It’s difficult to believe that The Rug Company has already been around for 20 years – it seems like only yesterday that this innovative brand, which collaborates with leading fashion and product designers, was the new kid on the block.
Appropriately, to celebrate this landmark anniversary, the company has launched a special collection of rugs by leading fashion designers Paul Smith, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, iconic interior designer Kelly Wearstler and co-founder of The Rug Company, Suzanne Sharp.
The new rugs were launched in September at the annual London Design Festival, and are a fitting celebration of The Rug Company’s heritage of combining exceptional craftsmanship with creative inspiration from some of the most talented designers in the world.
We especially love the Chiaroscuro design by Alexander McQueen, a limited-edition handwoven Aubusson rug that features a dramatic floral motif and captures the brand’s otherworldly yet timeless vision. The Festival rug is instantly recognisable as the work of Sir Paul Smith – and gives his classic stripe a contemporary twist with intersections and overlays. And Vivienne Westwood’s irresistible Highland rug continues her long-standing exploration of Scotland and its traditional fabrics: it sports a special tartan that was originally designed for Westwood’s 2007 Gold Label collection, entitled Wake Up Cave Girl.
Having been launched alongside inspiring photographs by artists including Mary McCartney, which feature the designers in their creative spaces, the Anniversary collection rugs will now tour The Rug Company’s showrooms worldwide, and are also available to purchase. Each piece is woven entirely by hand, by craftsmen using age-old weaving techniques and the finest natural yarns, and they can also be custom-ordered to suit a client’s specific requirements.