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Rug and Textile Sale Now On August 23 2016

Fabulous discounts on carpets and textiles until Saturday 24th September 2016.

Annual Carpet Sale September 19 2014

Our carpet and textile sale starts Tuesday, 23rd of September and runs until Saturday, 25th October.
This is your chance to get amazing reductions on some of our most beautiful rugs and textiles.

 


Beauty in design June 20 2013

If you haven’t had a chance to see our ‘Birth of a Carpet’ exhibition, we still have a collection of carpet samples from larger carpets we have woven on display. It is also a chance to learn more about the design and weaving process with some lovely drawings and photographs from our weaving facilities throughout the gallery and workshop. We also have a beautiful selection of cushions available made from remnants of our own kilims including the ‘Bargello’ or ‘flame’ kilim pictured.


Chartwell Carpet January 25 2012

We recently made a carpet for Chartwell House, which you can see being admired by Charles and Camilla on their visit in May. Chartwell was the main residence of Winston and Clementine Churchill until Winston’s death in 1965, when it was presented to the National Trust by Clementine. Located in Westerham, Kent, it is well worth a visit not only to see where Winston worked and lived and many of his paintings, but also for the beautiful gardens.


Voysey Carpet January 18 2012

For those of you who did not get a chance to see the beautiful re-weave of the River Mat, we thought you might enjoy this photograph of the finished product! Towards the end of 2010 David was asked by John Voysey, the grandson of C.F.A. Voysey, [one of the most prominent and influential architects and designer of carpets, textiles, wallpaper etc in the late 19th / early 20th century Arts and Craft style], to weave a carpet in the design of `The River Mat’. John remembered the rug from his childhood and that it had been sold by his family and finally ended up in America.

The River Mat was first exhibited in The Arts and Crafts exhibition society in 1903 described as a hearth rug. A quaint panoramic design probably more suited to hang on the wall; it was described by E.W. Gregory writing in the Art Workers quarterly as a harmonious piece of colouring but simply a tour de force in point of design. Another critic writing in The Studio described a “hearth rug treated boldly in a pictorial manner, but without scale or perspective so as to form a kind of Chinese landscape, centring on a river with ships and full of objects to delight young people playing before the fire. John thinks that his grandfather may have drawn the point paper pattern of this size to be sold and used by home weavers on simple upright looms using ready available coloured wools from retail wool suppliers.

John had already done some research and had discovered that the original point papers were in the Royal institute of British Architects archive that is housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum and had sometime before been photographed for publication. They agreed to let us have copies of these and very kindly scanned the photographs in high resolution. For the first time in 25 years of weaving David used someone else’s point paper drawing. He found the point papers truly wonderful; showing a complete lack of regard for scale of perspective and a very significant understanding of naivety that is magical. They were drawn by an artist who fully understood the English country vernacular and, one imagines, was having some fun.

Colouring for the rug nearly turned into a nightmare of trying too hard, but in the end David went to his dye studio in Bulgaria and over a 4 day period working with long time business partner Nino Parpolov, made the colouring from our library of dyed colours. One of our most experienced weavers took nearly 3 months to weave the carpet at about 90,000 knots per square meter, as per the original.

We are waiting to hear from the V & A regarding an offer John has made to exhibit the new rug and Voysey’s original point paper. We wonder if Voysey’s work has ever had a good outing at exhibition? Like many of his time he is over-shadowed by William Morris.


Have you ever wondered... March 23 2011

How our carpets are made?

For the next three weeks we are showing a selection of our work, taking you through the process of carpet designing and making. The exhibit will feature a carpet we had the privilege of making for the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland at Alinwick Castle and photographs of the weaving on our looms in Bulgaria.