Four destination showrooms for rugs


There is no substitute for seeing handmade rugs in the flesh before you buy or commission a bespoke piece. With so much on offer, presenting a multitude of options in an orderly and stylish manner can be a real challenge. Here are four international showrooms, as featured in COVER 43 that make it easy to navigate the choices available with experienced… Read more »

Interiors, Rugs & Carpets

Four rooms defined by rugs


Long gone are the days when the floor was the ignored dimension of a room, a neutral offset to enhance other design elements. Today, handmade rugs have staked out their claim as effortless centrepieces of an interior. They frequently form the starting point for interior designers, who may build entire rooms around them. From traditional… Read more »

Art Textiles, Fabrics, Furniture, Homewares, Interiors, Rugs & Carpets, Uncategorized

Always smiling – the weavers of Nepal deserve a break


Matthew Wailes specialises in designing and producing rugs for the interior design market. He has a close working relationship with his long-standing manufacturing partner in Nepal, which hand-knots his rugs.  I visited Nepal in late November with friend and colleague John O’Callaghan from O’C Carpet of New York. A lightning visit of just four days before… Read more »

Events, Profiles, Uncategorized

Precious Minimalism by Kristiina Lassus


  Milan-based designer Kristiina Lassus’ work exudes a quiet elegance. The rugs are minimal in detail but rich in historical and ethnographical reference. The understated patterns are suggestive of places and times, there are subconscious references to aesthetics from architecture, art and craft. Born in Helsinki, Finland, Kristiina Lassus trained in Interior Architecture, Furniture Design… Read more »

Interiors, Profiles, Rugs & Carpets

Twelve Tempting Textile Gifts for Christmas 2014

Sock Monkey at Lehman's

Denna Jones Our eclectic range of twelve textile related gifts includes three experiential gifts – exhibitions in London, New York, and Berlin. Whether for others or yourself, there’s something here for everyone. On the border of the Blenheim Palace estate lies the village of Woodstock where The Cotswold Tailor creates bespoke suits as fine as… Read more »

Exhibitions, Homewares, Rugs & Carpets, Textiles, Uncategorized, Wearable textiles
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Campaign for Wool Warms Up Southwark Cathedral

Wool Week two sheep

Denna Jones Lovers of wool are legging it around the capital to catch events, workshops and exhibitions allied to Campaign for Wool’s fifth annual UK Wool Week (6-12 October 2014). Knit-a-thon at Brora (and a Twitter auction to win the blanket outcome), meet the Maker opportunities, and a Tweed Tea Party are just a few… Read more »

Events, Exhibitions, Furniture, Interiors, New Collections, Rugs & Carpets, Textiles, Uncategorized
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New Designers 2014: the genius of Gen Z

New Designers Flower Girl by Denna Jones

Denna Jones The annual New Designers exhibition of recent graduate work from across the UK was dominated this year by a demographic whose outlook is a fusion of the youngest of the Millennials (born circa 1980), and the elders of Generation Z (born circa 1995). Your reviewer’s conversations with  Part 1 ND graduates (notably Luna… Read more »

Exhibitions, Fashion, Interiors, Textiles, Uncategorized, Wearable textiles
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Vintage Tattoos translated into FLOOR_STORY rugs

Tattoo rug by Rob Pybus for Floor_Story

Denna Jones Permanent markings ritually inked onto faces, biceps, backs, forearms and most surfaces of the human body, hold an enduring fascination unequalled by other forms of bodily adornment. In some cultures the act is less “ritual” and more “right of passage” sometimes with a drunk reveller as the “canvas”. Are the stories of customers… Read more »

New Collections, Rugs & Carpets
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Kangan Arora’s new rug collection for FLOOR_STORY

Kangan Arora Kites for Floor_Story

Denna Jones Sometimes it’s worth explaining a detail that might otherwise be overlooked. Simon Goff is Director of London-based rug company FLOOR_STORY. The detail is in the company logo. The “underscore” between the two words isn’t the ubiquitous symbol used for computer programming file naming. Rather it’s a clever, simple cipher – a symbol –… Read more »

Exhibitions, Interiors, Rugs & Carpets, We Like
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Laundry Bag Tartan Fashion by London Cloth Company

London Cloth Company laundry bag plaid tartan

Denna Jones In advance of COVER’s exclusive interview later this year with Daniel Harris, Founder of the London Cloth Company, where we will reveal the weaver’s collaboration on a line of tweed upholstery fabrics, we highlight one of Harris’s line of suit-weight tweeds (below) – the “Laundry Bag”. (continued)   British readers with a keen… Read more »

Fashion, Interiors, Textiles
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