Our philosophy is to present an evolving and harmonious collection of contemporary handmade rugs and kilims of outstanding beauty at accessible prices. This is possible as we do not have retail premises. Instead, our base is an oast house in rural Kent, with this website our shop window.
Joshua began his career in the London auction houses, running Phillips’ and then Sotheby’s Rug Departments in Europe. He established his own antique rug business in 2004 which is thriving and has many leading interior decorators and collectors amongst its clients. With a passion for the subject, Joshua has always be drawn to a wide range of rugs from diverse geographical areas. The key factors are colour, design and texture. Good vegetable dyes; simple design; and the best natural materials.
Joshua has often been asked to source contemporary rugs, but has frequently been frustrated by the experience: the top end of the market is dominated by Nepalese rugs of bold colour and design which can be eye-catching but are often difficult to place in an interior scheme. Furthermore, the rest of the market has often lacked originality, with palid reproductions of antique designs being the main staple of the trade.
Joshua therefore decided to team up with his friend Alex Duddy, and start a new company with the aim of bridging this gap. Alex’s background is in art and marketing, and Joshua has long been impressed by her natural eye for colour and design, and has often sought her advice and help in the past. She was the natural person to team up with to curate a collection of handmade rugs.
Joshua and Alex look for the same qualities found in the best antique rugs in each piece selected for their contemporary collection. This first collection is comprised of rugs from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan; but the process of expanding the selection is ongoing, with several research and buying trips planned for the coming months.
A place in our handmade contemporary collection can only be taken by a rug we love. We seek out exceptional quality, beautiful colour, simplicity of design and ethical production. We are proud to be a Label STEP licensee read more here.
We hope that you will like what you see.
Tel: +44 (0)1233 756072
Mob: +44 (0)7900 901756
JOSHUA LUMLEY CONTEMPORARY
As with all terms and conditions, these get rather technical and we are sorry if they sound formal. However, they are pretty standard and designed to enhance your e-shopping experience, and make it as easy and secure as possible.
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If you have any queries relating to our terms and conditions, please contact us before placing an order.
We accept most major credit and debit cards.
All credit and debit cardholders are subject to validation checks and authorisation by the card issuer. If the issuer of your payment card refuses to authorise payment to us, we will not be liable for any delay or non-delivery.
Placing an order
You will receive an order receipt confirmation email as soon as you have placed an order. Please keep it in a safe place as we may ask you for information from it in any correspondence. If you do not receive this email please contact [email protected], so that we may investigate and confirm that your order has been placed successfully.
Product description and conformity
We take every care to ensure that the description and specification of our products are correct at the time of going to press. However, specifications and descriptions of products on this website are not intended to be binding and are intended only to give a general description of the products. Furthermore, while the colour reproduction of the products is a close representation, we cannot accept any responsibility for any variation in colour caused by the browser software or computer system used to view the products. All of our products are handmade, and rugs can vary in size by up to 2.5% in width or length from the size shown. Colours can also vary slightly from rug to rug. By placing via this website you confirm your understanding and acceptance of this.
We endeavour to keep our website fully up to date at all times. However orders for all products are subject to availability and we will inform you as soon as possible, after placing an order if, for any reason, the product you have ordered is not available or subject to any delay.
Deliveries to mainland UK addresses are free of charge and we endeavour to make them within three working days (Monday to Friday) using our shipping partner, UPS.
We deliver to most national and international destinations. Deliveries to all international addresses will take longer, but we try to send all orders by the quickest route possible.
A flat rate of £30 per individual rug, for shipping to all EU and EFTA countries (Norway and Switzerland) applies for all rugs up to a maximum size of 12 m sq. Multiple orders for international shipments will be calculated on a case-by-case basis as will shipments to all non-EU/EFTA destinations. Please contact [email protected] for a quotation.
If your delivery address is outside of the UK, you may have to pay import duties and taxes, which are levied once a shipment reaches your country. You must meet any additional charges for customs clearance. Please note, customs policies vary widely from country to country. We recommend you contact your local customs office for further information.
Cancelling an order
You are entitled to cancel your contract if you wish, providing you act within 14 working days of receipt of the goods.
We ask that you return products to us unused, in their original condition. You are entitled to a refund or replacement if returned products reach us within 28 days of receipt. If a replacement is requested but not available then we will issue a full refund. Please ensure that returns are packed and labelled carefully so that they are not lost or damaged in transit. You are responsible for the cost of shipping return goods to the following address:
Joshua Lumley Contemporary Ltd
Kent TN27 9AN
Joshua Lumley Contemporary Ltd do not give refunds on the following items:
items returned after 28 days
damaged items not notified by telephone to us within 14 days
bespoke made-to-measure products
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We own, control and operate the website from our offices within England. Accordingly the laws of England and Wales govern claims relating to, and including the use of, the website and the materials contained therein. If you choose to access our website from outside England and Wales you do so on your own initiative and you hereby agree that in the event of a dispute between Joshua Lumley Contemporary Ltd and you the laws of England and Wales will apply at all times.
Our address and all communications can be addressed to us at : –
Joshua Lumley Contemporary Ltd
Kent CT2 9AF
Registered in England No. 9103510
Our performance of any part of a contract with you is subject to variation or cancellation and the grant of an extension of time from any cause arising from an act of God, war, strikes, lock-outs, flood, drought or other cause of any nature whatsoever beyond our control, or owing to inability and time to procure materials, labour or any articles at all and you agree to accept increased prices for the products due to any of the aforesaid reasons. In all circumstances time is not of the essence of the contract.
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