Archive for May, 2010

New and Innovative Bespoke Rugs

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Modern rugs can make a room feel homely and comfortable whilst adding taste to a room, much like owning a large rug by Henzel of Sweden. They excel in colour and art but also being practical- Henzel wool is durable and resilient but is also comfortable and safe. Henzel use the purest, cleanest, wool from New Zealand. The Henzel Studio is based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Their primary aim is to design and manufacture individual pieces of great originality.

NEL, an evolving collective of Mexican designers, commissioned this bespoke rug by Spanish rug and carpet company Nanimarquina. The large rug, aptly name Global Warming contrasts the comfort and softness of a bespoke rug with a thorny problem that is specific to our time. Following the age-old tradition of using wool rugs as a means for communication and a cultural record, NEL is portraying global warming in a scene that invites us to reflect on our impact on today’s world.

Every floor should have a bespoke rug

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

As I flick through many of the vogues and other fashion editorials I have sprawled in front of me I notice that every floor in every house that they feature have at least one rug on it. Many of the floors are tiled intricately with a persian, hand woven shaggy rug or sheepskin placed strategically on top. In the March 2008 edition of Vogue there is an article about a Normandy holiday home owned by Clarissa and Mike Pilkington, that was turned from rags to riches in just under 5 years.

Every one of their tiled or wooden floors is covered in one rug or even two. A top of these beautifully crafted persian and bespoke rugs is an antique table with trinket boxes filled to the brim with rose petals and broken jewellery. Even when the family leave for the beach they pack an old rug to sit on. Most of their hand crafted rugs are found in antique stores or flea markets, though a few are made especially for their holiday home.

Rug Designs – Chapter 2

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Distortions can be introduced by exaggerating or simplifying the object by using colours and proportions that are not natural. Geometric designs are designs created in circles, squares, ovals, rectangles, ellipses and other geometrical forms. Lastly, abstract designs have little or no reference to real objects. Often they are geometric but are less rigid. Designs have one or more motifs distinctive and recurring forms, shapes and figures. The colour photographs of fabric in this chapter show realistic and stylised designs using flowers as the motif. Fabric designs do not always fall neatly into one of these four categories. They may have elements of two or three of the categories.
The language of fabric designs also includes words such as toile de Jouy, calico, rococo, and barque (broque). Toile de Jouy indicates that the design is a pastoral or historical scene presented like pen and ink drawing using one colour on a white or off white rug. Calico describes a rug with small flowers over the entire serface. Rococo designs consist of motifs of delicate, pastel flowers (natural or stylised) with some oriental influence presented in the style of 18th century French fabrics. Barque designs use leafy prints, foliage, flowers, and fruit motifs as well as full, flowering curved lines in the style of 17th century Italian fabrics.

Rug Designs – Chapter 1

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Rug Designers search endlessly for that new concept in pattern, that exquisite variation that gives their rug that special effect. The trend setters for rug designs are found in atliers of Europe. Atliers are professional studios in which a number of designers or colourists gather to produce new designs. These designs are purchased as drawings that, in the majority of cases, are modified by the in-house designers who tailor the more generalised remittal of the original designers to fit the market requirements and production capabilities of the textile printers.
Designs can be grouped in four categories. Realistic or naturalistic designs depict real objects – human, animal, plants, or other projects – in natural manner. Stylised designs distort real objects, but the original source of the inspiration of the artists is still obvious.

Give your floor a modern rug

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Give your floors something to shout about with our super cool range of wool rugs

Forget drab, booring and dreary – homes deserve much better this season and what better way to add colour and pattern to the home than using stylish and affordable rug where you decide the colours for each of the patterns.


See modern rugs for 70s graphic design; right Peacock design. Both from £129 for a 1.2 x1.8m rug

Rug Designer has a wide choice of patterns to choose from, from retro to graphic, classic to contemporary – there’s something for everyone.

The choices are endless when it comes to colour, as every rug from Rug Designer can be transformed to suit your scheme with a stylish colour palette of 24 great shades and a colour macthing service.

Plus, Rug Designer takes all the head ache out of designing your own bespoke rug with the easy-to-use software and online demonstration to guide you through each step, getting the rug of your dreams is easy. 

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Notes to editors:

·         Rugs are made to order and delivery is 4-5 weeks or for an additional £100 per rug, customers can get an express 3 week delivery option.

·         Colour samples and rug swatches are available on request.

·         There is a wide range of imagery (both lifestyle and cut out) available.

·         Rugs in the clearance section of the website can be loaned for shoots and be delivered direct to your office or shoot location within two days.

·         Stockists details: 0115 8752408

Rug Colours and Dying processes

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Most colour effects can be achieved in several different ways. As an example, a solid coloured fabric could be made by dying loose fibre in a single colour, spinning that fibre into yarn and using that yarn to tuft rugs. However the same fabric could be made by immersing white yarn into the dyebath and using that yarn to form the fabric.
Likewise a heather could be made by dyeing two batches of loose fibre different colours and blending the fibres before spinning the yarn, but it might also be achieved by immersing a blended fabric containing fibres with different dying behaviours into a dye bath that contains dyes from different dye classes.
The textile material being dyed, can be the product of any stage in the formation of the textile from loose fibre to end use item. The type of dying equipment used depends on the material. The dye can be circulated within the equipment while the textile can be moved through a stationary dyebath, or both can be circulated.
As a rule, when the same colour effect can be achieved at different stages of manufacture, the material closest to completion of the product is immersed in a dyebath.

Rug Manufacturing Methods – Chapter 2

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Using either strips of cloth or yarn, you work from the back side of the pattern with the punch tool. The Monk’s cloth backing is stretched on to a frame tightly. Every time you punch the needle down through the backing, on the right side of the rug it makes a long thread. Then, as the needle is lifted, it automatically makes it into a loop. These loops pack together to create a rug so solid that clawing cats and chewing dogs are its only enemy. As long as you use the tool correctly, it will automatically make all the loops the same length.
Often referred to as “speed hooking”, this method of rug hooking is loved for its ease and speed.
Proddy rugs are made, as the name implies, by poking or prodding strips of fabric through linen or burlap from the back side. Rag rugs made this way have many names; stobbies, pricked, clippies, proddies, in Scotland they are called clootie mats and in Northumberland they are called proggy mats,. They were often made for more utilitarian use such as by the backdoor; their pile hiding dirt well.
Machine-made and hand made. Woven rugs include both flat rugs (for example kilims) and pile rugs.

Rug Manufacturing Methods – Chapter 1

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Rag Rugs
Rag rugs used to be a cheap way in the middle of the 20th century of having a rug and are made by using odd scraps of fabric on a background of old sacking.

Braided rugs are made by using two, three or more strips of fabric, most of the time from wool, folding the raw edges to the middle and braiding them together. For an oval rug the center braid would be one inch longer than the width. example 2 foot by 4 foot rug center strip would be 2’2″ long. The center braid is laced together and new strips are sewn on to make the braid longer as lacing continues.
Rug hooking is a craft where rugs are made by pulling loops of yarn through a stiff woven base such as cotton, rug warp or monks cloth. The loops are pulled through the backing material by using a latch hook mounted in a handle.