Brighten up your home with these collections of colourful rugs, created by designers and artists in collaboration with some of the most skilled craftsmen working in the field and exploring traditional as well as contemporary techniques. From New York-based Tantuvi’s homage to folk patterns to Jan Kath’s exquisite symphonies of colour, these rugs will add a pop of colour to any space, whether you are looking for an area rug for a large room or a compact piece of ‘walkable art’.

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Roula Salamoun rugs for the Unmasked collection by Iwan Maktabi

A rug by Roula Salamoun for Lebanese brand Iwan Maktabi featuring an organic motif in green and blue

A celebration of Lebanese creativity, Beirut carpet maker Iwan Maktabi’s Unmasked collection of colorful rugs features works by the likes of David/Nicolas, Nadine Kanso and Gregory Gatserelia. Among the pieces, presented through an immersive exhibition in Beirut, is the organic piece by multidisciplinary architect and designer Roula Salamoun. Titled Strata, the four-piece collection (available in two colourways and two sizes) is inspired by Nepalese landscapes, which the designer visited while discovering traditional weaving techniques with Maktabi. ‘Strata draws from the fine line between architecture and landscape, from the rooftops, temples, and steps which intertwine with lush greenery and moss,’ says the designer. the designer was fascinated by the art of weaving and the relationship of the craftsmen with the pieces. She adds: ‘the carpet acts as a unifying element and creator of place, and belonging where the relationship between the body, space and objects are inexorably linked.’

Spectrum collection by Jan Kath 

Jan Kath Spectrum rug depicting the sunset sky

Jan Kath’s immersive Spectrum collection features a series of rugs defined by a free use of colour, pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the medium. Painstakingly handmade in Kathmandu, Nepal, the collection features 42 different rugs that explore both traditional patterns and contemporary designs, filtered through colour. 

Dawn rugs by BCXSY for ZaoZuo

A blue rug by BCXSY for ZaoZuo pictured under a white table and red chair

Amsterdam-based designers Sayaka Yamamoto and Boaz Cohen have created a series of rugs for Chinese brand ZaoZuo, inspired by dawn. The designs, the pair explains, are an ‘abstract conceptualization of this most magical period of the day, when colors and forms blend together, and our perception wanders between the recognizable and the unknown.’ The collection (part of a wider range of graphic rugs BCXSY have created for the manufacturer) was based on digital printing techniques, the designers explain, ‘to achieve a balance between sharp lines and soft color gradients and create a contemporary ode to the wonders of nature.’

Little Proba by Alex Proba

A colorful rug by Alex Proba laying on grass

What started as a workshop for kids to experiment with paper collages led by German, US-based artist Alex Proba turned into a playful collection of brightly coloured rugs with a strong graphic attitude. ‘This is my passion project,’ explains Proba, whose work ranges fom home accessories to large-scale murals and even swimming pools, all defined by her distinctively bold colour palettes and geoometric compositions. ‘I always wanted to work with kids and show them that art and being creative is real, as I did not grow up with that understanding.’ Proba dubbed the project ‘kids designing for kids,’ and it turns out that big smiling faces, animals in all shapes and forms and ice cream cones are the perfect subjects for a collection of rugs. Each rug is named after the kid who created the original design (7-year-old Mila’s rug is pictured above) and handmade in India using hand-tufted, hand-dyed New Zealand wool yarn and bamboo silk. All proceeds from the collection going to Save the Children and the Young Center for Children’s Immigrant Rights, and Proba has a new project in the pipeline, working with a foundation and a group of young girls from Ghana. Watch this space.

Art on Rugs by Carsten Beck Nielsen

A geometric rug by Nordic Knots pictured in a minimalist white room with wooden furniture
‘Untitled 01’ rug, by artist Carsten Beck Nielsen, pictured here with the ‘Concrete’ chair by Swedish designer Jonas Bohlin. Photography: Ragnar Omarsson

For the second edition of its ‘Art on Rugs’ initiative, Nordic Knots paired with Danish contemporary artist Carsten Beck Nielsen to bring his graphic works into the home through a collection of rugs. The ‘walkable art’, as the brand dubbed it, features two designs referencing original artworks inspired by mathematical forms, bringing a warmer beige and starck black and white palette to life through the rugs. The designs are ‘painted’ on the rugs through artisanal techniques that adds a shaggy wool pile figure onto the flat-woven canvas base. ‘The true beauty of art is that it is available to everyone to look at and feel something, perhaps even experience the same sensation the artist felt while creating it,’ observes Beck Nielsen. ‘Walkable art, that you can actually interact with and which involves additional senses, is a new way to enjoy art, that adds another dimension to your experience of the artwork.’

Travertine collection by Tantuvi

colorful patterned rugs by Tantuvi pictured in a render by Charlotte Taylor depicting desert architecture

Founded by designer Arati Rao and artist Adam Sipe, Tantuvi is a New York-based design studio reimagining the concept of ‘handmade in India’ with a contemporary twist, inspired by Rao’s own family background. Tantuvi’s cotton and hemp dhurrie rugs, the pair explains, ‘are inspired by early experiments in formal abstraction and closely related folk patterns from around the world.’ In particular, the Travertine collection features a homage to their travels through India, and its motifs are inspired by sandstone-colored desert landscapes, native architecture, and stone quarries. 

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