Floor plans

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 August, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 August, 2004, 12:00am

If you're looking for a cool carpet but can't face the persistent sales tactics and permanent 'closing-down sales' of certain rug shops along Hollywood Road, go to Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau. After two years of selling online, CarpetBuyer recently opened the largest rug showroom in Hong Kong on the 27th floor (tel: 2850 5508; www.carpetbuyer.com). It offers customers a wide range to choose from and pleasant shopping experience with a convenient hanging-rack display system, which allows for easy browsing. Sales staff will approach only if you ask for help. Styles include tribal (above, IM94 runner, 76cm x 305cm, $5,000) and Persian rugs (far right, DA068 small rug, 114cm x 175cm, $3,200), as well as the largest collection of contemporary carpets in the city (below, medium-sized modern rug, 153cm x 244cm, TA135: $6,600). The contemporary collection, in particular, will expand considerably in the next couple of months. Everything is new (rather than antique) and handmade by Chinese villagers near the Tibetan border. A standard modern rug costs about $4,900 after discount; the same rug elsewhere would probably fetch about $8,000. CarpetBuyer is also working with large companies and corporations to offer staff discounts of up to 20 per cent, so check if your office is one of them. Home viewings to see what the rugs look like before purchase can also be arranged.