14 Apr 2022 • Accessories
Add an instant boost to your next space with these 9 artistic rugs
Sometimes spaces just need an extra graphic touch to feel right. Whether you're looking for eye-catching colours, textures – or both – these designs will do the trick.
THE FLOOR IS LAVA
Inspired by volcanoes, Carpet Edition’s The Floor is Lava rugs seemingly melt onto the floors they’re placed. The series – designed by PLACéE – consists of six formless that capture the fluidity of lava. The Floor Is Lava’s colour range spans from more neutral tones to hues taken from the digital world, like neon blue and orchid pink. New Zealand wool and Tencel yarns are tufted by hand to make the rugs.
Raising awareness about the ways in which design neglects visual limitations, the Chromarama tapestries by Dutch design studio Kukka are developed with colour blindness in mind. The designers worked with colour-blind peer groups and TextielLab to bring the functional fabrics to life – each represents the perspective of a viewer with a form of colour-vision defiency (CVD).
Nanimarquina teamed up with Clàudia Valsells for Tones, a collection that fully embraces colour. ‘The colours of the Tones collection are conceived from the instruments in an orchestra – the toasted colorus of the strings, the greys and blues of the wind instruments, the ochers of the percussion, etc.,’ explains Valsells. Two techniques are used to make the four-model series: hand-tufting and kilim.
To be presented at Belgium is Design during Milan Design Week, Alice Emery's marbled Pico Bello rug takes on a semi-circular shape mirroring the industrial designer’s Orion desk. The colours of the hand-tufted, raw-wool tapestry – black, cream and green – similarly reflect the furnishing’s materiality, a play of tactility sought after by Emery.
Ferreira de Sá
One of Europe’s oldest purveyors of handmade rugs, Ferreira de Sá’s production exemplifies a careful balance of tradition and innovation. Its Flatweave Collection makes it possible to easily incorporate colour into living spaces. The Portuguese manufacturer’s rugs are produced manually in its traditional looms – Flatweave gets its name from the lack of knots produced in the process.
Now that the acceptance of marijuana has solidly entered mainstream culture, Kokot Studio has referenced from the organic substance to create Lush. The wool and viscose hand-tufted rug utilizes a vibrant colour palette and visually interesting pattern that, of course, contains those famously identifiable leaves. Lush is the result of what the studio declares is a combination of art and entheogen – the ancient Greek process of ‘generating the God within’.
A collection of made-to-measure rugs, Bolon’s Truly line take on the five unique designs offered by the brand’s flooring of the same name. The rugs are characterized by enlarged patterns, vibrant effects and hyper-textures. Clients have the ability to select the exact size, trimmings and colours they need to accommodate the aesthetic of their project.
Little Proba – an initiative started by Studio Proba – partnered with the Toni Garrn Foundation, which benefits education initiatives for girls in Africa, for a series of virtual workshops on colour theory, drawing and painting. Based in Ghana, the art lessons resulted in a variety of designs reflecting the colours and symbols of the nation. They have been translated into rugs hand-woven by women in India.
Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Sarah Roseman tapped into her child memories to conceive the Molten Memories rug. Looking at the piece from a toddler’s perspective’, Roseman utilized discarded domestic materials to construct a ‘living landscape’ tapestry evocative of playful days past.