Inspired by // The Rug Company 20th Anniversary Collection
On a recent visit to The Rug Company showroom in Fulham, we rediscovered some of the brands most iconic designs that have recently been brought together to create The TRC20 collection.
Celebrating the brand heritage of combining exceptional craftsmanship with some of the most talented creative minds in the world, each piece represents the quintessential vision and creativity of its designer, translated by skilled weavers into beautifully handcrafted rugs that will last for generations.
Artists including Mary McCartney (daughter of Sir Paul, and one of the most successfully sold designs to have been sold at The Rug Company, as photographed here) have been commissioned to photograph the designers in their creative spaces, transporting us into a world of imagination, inspiration and innovation.
The Festival rug below is instantly recognisable as the work of Sir Paul Smith. The impactful and uplifting design confidently embraces colour. The kaleidoscope of colours has been painstakingly and faithfully translated by The Rug Company’s weavers in Nepal to ensure that they work tonally, each single colour takes one day to create. You can shop the rug here.
Vivienne Westwood has a long-standing association with Scotland and its traditional fabrics such as Harris Tweed, wool, plaid & tartan.
The Highland rug below features a special tartan originally designed for the iconic 2007 Gold Label collection, Wake up Cave Girl. For this specially crafted rug, Westwood subverts the traditional motif, magnifying the dimensions of the tartan, to give an oversized graphic feel to the traditional Scottish pattern. Shop this rug here.
Expertly woven in muted royal blue and oyster cream bands, with gold and beetle red feature threads, the rug is hand knotted with fine Tibetan wool.
Even the most hardened of Anglophiles went weak in the knees when Westwood and The Rug Company joined forces in 2005. Always at the forefront of cultural trends, Vivienne Westwood is considered to be one of the most original and influential designers of our time. Her studio is photographed below.
“Quality rather than quantity is my philosophy and lifestyle, so my collection with The Rug Company reflects this perfectly.”
Designed before Alexander McQueen’s untimely death in 2010, this limited edition handwoven aubusson, named the Chiaroscuro rug, captures the otherworldly yet timeless vision of Alexander McQueen in this dramatic floral design, which draws inspiration from Dutch floral paintings from the 17th century.
Practising ancient traditions of rug-making, each step of the aubusson craft is carried out by hand. The colour is expertly blended and then intricately woven by The Rug Company artisans to achieve almost photographic detail.
Chiaroscuro refers to the juxtaposition of light and dark, which in this case lends the design an almost three-dimensional quality.
Alexander McQueen was a ground-breaking fashion designer renowned for theatrical creations which explored fantasy and rebellion. Since McQueen’s death, the brand is led by Sarah Burton, who has earned her own international success, while still honouring Lee’s vision. McQueen’s rug collection is couture level, with arresting design, superior quality and skilled craftsmanship. The collection won Fashion’s Contribution to Design award at the 2010 Elle Decoration British Design Awards. You can shop the rug here.
One of the most popular designs for The Rug Company is this design by American fashion and interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Organic and abstract, the Channels design represents Wearstler’s interest in street art and expressive graphic design.
The rug transforms hand-painted brushstrokes into vivid silk stripes on a Tibetan wool background. The intentionally casual edging of the lines captures the freehand nature of the artwork.
“I gathered inspiration from vintage trims and wall coverings to a button I found at an old haberdashery in Paris and the natural textures and contours of a beautiful seashell.”
Kelly Wearstler’s luxury lifestyle brand is renowned for its distinctive designs and sophisticated, soulful vibe. Juxtaposing raw with refined, melding colour, sophistication and spontaneity, and blending diverse periods of furniture under one roof, Wearstler has revolutionised modern American design.
A style you’ll clearly see in her interior design and collections of furniture, lighting, fabrics, tiles and home accessories, she effortlessly applies the same panache to her rug collection. Shop this rug design here.
As co-founder of The Rug Company, Suzanne Sharp’s fearless and instinctive creative vision has earned her a reputation as a pioneer of rug design.
The iconic Bonavita rug encapsulates her talent at creating a thoroughly modern design from a traditional reference, playing with scale, direction and most of all colour. Inspired by tiles found in an old Maltese church, the pattern is reworked and edited in fresh blue and green into a contemporary classic.
Diagonal lines are notoriously challenging to achieve in a hand knotted rug, but are expertly woven to pleasing effect within this rug. Shop this and Suzanne’s other designs here.
“My designs are guided by my instinct and much of my style owes its origins to my nomadic childhood. Travel triggers my imagination and my designs are often an updated version of things I have seen.” Suzanne Sharp
For further design information or for your closest showroom, click here.
Images c/o The Rug Company
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