“I like opposites – positive and negative, transparency and density, reverse imagery and the overlaying of colours, some washed out some vibrant.” So says Paul Smith of the three new designs he has added to his collection for The Rug Company.
For this project, the designer has showcased his skill with muted colours in bold graphic prints and cubic forms. The Cubes, Umbra and Peaks rugs reveal Smith’s interest in abstract art and architecture, exhibiting his talent for the faultless construction of pattern.
Gathering inspiration from modernist buildings, Peaks and Umbra are based on art deco motifs taken from the design and architecture of the period. Peaks is a classic 1920s chevron pattern meticulously reworked in hand woven wool and silk for a chic modern twist. Umbra plays with the scale of a graphic art deco print to produce a strong, urban feel in striking monochrome.
The Cubes design is a modern interpretation of stained glass windows, incorporating Smith’s interest in abstract art. Using a special looping technique to create crisp edging, a puzzle of intersecting shapes is formed in relief. The Cubist three-dimensional effect is countered by a muted palette of neutral tones, with flashes of turquoise for a pleasingly mellow composition.
Also in the collection is the London Skyline wallhanging. As Smith’s home, the wallhanging testifies to his love of the city. Woven in intricate wool needlepoint, the urban greys and browns, mixed with vibrant red, bring to life London’s eclectic mix of traditional and modern architecture, which make up this “distinguished and unmistakeable skyline”.
These beautiful pieces are entirely handmade, using the artisanal expertise and finest natural yarns for which The Rug Company is renowned. Click here to see the full Paul Smith collection.