A carpet shop has announced the "difficult decision" to close down after more than 30 years in business.

The Rug and Carpet Studio on The Old White Hart, Long Melford, sells a selection of handmade rugs and carpets selected for quality and artistic merit. 

In a video announcement on the business' social media, the owner announced the decision to close the shop. 

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The statement said: "It is with great regret and sadness that I have made the incredibly difficult decision to close The Rug and Carpet Studio in Long Melford.

"I assure you this has not been an easy decision, I would be lying if I said that we had not been affected by the economic climate. As much as I believe that a beautiful handmade rug is an essential item, realistically I know it is not.

"After a 34 year journey with this business, it is with great regret that I am having to close."

The Rug and Carpet Shop is holding a closing down sale starting on Saturday, May 4. 

The last day of trading for the shop has not been announced.