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Tag: Carpets & Rugs

Look East

In our daily lives of information overload, design can help us escape. There is a cosmopolitan charm to design this season with a shift from the subdued to more expressive patterns that have a playful, visual language and a strong narrative. Design houses have long been inspired by different cultures and far-flung locations. For spring, many have looked east. Pictured …

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Channelling the Masters

Art history's greatest names have long been a source of inspiration in design, with inventive results that channel the spirit and ideas of the original masters rather than borrowing directly. Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam Ltd's slender 'Nicolae' floor lamps (pictured top) are made from layers of chalky white plaster, a material favoured by masters such as Giacometti and Serge …

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Fringe Benefits

On the Fringe by Edward Fields from Tai Ping is aptly titled: its yarns have been freed to go beyond the outer edges, encouraging their use as both wall tapestries or more conventionally on the floor. The 12 abstract designs include 'Twilight Haze I' (pictured). Tai Ping, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East

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More is More

As the late Postmodern architect Robert Venturi once said: "less is a bore". These days, highly individual interiors keep adding, layer on layer: artfully clashing patterns, unusual surface finishes from flocking to foil, and an abundance of finishing touches such as trimmings, lamps and decorative objects all contribute to a feast for the senses. Create an environment that surprises and …

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Long-Lasting Legacies

Old has never looked so right now, as we look to heritage and tradition to ground us and make sense of a fast-paced world. Just as the Burberry trenchcoat is subtly reinvented season after season, designers are showing their appreciation for what has gone before, but nearly always with a twist that makes the pieces right for today. The clean …

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Crayola Colours

Paint-box brights bring a sense of hope and confidence to interiors, but bold, playful colours shouldn't equal a lack of sophistication – these are approachable, mature and chic. Whether used as accents or all-over for a saturating effect, colours such as pink, teal and orange are very powerful, with an irresistible vivacity. Texture and colour are inseparable, with saturated velvets the …

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Mother Nature

Bring nature indoors with birdlife – feathers, eggs and all – and other native creatures. A soothing palette of duck egg, turquoise and soft grey brings calm, serenity and comfort. From left to right: ‘Gesso’ vase with handles and ‘Gesso Seated Bird’, both Julian Chichester. ‘Deco Monobloc’ lever basin mixer, silver, Perrin & Rowe. ‘Satin Nickel' finial (F298), McKinney & Co. …

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Tai Ping Fernando Mastrangelo rug

Fractured Geology

Fernando Mastrangelo’s sculptural work, elevating every day materials such as salt and sand into works of art, has garnered much attention recently. The same spirit of consideration can be seen in his new Reverence rug collection for Edward Fields, available at Tai Ping. “I wanted it to articulate the visual language of nature and to convey a sense of wonder and …

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Art that Endures

Artwork once found in a gallery is now durable enough to survive the messiness of modern life. American abstract artist Sam Glankoff’s work has been translated into a hand-knotted rug using solution-dyed acrylic yarn; called ‘Visionary’, the piece faithfully details the artist's subtle colour blends and technique of using overlapping panels of paper. Find out more at Sutherland Perennials Studio. Sutherland …

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Rock Stars

Rocks, minerals and semi-precious stones make for a distinctly elemental take on design: the palette is earthy, shot through with jewel tones such as lapis lazuli and amethyst. Explore the geological trend via products such as Tai Ping's 'Density' rug (pictured top), and Wired Custom Lighting's 'Machine' chandelier (pictured centre), whose rough-hewn crystals are a contemporary alternative to cut-glass drops. The Silk Gallery's …

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Bring the House Home

How many homeowners have embarked on a bold bedroom refurbishment having been inspired by a stay at a Soho House? The members' club group has properties from Chicago to the Cotswolds, and at each one, the interiors – comfortable and luxurious without being flashy, and with great attention to detail – is irresistible. Now there is Soho Home, Interiors from Soho House, the retail arm …

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Out of Focus

Blur, Tai Ping's latest collection, was inspired by vintage photography techniques. Its abstract aesthetic manages to be both dreamily nostalgic – evoking memories of an era before the arrival of smartphones – and refreshingly modern. The serene 'Bokeh II', pictured, is named after the bokeh effect, where the lens renders out-of-focus areas as blurred spots of light. Tai Ping, Fourth Floor, Design …

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Bountiful Botanicals

Botanical-themed interiors are taking on a lush, jungle-like quality. 'Kala' by Manuel Canovas, from Colefax and Fowler (pictured top), is an embroidered linen with a design of exotic foliage and a slubbed weave to lend the fabric a hand-woven appearance. Samuel & Sons' ‘Heko’ embroidered border (pictured centre) was inspired by the designs of traditional Japanese obi sashes: in fresh …

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Breaking the Surface

The Japanese art of kintsugi – repairing broken pottery with metallic lacquer in gold, silver or platinum – was the inspiration for 'Nouvelle Spectrum' (pictured), one of James Tufenkian's latest rug designs. The piece takes a painterly approach that is full of depth, with the sheen of bamboo silk creating a metallic shimmer. James's global travels have proved fruitful for other pieces …

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First-hand Accounts

Rug designer Zoë Luyendijk (pictured top) flew in from British Columbia to greet visitors to Front Rugs at Focus/16 – yet the showroom was full of reminders of home. Her work (such as ‘Ur Na’, pictured above) is often inspired by the scale and detail of the water, rocks, trees and mountains that surround her: “It relates to the landscape – which is …

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Good Impressionism

From 1883 Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property, and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known work. In 1899 he began painting the water lilies, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series …

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Beauty in the Abstract

American carpet and rug company Edward Fields has collaborated on a series of rugs with New York–based non-profit Alpha Workshops. The 13 handtufted creations have been adapted from Alpha Workshops’ existing designs, including abstract wallcoverings and shimmering verre églomisé; pictured is ‘Koios I’. See them at Tai Ping Carpets. Tai Ping Carpets, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East

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Made to Measure

Holland & Sherry has opened a showroom at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. With a reputation for supplying the finest wools, tweeds and silks to tailors in Savile Row, the company’s 200-year-old legacy has evolved into producing designs for interiors. In addition to showcasing sophisticated fabrics, the showroom offers custom rugs, embroidery, wallcoverings, trimmings, leather, hardware and lighting. All are defined by excellence …

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Optical Illusion

Chromatic graphics offer the youthful optimism of 1960s Op Art.   ‘Circle’ rug, Rug Star at Stark Carpet ‘Hespera 24’ chandelier (HL3000.24), Remains Lighting ‘Memos’ tables, Giorgetti ‘Oblique’ wallcovering (54080), Arte From top: (39165) braid, Houlès ‘Parati’ (LW 710 80) fabric, Elitis at Abbott & Boyd. ‘Balin Ikat’ fabric (AF73020), black, Anna French at Jacaranda Carpets. ‘Aragon’ fabric (W01032/02), Jim Thompson at Fox Linton. ‘Penisule’ fabric (3550 …

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Seeing Stars

Long gone are the days when the floor was a neglected dimension of a room, a neutral offset to enhance other design elements. Rugs are taking centre stage. New to Stark Carpet is Rug Star by Berlin-based designer Jürgen Dahlmanns, whose creative exuberance offers designs of daring and irreverence. This is the first time that Dahlmanns’ creations will be displayed in …

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Splashing Out

Take a convention-defying approach to interiors with designs that possess all the vitality of an Abstract Expressionist painting. Splats of colour, spilt ink and energetic brushstrokes are the motifs to look out for. Pictured top to bottom are: Prima Linea’s ‘Pollock 3096’ fabric from Alton-Brooke, inspired by Jackson Pollock’s freeform technique; Rug Star’s ‘Splash’ rug from Stark Carpet; Casamance’s ‘Charivari’ fabric  from …

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Samuel & Sons Bejeweled

Pyjama Party

The art of seduction; sensual yet sophisticated elegance. ‘Bejeweled’ collection, Samuel & Sons Passementerie 'Ebenezer' console, sycamore dusk, Davidson. 'Nymph' lamp and shade, Donghia at Rubelli/Donghia. ‘Darius’ wallcovering (FP410002), Pierre Frey ‘Eggshell’ braid (EMBTR075), cement, Holland & Sherry at Lelievre ‘Cloud Pink’ rug by Jan Kath, Front Rugs ‘Moore’ cabinet, Giorgetti 61         'Retro' wallcovering (T85041), Thibaut at Jacaranda Carpets 62         'Celebrity' fabric (AWL1003/62), kasha, Loro Piana at …

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Wallpaper* Approved

For an easy short-cut to the Design Centre's most creative offerings, get on the Wallpaper* Approved trail. Interiors director Amy Heffernan has picked out her favourites, creating a shortlist of 13 can't-miss products that includes Porada's 'Maskara' vanity table (above). Many on the list are from just-opened showrooms – a ringing endorsement of the work of these exciting newcomers. To follow the trail, just look out for the signs. The …

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New Showrooms, Added Sparkle

What better way to explore some of the Design Centre's new showrooms than accompanied by a complimentary glass of fizz? New & Now champagne curated tours happen daily at 2.30pm: escorted by one of the Design Centre's knowledgeable team, visit a handful of these exciting new spaces and get to know their unique offerings and the craftsmanship behind each brand. Each tour stops …

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Creativity in Bloom

The very finest rugs really are works of art for the floor – but Tai Ping Carpets has taken the concept one step further with a collaboration with floral artist Jeff Leatham. His specialist field is complex living installations of flowers that he creates for clients such as Tiffany, Swarovski and Alexander McQueen, but the rug collection, aptly titled Bloom, resists the …

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Carnival Spirit

Original designs and fine craftsmanship are the common threads at Topfloor by Esti. New for this season is Allure, its first wilton carpet collection. Inspired by Brazil – one of designer Esti Barnes' favourite destinations, as well as the home to some great contemporary art and design – each one references a locale or style that captures the vibrancy and …

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Stark Turns Storyteller

Founded in 1938, Stark Carpet had plenty of experience to draw on for its new book, Decorating with Carpets (Vendome Press). Over its history the US company has worked with the undisputed greats of American decorating, including Billy Baldwin and Dorothy Draper, and today collaborates with modern masters such as Steven Gambrel and Garrow Kedigian. The book aims to give rugs and carpets the …

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Walking on Art

Bold, breathtaking and utterly original, Front Rugs has opened a new showroom that presents collections from renowned designers Jan Kath, Michaela Schleypen and Zoë Luyendijk. It is no wonder that they are known as ground-breaking. This ‘Angles’ rug by Jan Kath was inspired by the forms of Cubism, where colours were applied one over another to block out geometric angles …

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Thibault Trade Routes Collection

On the Road

‘A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step’ said Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. Be inspired by this sentiment with ‘Trade Routes’, Thibaut’s new collection influenced by handcrafted and primitive techniques from faraway places. Pack your suitcase to see the collection of coordinating wallpaper, print and embroidered fabrics at Jacaranda Carpets. Jacaranda Carpets, First Floor, South Dome

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Top Floor 'Sunset' rug

Glowing Review

Top Floor’s latest rug collaboration is with British designer and photographer Pam Weinstock. Ever a studio to push the boundaries of innovation, its challenge here was to translate the complexity and colour of a photograph into a textured rug. The dreamily enigmatic ‘Sunset’, pictured, shows that it has succeeded beautifully. Top Floor by Esti, Rugs & Wood, Second Floor, South Dome

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