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Under Your Feet: The Contemporary Rug

An exhibition of the best contemporary crafted rugs designed in the UK and Ireland will open in Gallery One at The Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales this weekend. From 6 April to 14 July 2019, ‘Under Your Feet: The Contemporary Rug’ will showcase a stunning selection of rugs by contemporary designer makers.

Force Cerise, hand-tufted in the UK from 100% new wool

Force Cerise rug, by Helen Yardley, hand-tufted in the UK from 100% new wool

Introducing a rug to an interior brings texture, colour, design and personality to any space. It will focus the eye and comfort the feet. Depending on the rug, it might pull together an overall interior aesthetic, or provide a significant visual exclamation point for an otherwise quiet room.

Force Cerise (detail), hand-tufted in the UK from 100% new wool

Force Cerise rug (detail), by Helen Yardley, hand-tufted in the UK from 100% new wool

Some of the rugs that will be on show at The Ruthin Craft Centre are entirely made by designer makers, and for others design and production are separated. Both types of rugs will be showcased; but for the latter rugs made using ethical production methods, these have been declared at the source.

Zumba rug, hand-knotted in Nepal, wool and bamboo silk, 1.80 x 2.50m

Zumba rug, by Helen Yardley, hand-knotted in Nepal, wool and bamboo silk, 1.80 x 2.50m

This exhibition is a reminder that underfoot, or on a wall, rugs remain as vibrant and relevant as any other craft medium. For this reason, The Ruthin Craft Centre have chosen to use the word rug (instead of carpet) as they feel it talks to craft production and the smaller domestic setting in a way that ‘carpet’ does not.

Zumba rug (detail), hand-knotted in Nepal, wool and bamboo silk, 1.80 x 2.50m

Zumba rug (detail), by Helen Yardley, hand-knotted in Nepal, wool and bamboo silk, 1.80 x 2.50m

Featuring designer makers from all over the UK, this exhibition will present a striking, colourful and inspiring overview of the contemporary rug. Makers include: Lesley Barnes, Kate Blee for Christopher Farr, Claire Gaudion, Adam Higton, Irene Infantes for Christopher Farr, Tania Johnson, Andrew Ludick for Ceadogán Rugs, Ptolemy Mann Rugs, Mourne Textiles, Patricia Murphy for Ceadogán Rugs, Alan Oliver, Angie Parker, Eleanor Pritchard for CASE, Rachel Scott, Margo Selby, Helen Steele for Ceadogán Rugs, Gunta Stölzl by Christopher Farr, Collett Zarzycki for Christopher Farr, Helen Yardley.

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