Kara Walker

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Renouncing the sensitivity that often shrouds the subject, American artist Kara Walker’s work critically and unapologetically interrogates underlying racial and gender tensions. Through characters drawn from American popular literature, culture and history, she exposes the myths that lie beneath cultural archetypes and the darker aspects of human behaviour.…

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Deco Decadence: art deco inspired rugs

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Art Deco was considered the future when it first materialised almost a century ago. Today, its predilection for exquisite detail and craftsmanship are still relevant, and enjoying a renaissance.

Appreciation for exceptional craftsmanship was abundant in the 1920s, with the interiors of Dorothy Draper and Syrie Maugham giving a new-found artistry and luxury to interior design.…

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Child’s play: Barber Osgerby’s new children’s rugs

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When it comes to decorating children’s rooms, there’s no need to forego great design and beautiful craftsmanship. Our selection of rugs and wallhangings for children is sure to see them through childhood and beyond.

Butterfly, Fish, Owl and Snake designed by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby.…

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Paul Smith’s carnival of colour

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In his Carnival rug, Paul Smith’s trademark stripes have become gently billowing ribbons of translucent colour. He tells us about the inspiration behind the rug and the journey from solid stripes to softer strokes…

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Stitching by numbers

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When translating the work of the world’s most creative designers into a beautiful handmade rug or cushion, the devil is in the detail.

The Hummingbird cushion by Alexander McQueen is no exception, and provided us with a particularly difficult challenge. Because of the intricate nature of the motif and its jewel like colours, it was important to be as faithful as possible to the artwork: even one shade off could throw the balance of the design.…

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Chain reaction

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Champion of witty British fashion, Giles Deacon is loved for his bold prints and sophisticated, pop culture references.

These hand-drawn sketches show his inspiration for the ‘Sentinel’, ‘Lavaliere’ and ‘Libertine’ rug designs. With an unusual metal theme, the designs exemplify Giles’ subversive style and mastery of elegant quirkiness.…

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Nice day out

The Rosetta Vase by Grayson Perry (2011)

If you happen to be in London, and find yourself near the British Museum, do go and visit Grayson Perry’s new show. We at The Rug Company are very honoured to have worked with him on our special tapestry  project, Banners of Persuasion.…

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Matthew Williamson’s super ladies

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We love nothing more than digging around in a rich archive, and here is a favourite find of ours. The picture shows fashion designer Matthew Williamson surrounded by some beatiful ladies you might recognise. In a kaleidoscope of colour, they luxuriate on some Rug Company rugs, including Matthew’s own design ‘Sunset‘.…

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Green with envy!

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Don’t hedge your bets – use green as bold as nature intended. The Rug Company’s Creative Director, Suzanne Sharp, goes green and opens her notebook.

“I love bright designs in strong geometric patterns, especially a melange of old and new that sit comfortably together – I am currently obsessed with green, and love the hand-crafted vibe of our Key Shadow rug.”

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