Tag Archives: Carpets & Rugs

As the late Postmodern architect Robert Venturi once said: “less is a bore”. These days, highly individual interiors keep adding, layer on layer: artfully clashing patterns, unusual surface finishes from flocking to foil, and an abundance of finishing touches such as trimmings, lamps and decorative objects all contribute to a feast for the senses. Create an environment that surprises and stands out from the crowd with (pictured from top): bespoke rug (The Breakers, Adam Tihany) for Sacco Carpet; ‘Grace’ sideboard buffet, Oficina Inglesa Furniture; ‘Quadrate’ lamp base with ‘Bongo’ shade, Porta Romana; and ‘Rio Madera’ wallcovering by Casamance, from Colony.

Colony, Second Floor, Centre Dome
Oficina Inglesa Furniture, Third Floor, Design Centre East
Porta Romana, Ground Floor, Centre & South Domes
Sacco Carpet, Third Floor, Design Centre East




Old has never looked so right now, as we look to heritage and tradition to ground us and make sense of a fast-paced world. Just as the Burberry trenchcoat is subtly reinvented season after season, designers are showing their appreciation for what has gone before, but nearly always with a twist that makes the pieces right for today. The clean lines, symmetry and sophisticated palette of Art Deco are a big theme in everything from tiles to lighting, while the highly stylised flowers of Ottoman textiles – updated with non-traditional colour palettes – is another thread. In furniture, designers seek to reinvent a classic by upping the scale or adding a new finish.

Pictured (top to bottom) are a ‘Block’ rug from Birgit Israel; ‘Ritz Harlequin’ mosaic tiles from Artisans of Devizes; a ‘Scarsdale’ console from Davidson; ‘Bursa’ fabric by Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd; and a ‘Strauss’ pendant from Wired Custom Lighting.

Birgit Israel, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Artisans of Devizes, Third Floor, Design Centre East
Davidson, First Floor, South Dome
Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd, Second Floor, South Dome
Wired Custom Lighting, Ground Floor, North Dome (pop up)

Paint-box brights bring a sense of hope and confidence to interiors, but bold, playful colours shouldn’t equal a lack of sophistication – these are approachable, mature and chic. Whether used as accents or all-over for a saturating effect, colours such as pink, teal and orange are very powerful, with an irresistible vivacity. Texture and colour are inseparable, with saturated velvets the choice of many fabric houses. Bright hues not quite your thing? There are also pretty pastels and gelato colours, pitch-perfect for spring – soft pink, parma violet, lemon sorbet and pistachio.

Pictured (top to bottom) are ‘Cristobal’ (background) and ‘Goldfinger’ (on chair) fabrics by Rubelli Venezia from Rubelli/Donghia; bespoke button designs by Wendy Cushing Passementerie from Jason D’Souza; ‘Butterfly’ carpets from Tim Page Carpets; a ‘Moreau’ cabinet from Julian Chichester; and ‘Happy Colours’ fabrics by Création Baumann.

Rubelli/Donghia, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Jason D’Souza, First Floor, Centre Dome
Tim Page Carpets, Ground Floor, Centre Dome
Julian Chichester, Ground Floor, Centre Dome
Création Baumann, First Floor, Design Centre East

Bring nature indoors with birdlife – feathers, eggs and all – and other native creatures. A soothing palette of duck egg, turquoise and soft grey brings calm, serenity and comfort.

From left to right: ‘Gesso’ vase with handles and ‘Gesso Seated Bird’, both Julian Chichester.Deco Monobloc’ lever basin mixer, silver, Perrin & Rowe. ‘Satin Nickel’ finial (F298), McKinney & Co. ‘Mini Orbit’ pendant light, Porta Romana. Solid/horizontal bands Perspex’ (GP12), ‘Solid Perspex’ (GP6) and ‘Solid Bubble Perspex’ (GP10) curtain poles, all McKinney & Co.  Wallcoverings from left to right: ‘Greenhouse’ (143-138 894), Brian Yates. ‘Tempest’ (WTEM-183), Quercus & Co. at George Spencer Designs. ‘Estrella’, jade, Galbraith & Paul at Tissus D’Hélène. Fabrics from left to right: ‘Dune Hares’ (226436), Sanderson at Style Library. ‘Single Stripe’, Madder Cutch & Co and ‘Elsewhere’ (42180),  Madeaux, both at Tissus D’Hélène. Paints from left to right: ‘Horizon Grey’ and ‘High Sea’, Sanderson at Style Library; ‘Frost’, Zoffany at Style Library; ‘Cosmic Grey’, Sanderson at Style Library; ‘Dufour’, Zoffany at Style Library; pencil tips; ‘High Sea’, Sanderson at Style Library, ‘Dufour’, Zoffany at Style Library and ‘Horizon Grey’, Sanderson at Style Library; scissors, paint brush, pencil stems and paint roller, ‘Architects White’, Zoffany at Style Library.

Left to right, top to bottom: ‘Reunion’ fabric (T9064|02), Weitzner at Altfield. ‘Fairfield’ wallcovering (AT79142) and ‘Davis Dot’ wallcovering (AT79163), both Anna French at Jacaranda Carpets. ‘Vyne Silk’ fabric (31625/06), James Hare at Marvic Textiles. ‘Square Perspex’ curtain ring (R17), McKinney & Co. ‘Sea Cliff Diamond’ carpet sample, (14340), Holland & Sherry. Carpet tufts: (ESR017-10732X(12), ‘Verdigris’ (ESR-15-7480(6) and ‘Peninsula’ (ESR-16-2895(8), all Tai Ping. ‘Hudson Striped’ border (BT-57677), Samuel & Sons. Paints: ‘Dufour’ and ‘Frost’, both Zoffany at Style Library, ‘High Sea’, Sanderson at Style Library. ‘Pine Cone’ fabric, Madder Cutch & Co at Tissus D’Hélène. ‘Lindos’ fabric (2233/04) No. 9 Thompson at Jim Thompson. ‘Vyne Silk’ fabric (31625/08), James Hare at Marvic Textiles


Tai Ping Fernando Mastrangelo rug

Fernando Mastrangelo’s sculptural work, elevating every day materials such as salt and sand into works of art, has garnered much attention recently. The same spirit of consideration can be seen in his new Reverence rug collection for Edward Fields, available at Tai Ping.

“I wanted it to articulate the visual language of nature and to convey a sense of wonder and respect for our physical world,” he says. The landscape-inspired pieces crack, break and flow to suggest a kind of realism that floats between abstraction and photography, watercolour and pastels. Meticulously hand sculpted by artisans, this ‘Fracture 1’ rug references the beauty of canyons.

Tai Ping, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East


Artwork once found in a gallery is now durable enough to survive the messiness of modern life. American abstract artist Sam Glankoff’s work has been translated into a hand-knotted rug using solution-dyed acrylic yarn; called ‘Visionary’, the piece faithfully details the artist’s subtle colour blends and technique of using overlapping panels of paper. Find out more at Sutherland Perennials Studio.

Sutherland Perennials Studio, Second Floor, North Dome

Rocks, minerals and semi-precious stones make for a distinctly elemental take on design: the palette is earthy, shot through with jewel tones such as lapis lazuli and amethyst. Explore the geological trend via products such as Tai Ping’s ‘Density’ rug (pictured top), and Wired Custom Lighting’s ‘Machine’ chandelier (pictured centre), whose rough-hewn crystals are a contemporary alternative to cut-glass drops. The Silk Gallery’s ‘Earth’ fabric (pictured bottom) has a beautifully delicate appearance, with an enigmatic pattern that looks like cracked earth or flaked bark.

The Silk Gallery, Ground Floor, Centre Dome
Tai Ping, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East
Wired Custom Lighting, Second Floor, Centre Dome