Collab Alert: Abigail Ahern X Roger Oates Design

Roger Oates' signature stripe runners and rugs have been given a moody, masculine-chic makeover...

Queen of the dark side Abigail Ahern lends her masculine style to textiles once again, this time in the form of moody flat-weave rugs and runners.

Having just collaborated with Hillary’s on a dark and dramatic curtains and blinds collection, Abigail Ahern is seducing us with her daring palette once again.

Teaming up with rug-and-runner maestro Roger Oates, Abigail Ahern applied her signature masculine palette to create a capsule flatweave flooring collection for Autumn 2018.

Known for breaking the rules and for using unexpected shots of colour, Abigail Ahern applied her ‘don’t be afraid of the dark’ mantra to Roger Oates’ flat-weaves, using an edit of blacks, greys and plums.

The new collection retains Roger Oates’ recognisable look but adds a darker, deeper, intense colour element.

The reined-in colour palette and subtle texture of the flatweave rugs is a solid foundation from which to create a dramatic atmosphere.

The collaboration came about when the Head of Design at Roger Oates Design, Andy Guard, met Abigail to discuss bespoke colours.

Inspired by the subtle shades and depth of tone of the Roger Oates yarn, Ahern immediately honed-in on a very particular section of the palette bearing a striking resemblance to her own sultry paint hues.

She was also fascinated by endless variety of designs achievable using a simple stripe, as well as the texture that flatweave offers; woven on traditional looms, flatweave is more akin to a heavy fabric than a carpet.

‘The quality of the wool adds the most perfect luxurious touch to any hall or staircase and makes this space so much more than somewhere to just drop off your keys and walk through. I now actually want to linger longer in mine, it’s the biggest game changer for hallways.’

Having selected the colours and patterns together it was down to Andy Guard to develop the designs on a hand loom before the final designs were selected.

The new capsule collection comprises four designs in existing colours from the Roger Oates yarn chain, woven to create an entirely different moody ambiance.

A combination of dark jewel tones against an ebony herringbone backdrop transform the Masai Smoke tribal design into something rich and indulgent.

Masai Smoke

The classic Malton Cinder design has been given a new twist by substituting the original neutral highlight with a rich plum shade…

Malton Cinder

…While the Fitzroy Rosebriar consists of a softer herringbone stripe with a rich border.

Fitzroy Rosebriar

Kobe Plum has been re-worked with an unusual dark weft, drawing out the saturated colours found in the warp as well as highlighting the flecks of antique rose and plum.

Kobe Plum

Roger Oates will also be unveiling a collection of cushions and upholstered benches in the four designs for late autumn…

Rectangular Fitzroy cushions £105, Square Kobe Cushion £140

… As well as matching travel bags.

Masai Travel Bag £410, Malton Bench £560 or Malton Travel Bag £410

Find the collection on rogeroates.com; £129 per metre.

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