lifestyle Store, Rugs
Winter Home Shopping Event

Looking for that perfect gift? Need to get your home ready for the festive season? Visit our Eastnor Studio on Saturday 28th November 2015 and enjoy a mince pie whilst browsing our collections. If you need inspirational ideas and want to avoid the hordes of people on the high street look no further than the Roger […]


History of Venetian Flatweave – Part Two

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 in History
History of Venetian Flatweave – Part Two

Over the past 25 years, the term Venetian Flatweave has become synonymous with Roger Oates but the origins of the words are largely unknown. According to historians, the term “Venetian” has nothing to do with Venice as flatweave is never known to have been made in the Italian city. It is thought, however, that the name refers to […]


A History of Venetian Flatweave – Part One

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 in History
A History of Venetian Flatweave – Part One

Floor coverings first started being recorded in historic documents in the early 1700s and can be closely linked to the perception of luxury. Up until this time, people tended to live with exposed floors. Floor coverings brought warmth and comfort, but as they were often used in drawing rooms (where guests were received), they also provided […]


A Bespoke Runner For A Family Home

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 in Homes, House Ideas
A Bespoke Runner For A Family Home

The Cornwell family have long been fans of Roger Oates products having used our runners in several of their previous homes.  When they moved to their most recent home, a Regency property in Cheltenham, they decided to take full advantage of our bespoke service to ensure that they ended up with something unmistakably Roger Oates yet unique to them. […]


Interior Designers Love Roger Oates Runners

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 in Designers
Interior Designers Love Roger Oates Runners

Our stripe runners are coveted by interior designers and specified for both large and small projects. Occasionally we are fortunate enough to be able to photograph some of the beautiful houses where our runners have been fitted. Isis Reed Herefordshire based Interior designer Sarah Stewart Smith chose the expressive tonal stripes of Isis Reed (named after […]


Rugs and Wall-To-Wall Carpets

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 in Stair Runner Advice
Rugs and Wall-To-Wall Carpets

Our name is synonymous with Venetian flatweave stair runners. However, there is a lot more to our runners than you might think.   The narrow widths of flatweave can be joined to create area rugs of almost any dimension and larger pieces for wall-to-wall carpet installations enabling the design used on the stairs to also be used in hallways and […]


Heritage Runners

Heritage Runners

Just launched, a new project that has had us revisiting our extensive archive of designs. New Roger Oates Heritage Runners are 100% wool runners produced in very limited quantities. Created from our Venetian Flatweave these narrow width runners are woven and hand finished in the UK. Heritage Runners are an easy way to add colour, stripes and texture […]


Summer Brights

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 in Colour, Featured, New Designs
Summer Brights

Let The Sun Shine Despite the changeable weather the British summer is bringing us some long hazy evenings. Thoughts of far away climes have been inspiring us to inject some Summer brights into our colour palettes. Bespoke Runners At Roger Oates we can work with you to create your very own bespoke runner.  Adapt one of our current designs, or […]


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