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Shop the trend: Heritage

February 12, 2021

Historical dramas are on the rise, from the hit Netflix series The Crown to the BBC’s A Suitable Boy and a new season of The Great. This craving for escapism into a beautiful past is understandable in such uncertain times. For those looking to bring some of that heritage aesthetic into their home, here are some handpicked pieces from select COVER Connect exhibitors. The feature image is a Homage collection rug from Rug & Kilim

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HOME IS A CASTLE

Rugs get the royal treatment in French Accents’ Tapestry collection, which draws on historical wall hangings in European stately homes. These contemporary textiles, however, can be either hung on the wall or draped on the floor of a modern home. Samad recently released its new Meridian collection, but it is its Golden Age collection that has truly stood the test of time. The traditional design and rich colours impart timeless appeal, even after more than twenty years in production. Matt Camron’s Antique Reproduction rugs offer transitional pieces made in time-honoured techniques, but reinterpret classical styles for contemporary spaces.

Anadol’s Angora Oushak collection emphasises antique Turkish motifs and traditional natural dyes, but in transitional patterns, colours and sizes suitable for contemporary interior projects. Oritop’s does the same for classic Persian/Afghan rug patterns in their Treasures of the Past collection. The new Druk and Mapcha collection from Bespoke Tibetan Carpets brings elements of Tibetan mythology into the home – the druk is a majestic thunder dragon and the mapcha an opulent peacock.

MODERN NOMADS

Inspired by traditional Berber rugs, Rug & Kilim’s Moroccan collection recreates the distinctive, intricate designs as larger sizes, normally unachievable on a historical loom. Edelgrund’s Mani collection is handwoven in the historical technique of nomad tribes in southern Iran, traditionally used to make durable saddlebags for horses and mules. The Mojave collection from Kalaty features iconic motifs from different Persian tribal rugs, including simple geometric shapes from antique gabbehs, the abstract patterns of ikats and the dark red palette of a Shiraz rug.

For those looking to buy a one-of-a-kind rug from a real, 21st-century nomadic tribe, the Kabul Carpet Export Centre (KCEC) connects small Afghani rug makers—including village artisans and genuine nomad weavers—directly with global buyers.

NEW CLASSICS

Channelling the spirit of mid-century Americana, Classic Rug Inc’s Frank Lloyd Wright collection marries the famous architect’s Prairie School style with Nepal’s weaving heritage. The Hoffman Rug was originally designed for the Max Hoffman House, one of Wright’s last projects, and is now made in Nepal. The Shibori collection by Sambhav pays homage to the centuries-old Japanese tie-dying technique. Traditionally done in indigo, here it is offered in a light blue or burnt red colour ways. Finally, for those looking for a ready-made heirloom, the Antique collection from Makalu Design by Paulig features traditional patterns with a subtle erased effect, as if the rug has already been in the family for generations.

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