Earn your design stripes with the fiercest motif in the interiors world
The interiors world has fallen in love all over again with the motif of the Tibetan tiger, first brought over to the West in the 19th century. Perhaps it is its symbolism? Yogis once saw the image of the tiger as a protective force, with the animal shielding them from the dangers of the world. Surely we could all appreciate a helping hand at the moment. The finest modern example of the popular pelt-like style of tiger rug can be found at Liberty Oriental Carpets (from £525; libertyorientalcarpets.com). For those who would like a protector that fits more easily into a minimalist home, there’s also the navy and white ‘Tiger Rug’ by Dylan Martorell for French design brand Moustache (£879; moustache.fr). Or, to nod to the trend, try the ‘Saber’ cushion from London’s House of Hackney (above, £195; houseofhackney.com) – a portion of the profits from each cushion sold goes to Panthera, a charity dedicated to the conservation of the world’s wild cats. They protect us and we protect them. There’s a pleasing synergy to that.