The new 'Gallery' collection by Roger Oates

Thought you had run out of space for more art? Well, the floor is the latest area to be treated to an artistic show. Okay, so we're not talking actual paintings here, but rather modern art inspiredpatterns for under your feet.

Inspired by the likes of leading artists such as Agnes Martin, Howard Hodgkin and Barnett Newman, the new 'Gallery' rugs and runners collection by Roger Oates weaves in the colours and geometric patterns that have been shaking up London's art scene.

The 14 new eye-catching designs draw on the qualityand breadth of recent exhibitions, from the geometric drawings of Agnes Martin at theTate, through the vivid flowing colours of Howard Hodgkin at the Portrait Gallery, to Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy where Barnett Newman managed to wow with just two colours and three stripes.

And although they arerooted in traditional interior colours, the rugs and runners have a contemporary twist with a modern take on timeless stripes.

The collection comprises four designs:


Here, bold multi-width stripes in complementary tones balance each other across the breadth of the runner, creating a generous 1.2 metre pattern repeat when joined together to create a rug. Thepattern comes in French Grey, featuring blue green tones, or the lighter Fraise whichmixes similar blue grey tones with a playful bright, but soft pink.


Vernon was a favouritedesign from the archives that has been updated in style from a rib to a herringbone structure in six new colours; Teal (pictured above), Soft Red, Croft Blue, Lichen (multi coloured), Slate and Chalk.

The 100% wool flatweave runners are either 60cm or 70cm wide and are ideal for stairs, adding colour and texture and creating a lasting impression to entrancehalls.


Hayward and Fairfax (named after the galleries of the same name)take their linear roots from Agnes Martin's grid canvasses, the simple stripe and grid patterns mathematically calculated to be pleasing to the eye. BothHayward and Fairfax share the same construction and ground colouring, but withFairfax the stripes are evenly spread across the runner width whilst in Hayward the stripes have been swept to the edges.The two designs would work well together withHayward on stairs and Fairfax on landings and as rugs.

The designs are available in three colour ways: Prussian is a neutral ground with stripes of warm indigo and grey blues, Garnet is a modern, dramatic red with a hint of pink interspersed with neutral stripes and Prism, a soft dove grey with fine bright multi-colour lines.

All of the designs are £129 per linear metre. Available from

Lotte Brouwer

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