Lebanese couturier Elie Saab has collaborated with The Rug Company to create some textile works of art.
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Having already paved the way by working the likes of Alexander Mcqueen, Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood, The Rug Company has completed another collaboration with an inspired and respected designer, but this time they’re from our neck of the woods. And though describing an Elie Saab rug may not come as instinctively as reporting an Elie Saab on the red carpet, such a brand extension is not actualy as incongruous as it probably first appears. That’s because the Lebanese couturier has has previously demonstrated the ability to deviate from his core business with a limited edition X5 for BMW in 2003, and a Weyves Couture luxury yacht for Oceanco in 2010. Expertly woven by hand by The Rug Company’s weavers in Nepal, using age-old weaving techniques and the finest natural silk yarns, Saab has created three rugs in all, and each takes its design direction from themes that recur within his signature aesthetic: foliage, floral motifs, texture and abstraction. ‘In Bloom’ features oversized florals in shimmering silk tones of teal, gun metal and green, while abstracted leaves in raised silk yarns float on a matte wool background of the same colour in ‘Lace Leaves’. ‘Brushstrokes’ depicts a more masculine, modern abstraction of painterly strokes in gradient tones of grey. Choices, choices. Prices range from 19,000 USD to 22,000 USD