The Vintage and Traditional Collection is the result of our inability to resist beautiful rugs. Often sourced on our travels, this is a constantly evolving collection and you will find many more extraordinary pieces in our showrooms, from a tribal nomadic rug to a fine silk Persian Qum, each the finest example of its type. Please contact us to find out more.
One of our favorite types of rugs are Kilims. There’s something irresistible about a Kilim that was woven a while ago. The colours have slightly faded and the wool has softened, you know it’s coming from a world, a culture, so different from our own, that it is, in the true sense of the word, exotic. We’ve carried on collecting and we’ve used the experience from these last twenty years to put together this particular collection, which we believe, represents only the very best.
There is a certain look that a rug acquires when it has been subjected to a few generations of life. It becomes, with the passing years, no longer solely a decorative piece, but part of the narrative to a story. The design is less prominent, the colours have faded and the wool has worn so that the warps and wefts finally have their moment in the light. Such a rug will give any room, traditional or modern, something special. There is, however, often a problem. These antique rugs are hard to find and often full of holes that make for a perilous passage as you traverse them with your Martini. Our collection of Bayats are vintage rugs, (meaning they are somewhere between twenty five and fifty years old), that have been repaired, cleaned and evenly trimmed to achieve the same effect as an antique piece. And, best of all, they come without holes.
Part of the irresistible charm of the Berber rugs is that they feel, despite the fact they have been woven in a similar way for centuries, utterly modern. They are hand knotted by Berber tribespeople, living in the snow capped Atlas mountains, with wool of such quality, and designs of such simplicity, that the artistic success of each piece is in the hands of its weaver.
The rugs of the Caucasus, the inaccessible uplands lying between the Black Sea and the Caspian, display an unmistakeable style. Each of these authentic artefacts is a work of a tradition and artistry that speaks of the nomadic life in the crystal clear air of high summer pastures. Although the references and symbolism are passed down through generations, it is the free spirited reinterpretation of these references and the often defiant irreverence to colour that makes each one of these pieces extraordinary. Like all art there are poor and inspired examples. We endeavour to collect the latter.
The name Suzani originally comes from the Persian word for needle. They are highly decorative tribal textiles from central Asia, which have been embroidered on cotton or silk for the last four hundred years. Stitched by dexterous hands in often strong arresting colours, they are highly prized for their decorative versatility. They can be used as bed spreads, wall-hangings and as throws.
The story of rug weaving and design is never sedentary; it is an on going narrative. Our Damalis are rugs that were woven in Turkey in the middle of the last century and their references are modernist. While most Turkish rug weaving from this period was referenced to the previous three centuries, these pieces took bold and unprecedented inspiration. The often striking geometry, the reinterpretation of textiles from this period and the kaleidoscope of colour produced wonderful rugs. Most of these pieces are in small sizes, which works well with their bold style and it also means that they can be used as pieces of art and decoration in just about any space.
Antique and vintage rugs are not always in a suitable condition to carry on being a useful and delightful addition to the home. They can, over years of use, become worn or damaged in a particular area. The faded glory remains but their usefulness diminishes. Repairing these rugs is sometimes financially impractical. The idea of taking the best, undamaged sections of each rug and stitching them together to make a rug that is a myriad of rugs is inspired. This is recycling at its very best and if done creatively produces utterly charming results. Each unique piece is the start of a new life for previously dismissed old rugs.
The Arts & Crafts movement of the late Nineteenth Century was a reaction against the poor quality and bad design of Industrial mass production that was sweeping the western world. Among the noblest achievements of this movement were its carpets. Only a few original pieces, have survived. Fortunately we can still keep the quality of the weave and the decorative brilliance of those original carpets. William Morris, the father of the Arts and Craft movement, produced his rugs in Hammersmith, London. Our collection is woven in Iran, a necessary geographical shift to ensure that the rugs are still handmade and the quality remains almost indistinguishable from the original pieces.