Es­sen­tials

Le­banese cou­turier Elie Saab has col­lab­o­rated with The Rug Com­pany to cre­ate some tex­tile works of art.

Bespoke - - THE CONTENTS -

Home p.12, Her Key Look p.14, Her Ac­ces­sories p.16, His Pack­ing List p.18, His Swimwear p.20, His Shoes p. 22

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

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