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