CAR­PET COLOUR

Thanks to de­vel­op­ments in dig­i­tal print­ing, you can now choose coloured car­pets from a lim­it­less pal­ette

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IN­SPIRED BY NA­TURE

Flow­ers and fo­liage have in­flu­enced the de­sign of car­pets through­out its his­tory, and sin­u­ous trails, sprig mo­tifs and stylised plant forms con­tinue to fea­ture in our most pop­u­lar pat­terned car­pets. Wil­liam Mor­ris is the best-known car­pet de­signer and, although he lived over a cen­tury ago, his pat­terns con­tinue to be re­vived and rein­ter­preted to­day. Mod­ern artists make new de­mands on car­pet mak­ers to pro­duce their ideas as closely as pos­si­ble to the orig­i­nal and while over 30 colours can be in­cluded in car­pets wo­ven on Axmin­ster looms, dig­i­tal print­ing o ers a lim­it­less pal­ette. Print­ing on car­pet is a new tech­nique and un­til re­cently only pos­si­ble with syn­thetic car­pets. Fi Dou­glas be­lieves that her com­pany, Blue­bellgray, is the first to print de­signs on pure wool pile. ‘ With dig­i­tal print­ing you can make sub­tle marks,’ she says. ‘ It lets you put a paint­ing onto a rug.’

ABOVE LEFT ‘Noir Ruskin But­ter­fly’, 80 per cent wool, 20 per cent ny­lon, £ 89.99 per sq m, Ti­morous Beast­ies Col­lec­tion, Brin­tons ABOVE RIGHT ‘Chris­tine’ printed rug, 100 per cent wool rug, £ 990 for 230 x 170cm, Blue­bellgray RIGHT ‘Straw­berry Meadow Pea­cock’ car­pet, 100 per cent wool, £149 per sq m, Quirky B Lib­erty Fab­rics, Al­ter­na­tive Floor­ing

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