The end of the year is drawing close. In no time January will bring a fresh new selection of design fairs to visit and new rug designs to see. Here we highlight six new rugs in our last round-up of 2022.
Part of TAN’s ambitious 80×80 project, which features in COVER 69, the wool and silk design by M/M Paris looks to the inspiration behind the whole project, Japanese design master and calligrapher Katsumi Asaba. In the design traditional Japanese calligraphy is combined with the simplicity of the Bauhaus grid system. The rug’s colourway was inspired by the conversations M/M Paris have had with Asaba about sushi—the whites, pinks, oranges and greens reminiscent of sticky rice, ginger, wasabi, salmon and cherry blossoms. The design is currently shortlisted for the Carpet Design Awards 2023.
The Nova collection by KES Studio for Marc Phillips refers to California minimalism and contemporary art in its relaxed yet glamorous designs. Founder of KES Studio, Kara Smith, looked to artists who play with light reflections and refraction and drew inspiration from the 70s. Marc Phillips experimented with pile height, materials, and colours to enhance the minimal yet striking aesthetic.
Since 2015, Floor Story has supported Choose Love, a humanitarian aid initiative that supports refugees and displaced people. This year the London brand have gone one better and made some mini rugs for the wall or floor, made of leftover Tibetan wool, to support the cause. All proceeds from the purchases of the limited edition, hand-knotted 80cm x 80cm rug art pieces will go directly to Choose Love and will be distributed to their on-the-ground partners currently supporting refugees in 26 countries. This is the first part of Floor Story’s collaboration with Choose Love, with another rug range coming in the Spring.
Showing at Luke Irwin‘s showroom in October was this eye-catching rug Le Tigre, based on a painting by Australian artist Jordy Kerwick. The rug is one of ten powerful designs being made in a collaboration between Kerwick and London’s Vigo Gallery. Australian born Jordy Kerwick lives in the South of France and began painting in 2016. If Le Tigre is anything to go by, we cannot wait to see the next nine rugs!
Just in time for Milan Fashion Week, cc-tapis launched the super fun five-piece Floordrobe collection with Australian streetwear brand P.A.M (Perks and Mini) in September. The Moving Image Jumper rug is one of five hand-tufted rugs now on cc-tapis’ e-commerce store. The All Seeing Bra and All Seeing Briefs surely need to come as a pair!
The Turin showroom of Battilossi is currently home to the exhibition ‘A Folk Christmas’. The festive display features nine handmade quilts by expert Luisa Fenoglio and eight limited-edition hand-knotted rugs comprising six different designs based on traditional American quits by Battilossi. ‘This exhibition stems from the research work I conducted with Luisa into the history of quilting and our reinterpretation of the most famous artefacts of the American tradition—ranging from the Amish communities, to Alabama, to Canada. These are complex decorations that I transformed into three different designs for our weavers in Kathmandu, Nepal and three made in Lahore, Pakistan’ Maurizio Battilossi. ‘A Folk Christmas’ is on at Battilossi’s Turin showroom until 31 January 2023.