Renowned architect and long-standing collaborator with The Rug Company, David Rockwell has added three new designs to his collection of bold and contemporary rug designs. Moonlight Tidal, Lola and Misty represent a synergy of design and craft, the subdued, yet enigmatic designs accentuate the architect’s passion for nature from which Rockwell draws much of his inspiration.
Moonlight Tidal is a new take on the original Tidal rug. Handcrafted in bamboo silk, its painterly and rich expression of natural light represent a shimmering reflection across the surface of a bay, rendered in cool and warm greys. Misty, also uses bamboo silk to depict a deep, rich indigo blue ombré motif that fades to white at its edges. Reminiscent of a watercolour brush stroke, the silky ink pile shimmers ass the light hits the threads.
Lola was inspired by the glazed ceramic vessels that David and his daughter Lola decorated in the studio of Montreal ceramic artist Pascale Girardin. Girardin used this same brushstroke approach to create hand-thrown sake vessels for Rockwell Group’s new Nobu Downtown restaurant in Lower Manhattan. The abstract rug composition expresses the same spontaneous movement and flow of brushstrokes that appear on the vessels.
Every one of our rugs is entirely handmade by The Rug Company’s Nepalese weavers, applying ancient techniques passed down through many generations. Using a silk-like fibre drawn from the bamboo plant the weavers make a chunkier knot than average which gives a luxurious the texture to the rugs. This, combined with the dappled lustre of the bamboo silk, lends itself to the tonal nature of Rockwell’s abstract designs.