Colourful rugs from world-leading designers and makers
Graphic rugs can add a pop of colour to your home. Browse our selection of colourful rugs, featuring work by the world’s leading designers, artists and craftsmen, and combining both contemporary and ancient techniques
Our selection of colourful rugs is the perfect addition to brighten up your home. These colourful rugs were created by leading 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’.
Browse our edit of colourful rugs
Woven rugs by Beni
Based in Marrakech, Beni rugs was launched by entrepreneurs Robert Wright and Tiberio Lobo-Navia in 2018, to merge ancient techniques of Berber heritage with a modern design perspective and celebrate ‘the magic of Moroccan rugs’. The brand draws from 10,000 years of local rug-making traditions, sourcing wool locally and employing local women to hand-knot each rug. The brand’s new HQ and showroom is a space to showcase the rich collections of colourful and graphic rugs, and also serves as the brand’s design studio.
‘Nuances’ felt rug by Patricia Urquiola for Gan
Patricia Urquiola’s ‘Nuances’ series for Spanish manufacturer Gab explores the malleability of felt, a material the designer chose for its warmth and versatility. Aiming to reinvent traditional felt manufacturing, Urquiola developed her design through a technique that recycles discarded felt fibre. The result is a terrazzo-like speckled surface, which she then declined in different colours and patterns.
Bauhaus-inspired rugs by Child Studio for Floor Story
Child Studio draws inspiration from the Bauhaus Movement for its ‘19-19’ rug collection with east London rug company Floor Story. ‘The Bauhaus aesthetic is often seen as something rather austere and unrelenting, but we have always been fascinated by the rich and inventive use of colour in the interiors and graphics produced by the artists associated with this movement,’ say studio founders Alexy Kos and Che Huang. ‘We always try to inject colour in our interior work and this project was an opportunity to tell a new story entirely through the abstract means of geometry and colour.’
‘Nabla’ rug collection by David Thulstrup for Made by Hand
A new collection of carpets designed by David Thulstrup for Made By Hand and produced by Golran, ‘Nabla’ features a series of colourful rugs inspired by daylight, sundown and dusk. Through an expressive colour palette of beige, yellow and pink hues, Thulstrup designed four tonal gradations which were then recreated through the skilled weaving of silk and wool.
Upcycled colourful rugs by Sëbou and Eton
Swedish brand Sëbou specializes in hand-knotted rugs, designed in Sweden and made in Morocco using leftover materials: their unique rugs ‘blend the subtlety of Scandinavian design and the vibrancy of Moroccan culture.’ A new collection sees the brand partner with shirt specialist Eton, upcycling byproducts from the shirt design process into colourful rugs that combine a geometric motif with the textured vibrancy of the colourful textiles. ‘Being aware comes with a responsibility, we owe it to ourselves and the future to strive towards a more environmentally friendly lifestyle,’ says Omar Marhri, Sëbou creative director. ‘Our focus has always been to make one-of-a-kind, timeless pieces made from materials that are recycled and upcycled and can live for a long time.’
‘Billie’ rug by Poltrona Frau
The ‘Billie’ rug by Poltrona Fray is a tribute to Max Huber. Its design is based on a 1936 sketch by the Swiss artist and graphic designer, a celebrating jazz singer Billie Holiday (a homage by Huber, who was influenced by the musical genre in his work). The balanced graphic composition of the rug is rendered in wool and linen and hand-spun on wooden looms using the Tibetan knot technique.
Roula Salamoun rugs for the ‘Unmasked’ collection by Iwan Maktabi
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’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
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
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
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
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.