An­thony Collett (cen­tre) and An­drzej Zarzycki’s ( far right) rugs for Christopher Farr are be­spoke and cov­etable. As four of the stu­dio’s de­signs, by Georgia Collett ( left), are made avail­able to buy for the first time, she dis­cusses her process and insp

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What’s your back­ground? Be­fore be­com­ing se­nior de­signer at Col­let­tZarzy­cki, I stud­ied fash­ion and tex­tiles at Cen­tral St Martins and then tex­tiles at the Royal Col­lege of Art. Be­fore switch­ing to in­te­ri­ors, I worked as a print de­signer in the fash­ion in­dus­try for a num­ber of years. Ex­plain the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind this new range… Ab­stract ex­pres­sion­ism, the work of Anni Al­bers and Amer­i­can folk art. To be­gin with, I played around with mark mak­ing on loose sheets of pa­per.

What was the next step? I pho­tographed these draw­ings and put them into the com­puter, ad­just­ing the colours, scale and com­po­si­tions. Each pixel of the im­ages then be­came trans­lated into a sin­gle knot for Christopher Farr’s ar­ti­san rug mak­ers. They se­lected the best ma­te­ri­als for each de­sign. ‘As­sem­bled Stripe’, for in­stance, is made from Afghan wool, which takes colour in a won­der­fully ir­reg­u­lar way, ac­cen­tu­at­ing the ges­tu­ral brush­strokes. ‘Ink Stripe’, mean­while, is made from silk, which adds a sub­tle shim­mer.

What about the colours? We felt that it was im­por­tant to keep the rugs neu­tral and mono­chrome, so that they could work with many dif­fer­ent styles of fur­ni­ture. Plus, the pat­terns are so bold, it works well if the colours are more sub­dued. Pic­tured above: ‘Brush­stroke’ rug, £14,165, Christopher Farr (christo­pher­

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