Inaugural festival is a big hit

THE owner of Long Melford’s Persian Carpet Studio has hailed her first rug festival a huge success.

Sara Barber held the festival to mark the 20th anniversary of her business.

To mark the occasion, she put up nomadic tents in the studio in Hall Street to represent the tribes who make the rugs and carpets she sells.

“We have had a lot of interest – people have been fascinated,” she said.

“They realise every one is unique and a work of art and that it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t go with the curtains.”

The festival included workshops on rug restoration and guest speakers, including rug maker Richard Mathias.

School children were also invited to design a rug and the winning design will be handmade in Nepal.