THE RUG DESIGNER AMY KENT
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).