Best Buys: artistic rugs

May 12, 2017 / Best buys, SHOPPING / 0 Comments
’Spacecrafted 11’ hand-knotted rug by Jan Kath, £2,380 per square metre, Front London (wearefront.com); ’Minerals Original’ rug, £1,170 per square metre, Knots Rugs (knotsrugs.co.uk); Texture takes over: ‘Kaya’ rug, £800, Floor Story; ‘St Flavia’ rug, £1,062 per square metre, Luke Irwin (lukeirwin.com)

Art for your floor

 

One of the biggest trends for homes in 2017 is for rugs that are quite simply, art for your floor (See our Editor-in-Chief’s Trendbulletin 18). Think floor coverings inspired by abstract art, and designs that you could hang on your walls. Welcome to a new world of interiors wonder, inspired by many different influences, here’s nine of our favourites… 

 

1 Abstract inspiration: Golran have made their mark in the rug trade with a series of inspired collaborations with artists and designers, such as this one by Raw Edges, the RCA-trained, Israeli design duo.

’Lake Collection’ rug by Raw Edges, from £6,560, Golran (golran.com)

’Lake Collection’ rug by Raw Edges, from £6,560, Golran (golran.com)

 

2 Natural forms are often a starting point for designers when it comes to rugs, such as this ‘Scratched’ rug by Staffen Tollgard for JAB Anstoelz which reminds of rocks, snow or even reflections on a puddle.

’Scratched’ rug by Staffan Tollgård, from £695 per square metre, JAB Anstoetz (jab-uk.co.uk)

’Scratched’ rug by Staffan Tollgård, from £695 per square metre, JAB Anstoetz (jab-uk.co.uk)

 

3 Minerals and rock formations are another pervasive influence. And seemingly the starting point for this rug by Chinese fashion designer Han Feng from Tai Ping Carpets.

’Han Feng’ rug, from £1,040 per square metre, Tai Ping Carpets (taipingcarpets.com)

’Han Feng’ rug, from £1,040 per square metre, Tai Ping Carpets (taipingcarpets.com)

 

4 Watercolours: delicate, watery hues are the perfect foil for floors lending coverings washes of colour that recall everything from precious gems to landscapes and mountain ranges. We love this one from Knots Rugs

’Minerals Original’ rug, £1,170 per square metre, Knots Rugs (knotsrugs.co.uk)

’Minerals Original’ rug, £1,170 per square metre, Knots Rugs (knotsrugs.co.uk)

 

5 Antiquity: From the ‘Tarantella’ collection, the ‘St Flavia’ rug is hand-knotted in Tibetan linen and silk. Available in any size and colourway from Luke Irwin

‘St Flavia’ rug, £1,062 per square metre, Luke Irwin (lukeirwin.com)

‘St Flavia’ rug, £1,062 per square metre, Luke Irwin (lukeirwin.com)

 

6 Flowers are a huge source of inspiration for almost anything associated with design, and in the hands of Olympic torch designers Barber Osgerby, they become subtle and stylish underfoot. The Rug Company

’Starflower Blue’ rug by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, £835 per square metre, The Rug Company (therugcompany.com)

’Starflower Blue’ rug by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, £940 per square metre, The Rug Company (therugcompany.com)

 

7 Stars and skyscapes: we’ve all whiled away an hour watching cloud formations, or gazing at stars, so how marvellous to see them translated into a rug by the multi award-winning rug designer Jan Kath for Front

’Spacecrafted 11’ hand knotted rug by Jan Kath, Front London

’Spacecrafted 11’ hand-knotted rug by Jan Kath, £2,380 per square metre, Front London (wearefront.com)

 

8 Aztec designs: geometric and graphic designs are becoming more and more popular, but the patterns are increasingly sophisticated to suit the prevailing mood of artistic splendour for your floor. Floor Story

Texture takes over: ‘Kaya’ rug, £800, Floor Story

 

9 Vintage: antique rugs are also being rediscovered and coveted for their unique patterns and history, such as this multi-coloured Moroccan Azilal rug from Emily’s House

Vintage Moroccan Azilal rug, £780, Emilys House

Vintage Moroccan Azilal rug, £780, Emilys House

 

For our pick of the best Berber rugs, real and re-interpreted, see Best Buys: Berber rugs

 

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