How to create a summery home

As the weather is beginning to warm up, we are spending more and more time outdoors. When it is finally time to go home, it is nice to come back to an equally summery house.

A summer aesthetic is not always just about bright colours; it is how you pair colours together. Combining warm and cold hues in ways to emphasise warm and sunny days. Adding elements of nature through natural fibres, flowers or plants. Here are our top 3 summer trends you can incorporate into your home.

Florals and plants are always a popular trend throughout summer. Bring the outdoors inside with large-scale botanicals from Sanderson. The combination of rich green foliage with dark wood will create an exotic yet rustic style. Try adding an off white through furniture or accessories to contrast with the dark wood and to create a modern twist. 

If you like the natural look of the basket woven and raffia chairs in the image above why not look at a jute or sisal rug. These hardwearing natural fibres are versatile, going with lots of different colours and an effortless way of adding texture to your home.

Whilst we are talking about plants we cannot forget florals. Although admittedly they are not for everyone they are still a classic staple for summer interior design. Whether you add them literally through bouquets handpicked from the garden or through bold motifs on cushions, rugs or curtains it will immediately make your room feel like summer.

This example by Blue Bell Gray shows how colour accents can transform a room. They painted chair and door emphasises the green and yellow tones creating a playful character.

Especially if you like by the sea, your house might have a seaside feel to it. One other summer trend is nautical. Stripes are probably the easiest to incorporate into your home. These can be large scale and bold or subtler lines. Whichever you choose will add a seaside charm. 

Along with the sea you will also find battered boats with scratched off paint and discarded fishing nets. Ombrés, and distressed textures have been inspirational for designers for a couple of years. Worn away textures are developed into organic patterns through different textures of yearn, transforming something that was once old and worn into a new and modern design. 

Fishing nets can be portrayed in geometric patterns or quite literally as seen in Ella Doran's digitally printed cushions. 

As you can see from the last three images blue can be a dominating colour when thinking about the sea. Why not combine with a red to get that real nautical feel.

Relaxing is what summer is all about, whether you are lounging in the parks, on the beach or stretched out at home. Comfort is everything so big cushions or poufs are a must. Perfect to relax on with a group of friends or family.

See below a collection of GAN poufs. 

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Katie Charleson's Interview

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing print designer Katie Charleson; her colourful botanical designs are screen printed by hand in her South London Studio.

Woven: First of all when did you become interested in Textiles?

Katie: I’ve always been into Art, loved it at school and did it at high school, but I thought I wanted to do fashion. I went to a little Art school called Leith School of Art and did a foundation there. We did more textile-based stuff there and I came around to the idea that actually Textiles would be more fun and creative. Fashion is great as well but I always found manipulating fabric and sewing really interesting. And then I got into Glasgow. (Glasgow School of Art)

 

Woven: Do have any favourite artists or textile designers?

Katie: So my favourite Textile designers at the moment are…I mentioned earlier Claire de Quénetain who’s work is beautiful, she does fabrics for interiors and she is an RCA graduate, I really like Laura Slater’s kind of work her abstractions are really interesting

 

Woven: Yes I’ve seen Laura Slater’s work, quite graphic

Katie: yeah she’s from up north I think Leeds or somewhere like that. In terms of favourite artist, I don’t think I have any up on my wall at the moment. I should really amend that. I like a mixture of things but it is usually abstract work that I’m interested in, quite gestural. I’ve been looking at a lot of Agnes Martin recently so I should get some of her work up on the wall.

 

Woven: A lot of your products that we have here at Woven are floral or botanical is that a personal interest to you?

Katie: Yes…I don’t know what happened. When I was at Art school, when I was at Glasgow I didn’t do any florals at all, I didn’t do plants. I was like eugh florals I will never do florals. A couple of years later I started drawing flowers and they sort of crept into my work, my own work. I think I was working for different companies at the time and they were always after florals. Then it started to creep into my own work and now I love it!

Woven: Your stuck!

Katie: Yeah, I spend a lot of time at kew gardens I just love being in nature, I am from rural Scotland as well so any excuse to get out in the fresh air.

 

Woven: Of course. Your prints have an illustrative feel to them, is drawing an important process in your work?

Katie: Yeah definitely, I always draw everything by hand a print will always start as a painting. I do watercolour stuff as well so I usually start from that sort of thing, I pair it down a bit so it is more illustrative and graphic as screen-printing usually works the best like that. Unless you want to do a ten layer extremely complicated print. Yeah it’s really important, it’s definitely the part I really like doing. I’ve just started learning how to use a Wacom as well, you know like the tablets for drawing.

Woven: Yeah

Katie: So that could be an interesting step forward as well but I think its always going to start with me physically drawing.

 

Woven: Is all your work hand screen-printed or do you do any digital?

Katie: Yeah, I do design Fashion prints for some small UK based labels, just really loyal clients that have been with me since the beginning they usually get my stuff digitally printed because it usually tends to be a bit more watercoloury. Digital printing is the best kind of medium for that really. But for my own work everything is screen-printed.

 

Woven: In some of your cushions I’ve noticed you have a different back to the front, with contrasting patterns or textures of fabric. How do you go about deciding that?

Katie: That was like an editing process, You know when you start a collection you always end up with more prints than you actually need, maybe some aren’t as strong as others. It was just a case of paring them together, I quite like clashing textures and patterns as you can tell from my wall hahah. I’m not really one for paired back minimalism really, I wouldn’t say that my stuff is particularly garish.

 

Woven: No not at all, I guess when doing something that’s traditional like florals its nice to have a twist.

Katie: Yeah, definitely.

 

Woven: There is so much freedom that comes with printed Textiles as it can be applied to so many different contexts. Is home ware something you have always been interested in, would you ever want to try out different surfaces?

Katie: Oh yeah I would love that, I would like to start doing tiles actually, that’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while although I think that’s for after the summer. But I always thought I would work in Textiles for Fashion, and I did work in Fashion for a couple of years after I graduated. But with my own stuff when I started my own label I found you could be a bit more experimental with home wares in some ways. I think it can give you a bit more freedom of expression.  I suppose that does apply to fashion as well, I always think cushions and interiors are an investment you make into artwork. There are labels that are doing that really nicely with clothes, I don’t know, I saw my seamstress last week and she was like “You should start doing clothes” it’s a can of worms and I don’t know, so that might be coming later.

 

Woven: I think colour is so important for every Textile Designer, how do you create your colour palettes? Are there particular colours you are drawn to?

Katie: I go through phases where I will really get into a particular colour. So 2015 – 2016 I was really into cornflower blue and then last year I got really into odeneal so it is everywhere! I used it in the piping of my cushions and the borders of my throws. Its my favourite I love it, I still haven’t quite shaken it, but I think some more brighter colours are beginning to sneak in a bit. More turquoises and a bit more red than I usually use. I don’t know whether the next collection will flip on its head and go really garish. But that emerald and teal I use a lot of. Its funny because I mix my colours myself so I buy little tubs of highly concentrated colour that you mix with a binder to print with. And I always run out of blue first, and then yellow and I have this bottle of red left that I barely touch.  Apparently I love green!

 

Woven: What’s your typical workday like?

Katie: It depends what I have got on, I usually do my marketing stuff on a Monday or a Tuesday and set up my emails for the week. And then save printing for Thursday, Friday, as that’s the fun part. If I have a big run of printing things get a bit crazy as I don’t have time to tidy up sometimes, but I’m getting better at it.

 

Woven: Sustainability is definitely the future for textiles, is this something you incorporate into your work?

Katie: yeah, I mean I only use water bade mediums. I make all my stuff to order so I have full control over the amount I am making, also I keep my production very local to London or Reading is the only other workroom I use. My main seamstress just lives up in Edmonton so that means it keeps the wastefulness down and makes sense financially as well. It works for the planet and it works for me! Textiles is always going to have an element of waste as that is the nature of the product, if you can control your output of the product then it helps.

 

Woven: Whats your favourite thing about being a textile designer?

Katie: I get to print! I love printing its my favourite thing! I get to draw and do artwork. I feel very lucky because I have a good core group of clients that are really loyal to me but just the community of other textile designers is really nice. I have friends that do similar things to me, I wouldn’t say its cutthroat and competitive everyone is here to help each other out. And just the options you can do as well its limitless, it’s fascinating!

 

Thanks Katie, for letting us have an insight into your busy everyday life.

Click here to see Katie’s products that Woven stock.

Be sure to have a look at the rest of Katie’s work here and keep an eye out for her forthcoming collections which might be more home ware, clothes or hand printed tiling.

We will have to wait and see!

Introducing Serge Lesage

Serge Lesage is globally recognised for their luxurious modern rugs. We are extremely excited to have welcomed them to our woven collection. Based in France, Serge Lesage was founded in 1984 at a time when oriental designs dominated the rug industry. Their modern spin on rug design using bright colours and bold motifs will add a sense of character to any room.

Frédérique Lepers, artistic director and designer explains that…

"Over the past ten years, my work has been nourished by projects where I have fun juggling radical choices and more playful choices without ever forgetting the place of the carpet in people's lives. I have as my guide, my hand, intuitive and that of the craftsman. 
hand in hand, we move and weave the collections with a contemporary story, elegant, unique and sometimes unexpected. "

 

Each carpet is made from high quality natural fibres including wool, bamboo, viscose or leather. The natural properties of these fibres make the rugs durable as well as decorative. Serge Lesage also specialise in bespoke rugs adopting colours, shapes and sizes to suit you.

 

Click here to view the full collection from Serge Lesage.

Three Modern Rugs To Transform Your Space

Redecorating is an expensive and time consuming process which often puts people off, consequently leaving them with furnishings which they have grown less and less fond of over time. You can't deny that being unhappy with your home's interior is a constant cause of grief. So, how can you change the appearance of your house quickly and effectively? 

At Woven, we are firm believers that modern rugs can transform the look and feel of your home. It is a fool-proof way of breathing new life into any room, from bedroom to bathroom, hallway to living room. 

Below is a list of our current favourite modern rugs for Summer 2017 and some top tips for revamping your space.

1) Abstract Strokes (From £989)

This beautiful modern rug has been made in Holland and is 100% wool. It is a stunning, bright and playful rug which would be perfect in a space which needs a colourful focal point. It would compliment walls and floors of a huge array of shades thanks to its painterly design which features so many gorgeous colours.

Abstract Strokes

Abstract Strokes

To enhance your room with the help of this rug, we would suggest placing a vase of flowers of similar colours in the room. What a creative way of bringing those wonderful summery vibes into your home permanently?

2) Almeria (Beige Colour From £560)

The Almeria is a modern rug which will not go out of style. It has been designed by Scandinavian designers, Linie Design, and crafted in India using 100% Viscose to give it a luxurious look and feel. It is available in slate, taupe, leaf, red and our personal favourite for this summer, beige.

Almeria

Almeria

The beige compliments duck egg blue perfectly so combining those two colours in your room would be a fantastic way of transforming your room into a modern yet timeless space. Perhaps you could place some cushions on your bed or sofa or paint the frame of a mirror in duck egg blue to effortlessly incorporate the two colours into your home. 

3) Water Lily (from £295)

This is a modern rug which will always bring a sunny feeling into your home. It has been made in easy-to-clean acrylic so the eye-catching blues and oranges will never be missed. This is perfect for Summer 2017 and beyond as it features a number of vivid colours which can be easily matched to other pieces to provide a continuous, bright theme in your home.

Water Lily

Water Lily

We love the orange centre of the lilies, as well as the fuchsia coloured pollen, and think the Water Lily rug would match perfectly with neutral bedding and furniture to provide a beautiful pop of colour which won't go out of style.

If you're interested in viewing more from our modern rug collection then check out our collection here: https://www.woven.co.uk/rugs/modern.html

TRENDS 2017: PASTEL COLOURS

It's Spring 2017 and this means it is time for us to discuss one of the trends that will define the season.

It has come to our attention that pastel colours are the ones to keep an eye on in 2017. They are characterised by light pinks, blues and yellow which make any space pop, energise the room and accentuate the light.

The Bamboo rug by Scandinavian rugs designer Massimo can be found in an amazing pink pastel colour with a soft and luxurious pile which works well in any space and gives a sense of elegance and warmth. 

Calvin Klein Home gives us another example with its "Linear Glow" in this stunning aqua colour. It combines beautiful shades of this stunning colour across its surface and it is considered a must for any contemporary space. 

If your space is missing that bit of colour, these rugs might be the perfect addition to get that summery look you have always wanted.

Memo - Flatweave rug from Linie Design

To celebrate the bank holiday we have come up with a list of our top five flatweave rugs and this week we have decided to talk about the charming yet simple Memo.

This beautiful flatweave rug, like Lagos, is part of the ‘Artwork’ Collection designed by Linie Design. Linie Design are renowned for their Danish, timeless designs which are demonstrated in the geometric surface design in this rug. Memo is produced by a hand loomed process which produces a luxurious rug of the finest quality made from wool and flax pile.

Each rug is fully reversible and also skilfully finished with a simple fringe detailing.

This charming rug is available in 3 different sizes and 3 different colours.

It is available from £430 which includes free delivery.

Our Favourite Flatweave Rugs – Number One

When it comes to flatweave rugs its fair to say Woven have a a strong selection. With a Scandinavian style, Wovens collection of flatweave rugs are not only practicable but also aesthetically remarkable.

 

We have come up with a list of our top five flatweave rugs, in no particular (it was hard enough narrowing it down to five!)

We start off with the wonderful and ever popular Lagos rug. In my opinion Linie Design create some of the best, if not the best flatweaves in the home interiors market. They are very fairly priced and host exceptional quality.

Lagos is part of the beautiful ‘Artwork’ collection from Linie Design. Lagos is produced by a hand loomed process which produces a luxurious rug of the finest quality made from a wool & flax pile. Each rug is also skilfully finished with a contemporary hand lashed edge detail and is fully reversible

The colourful flatweave is available in three different sizes, however it is also available in bespoke sizes. The three different colours all represent different pastel colour palets, each bringing inspiration to homes throughout the world.

 

The Lagos flatweave rug is available from as little as £390 which includes FREE delivery.

Massimo - Friss

Massimo is a Scandinavian rugs company founded in 2001. They create modern and contemporary rugs using traditional weaving techniques and natural fibres.

Friss by Massimo is only one of the many Scandinavian rugs we supply here at Woven. Recently Friss has been very popular, the contrasting neutral tones and bold patterns make it a very versatile modern rug. Designed by Karen Mimi, these motifs originate from her Mother’s unfinished embroideries. The incomplete elements break up the geometric patterns, allowing the pattern to flow across the rug. The original embroidery stitches are up scaled and translated into the rug through hand knotting hemp, a traditional rug weaving technique using a smooth durable yarn. Because hemp is a long lasting fibre and is knotted densely together this rug would sit perfectly in a living or dining room where there is frequent traffic.

 

The beige background is a good base for any room as it is will compliment other colours.  For example, add a deep green into your room through a houseplant or contrast with blue furniture to bring out a yellow in the beige. Black and white will give a classic look where as adding warmer colours such as reds and oranges will warm up the room.

 

Kate Watson-Smyth from ‘Mad about the House’ featured ‘Friss’ in her recent blog post about revamping your sitting room, read the full post here.

Why Scandinavian rugs are more than just a fashion statement

The popularity of Scandinavian rugs isn't just down to the brilliance of design that the region is famous for. It's also because rugs are a necessary part of life in the colder parts of northern Europe, which means they know how to make well-functioning rugs. However, as with everything Scandinavian, if you're going to build something practical and functional, it must also be beautiful, minimalist, make use of natural materials and create a sense of warmth. Read on to find out why a Scandinavian rug isn't just there to look good.

Warmer rooms

Rugs predate carpets and are the original way of improving warmth and reducing the draughtiness of living spaces. When we shop for rugs we often forget their original function and that this function is still required. When placing a rug think about which rooms require more warmth, which floors are more draughty and where you tend to spend more time in the evening.

White berber has a soft warm pile

White berber has a soft warm pile


Protecting wooden floors

A rug can protect your beloved real wood floors, especially in high traffic areas. Consider runners in hallways and oversized rugs in large rooms to protect as much of the floor as possible.

Add texture

A Scandinavian rug, as an accent, doesn't just add function and 2D beauty, it also adds texture and this is often thanks to the use of different natural materials such as quality wool, including Afghan or New Zealand wool, and materials such as hemp, hessian and even leather. These dynamic textures add depth, as well as beauty, to any space.

Comfort underfoot

Real wood flooring is all the rage, as is concrete and tiles. However, we also like to feel warmth below our feet, especially in the bedroom or in living areas. This is a key reason to buy a soft, Scandinavian rug made with high quality wool or other materials.


As you can see, a rug doesn't just make a design statement in terms of its aesthetic, it also adds warmth, protects the floor, provides underfoot comfort and a textual depth to your living space.

Caring and maintenance for rugs

A beautiful rug can completely transform any room that it frequents. Owning a top-quality rug is a pleasure that can last a lifetime if you take the proper precautions to maintain its grandeur:

Eastern Dynasty 

Eastern Dynasty 


1. Vacuum regularly

A dirty rug ages prematurely and regular cleaning stops particles from filtering down into the pile where it can cause runs and tears in the delicate fibres. For regular cleaning only use the vacuum nozzle rather than the additional power brush as these can damage the top layer of your rug’s pile.

2. Avoid water damage

Prolonged dampness in the fibres can actually create rot if the material is continually wet. Common causes of water damage include potted plants on the rug, rugs in basements (susceptible to flooding), leaks and general bathroom moisture. To prevent the build-up of damaging water damage, bi-annually hang your rug outside to air or do so more regularly if occasions, such as a leak, arise.

3. Use a rug pad

Using a rug pad will keep it from sliding, maintain its shape and will prolong its life by cushioning the impact between heavy feet and hard floor surfaces. A rug pad is most commonly needed under a thin, soft rug or a patched, antique rug.

4. Placement is everything

Where a rug is placed in your home is integral to its longevity, for example, a delicate, silk Oriental rug should not be positioned in a high-traffic area. Placing a rug in front of an open fire is damaging as it dries out the natural oils in the wool and excessive direct sunlight may cause fading over a prolonged period of time. To prevent fading and wear in one region of the rug, you should regularly rotate it or even rearrange your furniture to create new pathways.

5. Spot clean immediately

Stains are inevitable but if treated immediately and correctly, a crisis can be averted. In the first instance, dab the stain with a dry cloth to soak up the excess liquid and then treat accordingly to the specific problem. Do not use bleach or coloured paper towels and avoid scrubbing at all costs.

Rugs on walls – An alternative wallpaper

If you are living in a small space or perhaps renting accommodation it can be difficult to make your home feel your own. If you don’t have the room for a rug, but want a modern or contemporary aesthetic, brighten up your room by hanging a rug on your wall.

Canevas Flower 

Canevas Flower 

Modern rugs can be used as an alternative to wallpaper by adding a pattern to your room through different coloured yarns and woven shapes. Having a rug on your wall will provide warmth through the yarn used, making it perfect for a cosy bedroom with a modern twist. Layering your rug behind furniture such as beds and sofas adds a sense of depth to your room creating a luxurious designer feel. 

Modern rugs can also be hung like paintings or artwork. If you are hanging a smaller rug such as a kelim think about the composition and how other objects in your room may work with it. Below is the rug ‘Circles’ by Ferm Living. The other objects displayed give the rug space to breathe but also compliment the colours and shapes. Resulting in a modern yet effortless appearance.  

If your rug has a bold pattern like Canevas flower by GAN, the pattern is clearer from a distance so suits the position on the wall better than the floor. For example, up close this rug just looks like plain cross-stitch. From a distance roses appear transforming what looks like an abstract pattern into a motif.

Aragon rug

Aragon rug

This style of displaying rugs doesn’t have to be a statement or bold choice. Keep it simple by using a natural coloured rug to blend in or neutralise your room. Adding a shaggy texture to your walls can break up any plain flat surfaces.

For more inspiration on hanging modern rugs in your home, have a look at our range of kelims here.

Three tips for creating a cosy Scandinavian interior

Making your house feel like a home can seem like a puzzle, but it doesn't have to be complicated. Why not look towards our Nordic neighbours for interior style inspiration? With long winters and freezing temperatures, Scandinavians see home as so much more than a place to sleep. In Denmark, Norway and Sweden, design is a big deal because people spend so much time in their houses. They often prefer to entertain in their homes instead of venturing out into the cold – and we don't blame them. Here are three gorgeous Scandi living updates to make your home ultra-cosy, from winter through to summer.

Neutralise your colour scheme

If you've every visited a Scandinavian country, you'll have noticed the people have a definite preference for neutral hues. If you want to adopt their style, you'll have to ditch bright, bold wallpaper and paint. It doesn’t have to cost the earth to freshen up your home. White walls, wooden floors and light, airy rooms are the order of the day. If you're choosing new furniture, select lighter woods like pine. For finishing touches, go for warm metals such as gold, copper and brass to create a cosy feel.

Layer soft textiles

Scandinavians are masters at layering different textiles to create a tranquil atmosphere. In your living room or bedroom, try draping faux fur throws over surfaces to make them extra comfy. Add extra dimension with cable knit cushions and fluffy woollen rugs, because the little touches make all the difference. Stick to a neutral colour palette to maximise on that hygge feeling. To bring warmth and luxury to any room, why not add beautiful Scandinavian rugs? Our Rya rug in grey, slate or cream is made from 100% wool sure to create a truly cosy setting.
 

Rya in cream

Rya in cream


Create ambience with candles

When it comes to creating a peaceful atmosphere, there's nothing like combining soft textures with the warming roar of an open fire. Even if you don't have a hearth in your home, why not unwind with one of our sumptuous Scandinavian rugs beneath your feet, surrounded by the soft glow of scented candles? Denmark and other Scandi countries are rumoured to be the largest consumers of candles in the world. Invest in a few in various sizes in warm, natural scents such as relaxing sandalwood or comforting vanilla for the ultimate Scandi experience.

Candles - Woven.co.uk

Candles - Woven.co.uk

Why Scandinavia is gaining ground in the UK

When you think quality, handcrafted rugs, Scandinavia is possibly not the first country of origin that springs to mind. Persia and China are perhaps better known for their carpet and rug weaving - just think Aladdin on his magic carpet.

Fescues - Massimo

Fescues - Massimo


In fact, Scandinavia’s rich history of producing fine handmade rugs puts the area firmly on a level footing with any other region in the world. Some people would even argue that it is unbeatable.

Iceland - Linie Design

Iceland - Linie Design


It’s why Woven has come to rely on creative suppliers from countries such as Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, who have a unique ability to achieve modern and memorable designs through traditional methods of craftsmanship.

After all, rug making is part of the cultural heritage of Scandinavian people passed down from generation to generation – and the region has been blending ethnic trends and global inspiration for centuries.

As far back as the Middle Ages, Scandinavians soaked up the manufacturing techniques and aesthetics of rug-makers from Anatolia, Asia Minor and the Byzantine Empire (Constantinople), as the trade routes of the time brought the very different cultures into contact.

And let’s be honest here, countries known for their challenging climates are going to be the ones who spend hundreds of year perfecting the best use of different materials, techniques and designs to find ways to insulate and warm their homes, in the most uplifting ways possible.

To the Scandinavians, creating rugs has become as much an art form as painting pictures or carving sculptures. So it is not surprising that this global region is still a hot bed of design talent.

Indeed, Scandinavian Rugs have not just been classed as art, they have been an inspiration for designers, interior decorators, and visionaries for many years.

In the mid-twentieth century, the bold, often simplistic geometric designs of traditional Scandinavian Rugs led to leading names such as Frank Lloyd Wright incorporating them into their work.

Is it significant that Scandinavian furniture is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, with new stores opening regularly? Yes, because more people than ever are embracing the attention to detail, treatment of colour, and design flair of this geographical region.

Woven recognised this a long time ago, and is proud to be making Scandinavia’s long and golden heritage of quality rug-making easily accessible to homes throughout the UK.

Ted Baker’s new collection for 2017

This April Ted Baker launched its 2017 rug collection. Using the companies bright and bold aesthetic they have created another exciting range of modern rugs. In time for the Summer months this collection explores fresh natural colours from gradated florals alongside darker contrasting geometrics.

A combination of traditional techniques such as hand tufting, hand weaving and digital printing are created with natural and durable fibres. Tencel; the fibre from a eucalyptus plant, is combined with wool as an eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to silk. An essential element in modern day textiles.

Florals are a common appearance in Ted Baker, especially bold botanicals. ‘Violet’ gives a contemporary twist on flowers, creating a more abstract illustrative shape in a kaleidoscopic style. The fresh colours emphasise the floral elements and make it a versatile rug for your home. As pictured here, the soft colours along with the darker leaf motifs allow it to be paired with a darker or a monochromatic environment.

Violet by Ted Baker

Violet by Ted Baker

Along with florals, gradients and ombrès are a key aspect in Ted Baker’s new collection. These gradients can neutralise and fade out geometric or floral designs, adding a sense of depth and modernism to your home. One example of this is ‘Agave’, the chevron block motifs are scattered with a purple gradient, fading from violet to lilac.

Agave by Ted Baker

Agave by Ted Baker

Click here to see Ted Baker’s full collection, with rugs starting from £399.

 

Using rugs to add style and space to a small apartment

It can often feel like a mammoth task to add style to a studio apartment, where you are essentially having to store all of your possessions in one room. Hidden storage under beds and in wardrobes can be a lifesaver when it comes to extending the space, whilst hanging artwork allows you to put your own stamp on the place. However, not enough is said about how rugs can be used to open up the space and create a meaningful flow throughout.

Create cosiness

Wooden or vinyl flooring is really the only option in a studio apartment, offering clean lines and opening the room up. However, this can feel a little stark so beautiful Scandinavian rugs can offer an element of comfort without negating this minimalist feel.
 

Bamboo is a fine example of Scandinavian bliss

Bamboo is a fine example of Scandinavian bliss


Create separate spaces

One of the ways in which people trip up trying to separate out a studio flat is adding bulk such as large bookcases, room dividers or curtains. Although it is important to create a sense of different living and sleeping areas so that the studio doesn’t feel claustrophobic, adding large items just makes the space feel smaller. Instead, add colourful modern rugs in different places to separate out different areas. A pastel rug next to white or pastel bedding and bedroom furniture instantly creates a new room, whilst a bold floating rug in the middle of the living area draws the eye and offers something to arrange furniture around.

Selma - Massimo

Selma - Massimo



Create a flow

A flow through a smaller apartment helps people to navigate through the room, away from your more private sleeping area and into the areas you are more comfortable having people. A bold and stylish rug instantly attracts people towards it and if you place it at the point you would like people to head to when they come in through the door, you should be able to direct them to where you want them to go without even having to say anything. An intricate or brightly coloured rug can do the trick but you might also want to play with textures and choose a fluffy or roughly woven rug instead.

The Comfort rug by Linie design

The Comfort rug by Linie design

How are rugs made? - Rug weaving techniques

Weaving a rug is an incredibly time consuming task, there are various traditional and historical techniques involved which are still used in the creation of modern rugs today.

All rugs start off as a warp; the warp is the yarn that sits vertically on a loom and what eventually becomes the rugs fringe. It is wound on at a tension and forms the basic structure of the rug. The weft is the yarn that is woven through the warp horizontally, there are many different techniques that can be used in the weft that create different textures and patterns. For example, hand knotting, tufting and weaving.

Hand knotting is a historical weaving process and is the most time-consuming technique as the weaver will individually tie each knot. In between rows of knotting are two rows of plain weave, this binds together the warp threads and secures the knots in place creating a very solid and durable fabric. The tight knots make this type of rug good for lots of traffic and footfall. For example, hallways and staircases. It can take around 20 years before a hand knotted rug sees signs of ageing. Hand knotted rugs are valued as pieces of art which often end up as family heirlooms.   

Hand tufted rugs from the front can look a lot like hand knotted rugs. Instead they are made with a tufting gun. The gun pushes loops of yarn from the back and into the front of the rug. This is a much quicker method than hand knotting. Once the tufting is in place the loops can be left or cut to create a traditional pile. 

Arris, by Wedgwood is a handtufted design

Arris, by Wedgwood is a handtufted design

Hand Carving is a technique that can be used on a hand tufted or knotted pile. The weaver cuts into the pile sculpting it into a shape which will usually emphasise a pattern and add depth to the design.     

Hand Woven rugs are known as kelims or flatweaves. They are different to the previous two rugs I have discussed as they do not have a pile. This technique can be done by hand or by a power loom and are usually reversible designs.

Mattia is a fine example of a flatweave/kelim

Mattia is a fine example of a flatweave/kelim

Thinking outside of the box...

Rectangular or square rugs can sometimes be seen as the only option amongst modern rugs or perhaps a safe choice. Another preference is a circular or oval shaped rug.

Certain Tapestry techniques, which incorporate, knotting, around the edges of the weaving allow parts of the warp to be bound off, creating more fluid or unusual shapes. 

Circular or oval shaped rugs can feel less harsh because of their smoother lines creating a softer feel to your room.  Allowing the floor beneath to be visible layering circular rugs or arranging them in a line through a hallway can create a playful yet modern atmosphere. 

One example of a circular contemporary rug is The Stone Wool collection.  It offers a variety of shapes and colours all inspired by stones and pebbles.  They are roughly 1 metre wide by 1 metre in length allowing room for experimentation of the different combinations.

Circles can also be used in a more obvious way to make a statement. A big room or hallway will welcome a circular rug making it the centre of attention and drawing you into the room.

Pictured below is China Dragon in yellow by Gandi Blasco.

Fringes on rugs- the Woven guide

Fringes or tassels on rugs are always highly debated. They are the marmite, tattoos, the true Brussel sprouts of rugs – either love or hated.

Fringes can be seen on most styles of rugs whether that is a modern rug, Scandinavian rug or oriental rug. What a lot of people don’t know is that the fringe is actually the SKELETON of the rug on handwoven constructions. If this is damaged or cut off it can affect the health of the rug. The knots holding the rug together can come loose and the rug can be left in ruins.

A fine example of a handwoven rug with tassels is the Catania by Gan. This beautiful flatweave has been designer by Sandra Figuero for GAN. This rug has a contemporary geometric design using contrasting blocks of red, pink and black. Being a kelim this rug is finished with a taste edge and is totally reversible. The shorter fringes also mean they are less likely to get damaged compared to longer fringes.

Catania - Gan

Catania - Gan

For other rug constructions, the fringe is simply added to aesthetical purposes. Examples of this can be seen on the hugely popular Almeria rug by Linie Design seen below. This Scandinavian rugs tassels compliments a contrasting colour to compliment the overall design.

Almeria - Linie Design

Almeria - Linie Design

Teal-tastic

The tranquil mixture of blue and green that forms teal is a sophisticated yet versatile tone. The name originates from the colour around the eyes of a common teal duck and has been used as a colour name since 1917.

It is a very popular shade for interior design because of the warm and relaxed atmosphere it creates. For a modern aesthetic add a statement to your room by mixing teal with a contrasting golden yellow. These two colours compliment each other making them both pop out against the rest of the room. You can see this effect in the Tetris modern rug.

For a classic fresh look add an ombre, letting the dark teal fade from blue to cream as seen in Acacia and Noam. This brings in lighter blues and turquoises,  ideal of a bright, light room.

Get £40 off all teal rugs over £400, just enter ‘TEAL40’ at the checkout and enjoy a free Anti Slip mat for underneath your rug.

Painterly Textiles

The transition between drawing and textile design has become more and more relevant in designer’s work. It is now common to see original drawings translated directly onto fabric through various printing techniques. Brush strokes, along with pencil marks are purposely left to add another texture creating an illusion that the drawing has been created straight onto the fabric. Previously these marks might have been hidden or developed into block colour to disguise the early stages of the design. This technique is now used by lots of designers for fashion as well as interiors. Patterns have become more organic and free with a huge sense of movement from the artist’s brushstrokes. This trend emphasises the idea that you are not just buying into textiles but you are buying into a piece of art as well.

Tomy K is a Greek graphic designer turned textile designer. He started developing his work onto fabric after being selected for Ralph Lauren’s Art Star Project. He now produces his own printed cushions and lampshades. Tomy K’s work consists of bold hand painted motifs along with kaleidoscopic geometrics. His layered brushstrokes give his prints a playful and fresh feel.      

Katie Charlston also uses hand painting in her work. Contrasting to Tomy K, her work mainly consists of layered florals. Different lines and textures are layered on top of each other creating botanical and floral designs. The velvet edging or reverse of her cushions add sophistication and luxury to her floral designs. All of Katie Charleston’s cushions are screen printed or hand painted with dyes in her London studio.

Visit the Woven showroom to see Tomy K’s and Katie Charlston’s painterly Textiles.