Plenty of new ideas to showcase at Decorex

We’ll be making a splash at Decorex International 2017 with rugs from our new designer rug collections. All five of our external design partners will have a rug on display in a series of panels running round the stand.

It’s all about design collaborations

Decorex is the UK’s only trade show for high-end interior design. This year it takes place at Syon Park in London from 17 to 20 September. Since it’s the show’s 40th year, the organisers will be celebrating by exploring 40 years of design collaborations. By a happy coincidence, we too will be celebrating design collaborations on this, our third time as an exhibitor.

Our collaborators are the five external design teams who have contributed their ideas to our Rug Couture designer rug collections. To show their work at its best, we’ll be putting one rug from each design team on a plain white wall panel. It’s a chance for you to get up close to examine the detail in the designs and the quality of the New Zealand wool that we use to make them.

Rugs, creative software, and colour swatches

There’ll be much more to keep you interested when you visit. We’ll have samples of all our rug styles and qualities – including our new flatweave rugs – a full box of 480 colour swatches, and a giant touch screen for anyone who fancies a moment or two of instant online rug design.

Morning Meadow by AJ as part of the Definitive Collection will be featured on the Rug Couture stand (E56)

If Decorex is in your diary for September, we’ll be at Stand E56. See you there.

Visit Decorex 2017

Great design now comes in soft rolls of wool

Sometimes it takes a soft material to make a hard point. Designers who work with textiles know that there’s so much more you can do with wool and other fabrics. Which is why art galleries across the world are displaying more textiles than ever.

In April, the eighth edition of Ventura Lambrate in Milan showed a project called Caixal, a series of geometric flatweaves in fine merino wool from the Spanish creative team, Formabesta. The three designers behind this Galician partnership have backgrounds in fine art and carpentry. You can see the art and the carpentry in the intriguing geometry and precise hardwood frames, but it’s the wool that brings their ideas to life. Like many other modern designers, they’ve found an expressive new medium in textiles.

Other designers are raiding their archives for ideas. Old fabrics, patterns, and haberdashery were the inspiration behind Faye Toogood’s rugs for cc-Tapis, a Milan-based rug supplier.

And a few creatives are blending old with new to create something entirely unexpected. At a 2016 event in London’s Clerkenwell, Adam Blencowe and Marine Duroselle showed a collection of rugs created through a new technique known as Fuzzy Logic. Fuzzy Logic blends felting with modern technology to create a series of soft rugs featuring bright checks and squares.

The softly, softly mood that’s sweeping through the design community has inspired a blast of creativity here at Rug Couture. Many of the designers behind our own designer range come from non-textile backgrounds. This influx of designers has been great for the rug and carpet industry. It’s brought new ideas and a fresh viewpoint to a medium that’s so fundamental to modern life, it deserves to be at the forefront of contemporary design.

To see what outside designers have created for Rug Couture, check out our designer range.