By Lotte Brouwer published
1. TEAM EFFORT
Fancy a riot of colour and pattern beneath your feet? Look no further than Floor Story, which joins forces with offbeat designers to create exuberant rugs.Available in a choice of colours, the handwoven wool pattern was inspired by the lengthening and shortening daylight hours.
Shownis Solstice, from £295 for 120x180cm, by Glasgow-based Laura Spring, floorstory.co.uk.
1. ROUND THE TWIST
Underfoot statements don’t come better or brighter than Patricia Urquiola’s latest rug collection for cc-tapis. Not to be confused with the plastic children’s toy, each Slinkie design features graduating bands of colour spiralled across a blend of silk and wool.
2. CALIFORNIA COOL
Fans of clean, mid-century lines should check out The Rug Company’s Endurance collection. Taking its inspiration from Palm Springs’ Fifties architecture, its 12 flatweave rugs feature interlocking grid patterns, understated stripes and abstract graphics. Unique manufacturing techniques mean they’re fade- and stain-resistant and suitable for indoor and outdoor use. High style whatever the weather.
3. STORMY WEATHER
Good news for those who like their furnishings to come with the gravitas of a Caravaggio painting. Rug master Jan Kath’s Cloud series draws inspiration from Baroque skyscapes, spanning biblical lightning bolts and painterly skies.
Considering each is hand-spun from Tibetan wool and silk, this collection is set to cause quite the storm…
4. SITTING PRETTY
Think of Patricia Urquiola’s Garden Layers as a collection that fuses the designer’s uniquely colourful Spanish eye with the Indian tradition of kicking back and relaxing on the floor. Designed for textile brand Gan and dropping at Woven just in time for summer, its 15 outdoor rugs fuseearthy palettes in terracotta, blue and moss green across checks,tartans and dogtooth-style prints that look best layered.
5. NEW HORIZONS
Queen of carpets Deirdre Dyson has launched her 2018 Horizons collection and, boy, does it go big. The five designs – depicting sea and skyscapes, with colour grading techniques that capture natural light – are hand-knotted and tufted in Chinese silk and Tibetan wool and they measure up to seven metres wide.
Livingetc saw them pinned up as wall hangings, which looked every bit as chic.
6. RETRO STRIPES
Looking to add a little Seventies feel to your interiors? Go for slim stripes in a palette of classic shades. Crucial Trading has perfected the look with its 100-per-cent wool Spirit collection, featuring all-flattering, room-lengthening carpets with design names every bit as evocative. Choose from Red Passion, Amber Glow and Black Coffee, pictured.
7. NORDIC TOUCH
A carpet with just the right look and feel for summer? Kersaint Cobb’s Pampas Nordic Stripe. Its Scandinavian palette of soft taupes and greys (in shades Denmark, Sweden and Osterøy) keeps floors light and airy, with a smart stripe and linear loop weave adding texture. It’s the kind of floor you don’t feel too put out about having to vacuum every day.
8. KEY TO SUCCESS
First impressions count, which means style statements should start in the hallway. Carpetright’s Columbus Greek Key design goes brave and bold – nodding to the geometric/monochrome/world-traveller trends all at once. Team with neutral shades and simple furniture for full-on impact.
See also: 8 A/W ways to dress your walls
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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