Super-cool LA design studio Commune has teamed up with one of the UK’s finest contemporary rug companies, Christopher Farr, for a limited edition collection that pays homage to traditional textile patterns and techniques.
Launching on May 9 at the Legends design festival in LA’s La Cienega Design Quarter (and available to order from Christopher Farr on the same day), the Commune for Christopher Farr collection consists of eight designs, each produced in an edition of 10, and is a lesson in the beauty of muted understatement. Featuring interrelated geometric patterns, the rugs subtly stand out thanks to the techniques behind their designs, each of which has been specially chosen to accentuate the motifs.
The Kaleidoscope rug (£5,760), for example, combines a handwoven flat weave with tufted jute to create a three-dimensional effect, while the hand-knotted Tribal (£12,960) is a textural blend of chunky wool and sari silk, and the Plaid (£4,800) uses an unusual weaving method that mixes high-pile knots with low-pile flat wefts to emphasise the grid-like pattern. “Plaid is usually seen with tightly controlled finely woven patterns, so our approach gives the design an interesting contrast,” says Christopher Farr designer Hector Coombs.
The aesthetic throughout the collection is classic Commune, but Christopher Farr’s signature is unmistakeable too. These are not just rugs, but exquisite examples of the weaver’s art.