…Because we have to make sure everyone keeps their dirty soles out of these works of art.
Having a rug at home is a many-splendored thing! Not only is it a practical asset to anchor furniture and protect delicate surfaces, their eye-catching designs make a case of the transformative power they hold. We know that patterns and textures have been a part of the tapestry culture since the beginning of time (not always on purpose), but learning about new techniques and emerging talent is always a good idea –like Paris. Here is a roundup of new designer rugs we’ve fallen in love with and we think you will too!
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Sight Unseen x Kasthall
Launching an app that allows architects, interior designers and design aficionados to create their own rug may seem like a bold move for a brand that launched 120 years ago. Then again, we’re speaking of Kasthall, the Swedish company that has been producing one the most appealing and interesting carpets and textile coverings in the market. Their Rug Designer tool is a testament of their evolving nature.
In an effort to try the app, they’ve partnered with design and visual arts online magazine, Sight Unseen, to launch a collection that seems like the youthful and colourful touch you need to revamp your home or office. Choose between their tufted and round shapes plastered in Scandi-inspired pastel palette to do the deed. The connecting theme: stripes.
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Every Deirdre Dyson rug that sees the light is a design worth hanging at a museum. The recent collection “Plumage”, launched at Maison & Objet in Paris, is no exception. At the exhibit, the house introduced eight carpets inspired by the beauty and dramatic colour scheme seen in pheasants and ducks. Fine aritst Lady Deirdre Dyson, who has been creating contemporary rugs for over 20 years, paid homage to the quintissential british bird in wool and silk.
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Golran x India Mahdav
The maison’s history and tradition dates back to 1898. It’s this sort of old-world knowledge mixed with contemporary artwork that has awarded them the title of great master knotters. The latest collection made in collaboration with world-renowned architect and designer, India Mahdav, is proof. She is the brain behind Ladurée Beverly Hills, The Claridge’s and Red Valentino in London, to name a few. So from the get-go you know that something’s good is coming your way. Titled, Garden of Eden, Golran presented a series of rugs inspired by ancient Persian gardens.
The zigzag and fragmented take on leaves and flowers show Mahdav’s modern interpretation of the original reference. The tribute to the nature motif can also be seen in the names of the rugs: March is green, June is honey yellow in honor of Summer, September has warm orange tones and December is black and white. But, don’t be fooled, as it is an investment to enjoy year-round.
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Kangan Arora for Ikea
We know your life is full of colour if you own a Kangan Arora rug. We’ve been following the creative studio for a bit now, their sense of bold shades and graphics inspire us and agree with us—we’ve even exchanged a few notes during London Design Festival.
The (very) good news is that the season is bringing lots of joy at an accessible price! We’re speaking about the Kangan Arora Spring 2019 collection for IKEA. There’s colour block, lines (straight and curvy) and serious contrast in every home textile, tableware and serve ware created for the Swedish giant.
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If this name sounds familiar it is because she is family to us. We’ve collaborated with the designer on Hayche’s Loom collection (and if you’ve been to our Clerkenwell showroom you’d recognize the rug we own is from the brand).
For the newest edition of Ptolemy Mann-signed rugs she’s experimenting with thicker stripes. The collection is inspired by the gelims from Nortern Iran as featured in the book ‘Undiscovered Minimalism’ by Parviz Tanavoli. As she has done with past designs, the craftwork is hand-dyed and woven using a special Ikat technique she developed with her weavers in India.
We’re also very happy to hear that she will be showing in Los Angeles, California for the first time on the 22nd and 23rd of March. If you’re in California, plan a trip to: 1517 Ashland Avenue, Santa Monica.
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The Rug Company: Alexander McQueen
One of Britain’s most celebrated fashion houses, Alexander McQueen, is commemorating The Rug Company’s 20th anniversary with the design of Chiaroscuro. The carpet designed the brand’s Creative Director Sarah Burton remembers the technique featured in XVII Century Dutch floral paintings. The hand woven piece is a limited edition and may take up to a year to finish, but keep your eyes on the prize: Kate Middleton and you will have something else in common.
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WORDS BY ANA GLORIA VALENZUELA @AGENCYBYAG FOR HAYCHE