On a recent visit to the studio of artist and Rug Company collaborator Helen Amy Murray, we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some of her most recent projects.
Helen takes inspiration from nature and form to create surface relief within textiles. Her work can include anything from furniture and wall coverings to art and installations. Her projects are all crafted entirely by hand (using topography to create pattern), seen below on a leather head board and the hand sculpted silk crepe ‘Peacock’ wall panel.
Helen’s rugs are crafted in a similar way. The hand-knotted wool rug is carved by hand into varying pile heights, creating an overall three-dimensional effect.
The ‘Star Silk’ pattern is dictated purely by the topography of the rug. There is no variation in yarn colour or tone, only in depth and texture. The 3D design is the result of careful contouring.
Just as the ‘Peony’ pattern is being cut by hand into this fabric (in Helen’s studio), the same technique is applied to the rugs in Nepal. Our master craftsmen carve Helen’s pattern by hand and by eye across the surface of the full-size, hand knotted rugs.
Click here to see more of Helen’s collection for The Rug Company.