Our in-house Design Studio is accustomed to requests for unique rugs and we relish every challenge.
Past commissions range from a simple plain colour rug matched to a scheme to highly ornate and detailed hand tufted fitted rugs covering many floors.
A clear understanding of how your rug works in your scheme will guide our choices without limiting creativity and lead to a fabulous special piece.
In most cases a site visit answers so many questions.
It is worth noting that floorcoverings are surprisingly versatile with many novel constructions available for the adventurous client. The 3 main materials are wool, cotton and silk which each have many variations. Natural fibres like hemp, seagrass and bamboo are now popular and can be combined with other materials to make unique blends. Synthetic yarns have their place as do novel recycled yarns from sari cloth and plastics.
Weaving techniques are equally varied and produce a level of detail that is reflected in the price. A very fine hand knotted silk rug with a knot rate of 200 per inch or more, as found in our British Museum Collection, will cost many times more than a hand loomed bamboo/silk texture and both have their merits.
If you would like to discuss your ideas with us lets get in touch and start the journey together.
The V&A Cranes rug takes centre stage in this magnificent extended version. Careful lighting accentuates the silken elements of the design creating a shimmering statement within this private Arts and Crafts residence.
The client had a clear idea regarding colours and size with the added interest of a full size black and white cow statue to work with! The hide pattern was very decorative and reminded me of Gaudi tiling I had seen in Barcelona.The two styles combined beautifully in a black and white handtufted wool rug with silk highlights.
A particularly satisfying commission came about from a chance discussion around the decorative possibilities of tree bark. A large number of photographs were collected by myself and the client and between us we created a composition in monochrome.There was a blank canvas regarding colours as the rug was to be the focal point. After much experimentation and many emailed pdfs giving scale and colour options a number of samples were made for final selection.The final rug was abstract in style, rich, colourful and strikingly unusual.
Sometimes the client wants to dazzle and impress In this example the rug was to be made almost entirely of hand knotted silk that would reflect the custom lighting and shine in a brilliant display of red and gold that contrasted with the neutral stone fireplace. A black wool ground was selected for maximum contrast and a formal, mirrored floral pattern was repeated within the unusual square shape. The installation of complimentary lighting was a major contributor to this rugs success.
Our stand at the Chelsea Flower Show was visited by a client from Australia. She immediately fell in love with our Parrot Tulip design and commissioned a larger version. This was carefully redrawn by myself, not just mechanically enlarged, and delivered the following year to her business HQ.