Rugs don’t have to make a big statement to be beautiful – many of the best rugs are designed to be subtle, with one concept differentiating it from the crowd. These five new rug ranges are made from a range of materials and with a variety of design ideas, all of which are successful in their originality and soft concept.
1. Armadillo&Co is an Australian company, founded by Jodie Fried and Sally Pottharst, producing hand-made, fair trade and sustainable rugs. As well as benefiting from the long tradition that their weavers in India, Nepal and Pakistan bring to these hand-knotted rugs, Armadillo&Co is also committed to social responsibility, supporting their weavers’ communities through building schools and other social programs. More on Armadillo&Co
2. Danskina is a Dutch rug brand whose rugs are made in the Netherlands, Scotland, Germany, Nepal and India. In 2013, Dutch designer Hella Jongerius was appointed Design Director and, since then, she has designed several rugs, including Cross Collection, a highly graphic rug that features edges eaten away that allow for a visual interaction between the rug and the floor below. More on Danskina available in Australia from Kvadrat Maharam and Hub Furniture
3. Designer Rugs is an Australian brand which has specialised in collaborations with artists and designers, including a number of famous names. Their latest collection is designed in collaboration with Petrina Turner, an interior designer who started her career as a designer at Designer Rugs. Of the four collections released this year (Evelyn, High Tea, Mavis, Purls of Wisdom), the High Tea rug caught my imagination – the pattern is inspired by cross stitch patterns. More on Designer Rugs
4. Modern Scandinavian design shop Muuto has released a new collection called Ply designed by Danish textile and colour designer Margarethe Odgaard. Like much of the Finnish brand’s collection, the design is understated, with a subtle zigzag pattern and broken twill structure, made with NZ wool. The name Muuto comes from muutos meaning new perspective in Finnish. More on Muuto available in Australia from Living Edge, Top 3 By Design, Nordic Fusion, Huset and Kiltos Living by Design
5. Tappeti is a Sydney-based rug brand run by Karinna Gobbo who is also the NSW President and National Director of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Pictured here in Cobalt, the Erased Antiques range features an aged vintage design and can be made using New Zealand wool, art silk, hemp, cactus, nettle or pashmina fibre. By contrast, the Arabesque Collezione, also pictured, is inspired by the geometric patterning of North Africa and the Middle East. More on Tappeti