As CEO and Co-Founder of The Rug Company, Christopher Sharp’s vision has brought together the craft of rug making with contemporary design.
He established a company which is now represented in twelve countries, and offers a major source of essential employment in Nepal. He has helped to invigorate an ancient craft and triggered a revolution in rugs.
The success of The Rug Company’s collections is grounded not only in Sharp’s passion for rug collecting, which was initially ignited while he was working in film production in the Middle East, but also in a determination to ensure that every aspect of the company meets the highest standards while retaining a strong humanist stance.
Sharp has always put the quality of the product before economic temptation and understands that satisfaction is derived from doing everything well. When he started the company in 1997, the rug industry was in a spiral of decline, reproducing copies of rugs from the glory days of the 18th and 19th centuries but offering little to future generations. This is no longer the case.
Uniquely, Sharp has commissioned some of the world’s most influential and inspirational designers including Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Tom Dixon, Diane von Furstenberg, Matthew Williamson and Marni, and works closely with them to create collectable pieces that capture the spirit of our times.