In this Nine to Know, we explore an edit of contemporary rugs that are an expression of their designer and maker.
‘Sense of Place’ was explored throughout est magazine issue #45, uncovering how it’s often established through the personal details and objects in our homes. The nine rugs in this edit are central to this theme, as they carry the story of the designer, artisan and country of origin while embarking on a new story as they enter the home.
The Terra rug in Moss is part of a collaboration between Armadillo and UK design studio House of Grey, handcrafted from fine jute. Led by designer Louisa Grey, the rug reflects a mutual focus on the principles of circular Salutogenic design.
The ACDO Plastic Rivers Indus rug was created for GAN rugs by designer Álvaro Catalán de Ocón as a clear call to action against global pollution. Winner of the Rossana Orlandi Plastic Prize in 2021, the rug seeks to raise awareness for the growing amount of plastic ending up in waterways, oceans and rivers.
Giulia Ferraris lifted inspiration from ‘exotic architectonic landscapes’ when designing the Karpeta Acapo flat weave rug. Different textural techniques of layering wool and linen come together to emphasise a handcrafted feel.
Nanimarquina’s Flora Bloom 1 rug uses colour in a way that reaches beyond decoration and into a deeper meaning. Barcelona artist Santi Moix explores the parallelism between life and death, specifically the wilting and blooming of a flower.
Dutch textile designer Mae Engelgeer designed the Ultimate Bliss Big rug for cc-tapis. Its abstract shape and colour speak loudly from the floor, while variation in smoothness between pure silk, cotton weave and Himalayan Wool creates a sculptural, dimensional effect.
The GAN Crystal is an illusionary rug designed by Charlotte Lancelot. It features an overlap of shaded circles in varying gradients of colour; mimicking the transparency and fragility of glass with soft wool.
For their cc-tapis Cinquecento Mazzolino rug, Studio Klass drew on masterpieces by Italian Renaissance artists such as Domenico Veneziano, Ludovico Mazzolino and Giovanni Bellini, taking cues from the use of perspective in their work.
Mural painter Claudia Valsells shifted mediums to design the Tones 2 Kilim rug for Nanimarquina. With a focus on the meaning and expression behind colour, this rug features harmonious shades reminiscent of musical notes.
Halcyon Lake‘sJalrez rug invokes a sense of calm through blue, yellow and brown tones. It is part of the Form & Function collection that features symbols from various places across the globe including Asia and Africa, expressed with ethnographic sensibility.