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As usual, Desmond and Amanda North will spread hundreds of rugs, carpets, runners, saddle bags, kelims and wall hangings from Afghanistan to Anatolia in two marquees, the rug shed, and, weather permitting, the lawns at their Georgian house The Orchard, Hale Street, East Peckham, near Tonbridge.

On the subject of weather, it was definitely not permitting at the autumn rug weekend last October when driving rain and heavy winds resulted in the worst attendance ever.

However, business has picked up since then. Since the Norths do not have a shop they strive to keep prices low with most rugs and runners available at £100-1500 and carpets at £400-3000.