Set your room in the right direction with the perfect floorcovering, writes Jennifer Veerhuis
You could say Yosi Tal knows rugs from the ground up. His company Designer Rugs, which recently celebrated its 30th birthday started out making its floorcoverings by hand in the innerwest suburb of Marrickville.
“Most other rug people are simply importers and go to other countries and buy what’s available,” Yosi says.
The company which he founded with his parents Eli and Nurit has been at the forefront of Australian rug design ever since.
Now based in Leichhardt, the company also has showrooms in Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland.
These days, the company sources artisan rug makers from Nepal, Tibet, India, Malaysia and China using New Zealand wool, silk, bamboo silk and even hemp to create their designs.
What truly sets them apart though, is their commitment to Australian design. They regularly collaborate with leading designers such as Oscar-award winner Catherine Martin, fashion design duo Easton Pearson, Dinosaur Designs, Akira Isogawa, interior designers Greg Natale and Meryl Hare and indigenous artist Minnie Pwerle, as well as in-house designers such as Christine McDonald.
Yosi says he knew the moment when his company had hit the big time. They got an urgent request for a rug for the Pope’s visit to St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in 1986.
“They said, ‘Can you please make it for us very quickly?’ and it went really well,” Yosi says. “Then we told people we had made a rug for the Pope.”
Now their rugs can be seen at Parliament House in Canberra, hotel foyers, resorts, high commissions and embassies s in Australia and around d the world.
“Emirates has only two six-star resorts in the world, one in Dubai and one in the Blue Mountains, Wolgan Valley,” Yosi says.
“They chose us to manufacture all the rugs for Wolgan Valley.”
At the same time, the residential market for their bespoke and standard rugs continues to thrive.
“We’ve done a lot of incredible homes across Australia and all over the world,” Yosi says.
“A lot of our work is domestic and a lot of people love the fact that we use Australian designers.”
And they are not limited by size either, with Yosi saying rugs can be
The Hare & Klein range of rugs plays with imperfect patterns.