Here COVER selects ten new rugs from recent launches that represent the best in contemporary handmade carpet design for Spring 2020.
Wild Flowers—Spring by Wool & Silk Rugs
Wool & Silk’s stunning new Monet-esque rug design Wild Flowers—Spring came from a photograph taken by company owner Erbil Tezcan while out walking with his wife Danielle.
Matignon, Brume by La Manufacture Cogolin
Matignon, Brume belongs to the André Arbus collection, which comprises original rug designs from the archive of the sculptor, decorator and architect. The rugs have been realised in a palette that looks to the 1940s.
Evol by Erik Lindström
Designed by Brian O’Hara for Erik Lindström, Evol has an intricate pattern made from the letters of the word ‘love’. O’Hara is dyslexic but has a love of writing, especially backwards, and uses his work to communicate messages of positivity.
Farini (166 Ugo Bassi, Isola, Milan) by Henzel Studio
This design comes from the new Ugo Bassi Isola collection, developed by Calle Henzel over a period of five years. Abstract colour fields, studio waste, cardboard scraps and raw and untreated surfaces were important design influences.
Valparaise by Amini
Italian illustrator René Gruau’s work for 1930s Milanese designer Fede Cheti is the basis for Amini’s new carpet Valparaise. The design was inspired by Japanese prints and is available in white and yellow.
Slivers by Deirdre Dyson
Deirdre Dyson’s Looking Glass collection, consisting of eight new designs, was released at Maison & Objet in January. Slivers stems from a series of overlapping glass discs and sports 33 different colours in wool and silk.
Confetti by Rosemary Hallgarten
The Bédouine Collection, new for Spring 2020, is a range of rugs and fabrics inspired by the Atlas Mountains in North Africa. In addition to silky ombre carpets, several new designs add subtle patterns to Hallgarten’s popular bouclé rugs.
Flow by Odegard Carpets
Odegard Carpets’ Atmospheric Impressions Collection is based on original watercolour paintings and marker drawings influenced by natural aerial formations. The design Flow is shown here in steel blue and jade.
Carré-Chameau by Reuber Henning
The Carré collection by Berlin brand Reuber Henning is 100% wool. Since even the warp is made of wool, the rugs take on a pleasant blanket-like quality. Subtle colour variation within each design means there is more to these chessboard patterns than first meets the eye.
Tasi by Lucy Tupu
Tasi forms part of the Falelima collection, inspired by Lucy Tupu’s Samoan heritage. The traditional art of tatau (tattoo) is the source of the line’s bold look, which is balanced with the idea of the delicate beauty of the island of Savaii, where Lucy’s family is from.