THE RUG DE­SIGNER AMY KENT

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Amy Kent set up her own rug com­pany in 2005 af­ter she spot­ted a gap in the mar­ket while work­ing in in­te­rior de­sign. ‘By far the hard­est item to source for clients was rugs,’ she ex­plains. ‘I couldn’t find any in­spir­ing de­signs that were rea­son­ably priced and good qual­ity.’ Now, she works from a stu­dio at her home in Wilt­shire. The sur­round­ing mead­ows are a rich source of in­spi­ra­tion. ‘My pat­terns are of­ten in­spired by leaves, stones, flow­ers and trees, but the geo­met­ric de­signs come from ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures I see ev­ery day, such as iron rail­ings in Lon­don.’ Kent’s lat­est col­lec­tion, ‘Art on Rugs’, is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with her sis­ter Lucy Kent, a painter. ‘I asked her to make 11 ab­stract art­works that I could trans­late onto rugs,’ she ex­plains. The de­signs, made from a mix of wool and silk, are made com­pletely by hand in In­dia and Nepal. £850 per square me­tre (amykent.co.uk).

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