Were this rug (50p, Ringmer jumble sale) in any other colours than ochre and sludge, I would have been more excited, but as it is, I fear it may be a step too tastelessly retro – except, perhaps, for use in the shed or conservatory. In combination with the Ercol chairs, it makes the living room look even more like a retirement home – good job I took off their brown and cream chintz covers. Damn, still no alternative to the playing-it-safe sheepskin. For some reason – I know not why – I think this may be Welsh wool. For what it’s worth.