October 15 2010
Lucia van der Post
When it comes to rugs, we’re spoilt for choice, but two Somerset designers, Elizabeth Ashard and Stephen Morgan, have come up with yet another aesthetic to enliven our floors.
They draw inspiration from whatever catches their eye, from Georgian woodblock prints to rock formations. Fascinated by the intricacy and beauty of the work, they first photograph it and then, to use their own phrase, they “rumple it”.
Take the Multirumple rug, based on the striped aprons traditionally worn in Nepal. Here they have taken the richly coloured stripes and mismatched (or “rumpled”) them. The result is distinctly unsual yet charming.
Their newest range, Reverse, taken from 18th-century embroidered textiles in Bath’s Museum of Costume, translates into poetic, almost lyrical, rugs. One has fragile flowers on a light grey, slightly “rumpled” background, while, for a more dramatic look, Kashgar (pictured) has bolder, more vibrant blooms and colours.
All the rugs are handmade in Nepal using fine Tibetan wool and 10 per cent silk to give added sheen to the finish. Available from stock at the showroom in Somerset, they can also be made to order in any size. And Elizabeth and Stephen are happy to do home visits to discuss designs, colours and dimensions. Rugs cost from £500 per square metre.