Paul Smith and The Rug Company Weave Magic

BY Ayesha Shaikh / Apr 17 2017 / 14:24 PM

For one of the company's latest collaborations with well-known creatives, the British designer has created a range featuring both his signature stripes and more muted prints to be launched this fall

Paul Smith and The Rug Company Weave Magic
'Carnival Pale'
Paul Smith and The Rug Company Weave Magic
'Albermarle' takes a cue from the cast-iron façade and industrial detailing of Paul Smith's store in Mayfair, London.

Paul Smith joined forces with The Rug Company to roll out an exquisite new range of rugs at this year’s Milan Design Week. Previewed at Paul Smith’s Via Manzoni showroom and to be launched this fall, the collection features eclectic patterns and varied colours, common to the British brand’s design aesthetics.

The designer draws inspiration from past and present for the collection, from the childhood memory of riding a flying carpet at the exotic Royal Pavilion in Brighton, and his industrial cool store in Mayfair, London. In fact, the Albemarle rug is named after the Mayfair street where Paul’s shop is located and takes a cue from the cast-iron façade and industrial detailing of the store, both intricate and understated. The muted steel grey and simple pattern of the woollen rug with hand-spun silk yarn makes it an unfussy piece for a modern living space.

In contrast, the classic Paul Smith multi-coloured stripes of Overlay are bold but not overly busy, the runner featuring pinks, purples and yellows to enliven a hall or staircase. Also available is Carnival Pale, again in Paul’s signature stripes. This layered piece in 52 different pastel hues, each created exclusively for the rug, doesn’t shout to be heard, the medley of subtly different shades humming against each other, fitting easily into most colour schemes.

The collection also comprises two hand-woven needlepoint cushions in subtle colours, once again toying with clean patterns, and all the pieces are hand-spun by The Rug Company’s weavers in Nepal.

For more information visit therugcompany.com