House style

El­e­vat­ing rugs to an art form

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - 04.03.17 - Talib Choudhry

Ate­lier Fevrier’s rugs are ex­quis­ite in form and pat­tern. very few are rec­tan­gu­lar or cir­cu­lar (why shouldn’t a car­pet have a jagged edge?), and they look good enough to hang on a wall.

this fresh take on rug de­sign is the work of toulouse-based for­mer fash­ion de­signer F lori an Pretet and his wife, lisa. the cou­ple met in Kath­mandu in Fe­bru­ary 2010 (hence the name Ate­lier Février), where lisa worked in mar­ket­ing for a fash­ion e-tailer. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from de­sign school, Flo­rian was with the French lux­ury house Her­mès for three years, reg­u­larly trav­el­ling to its cash­mere-pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Nepal.

‘it in­spired me to want to de­sign some­thing closely re­lated to fash­ion, but not nec­es­sar­ily clothes,’ he says. ‘i wanted to cre­ate some­thing that would re­flect my draw­ings just a si drew them on pa­per. rugs seemed the an­swer, es­pe­cially given the ex­per­tise in Nepal.’ Ate­lier Février launched in 2015 (af­ter ‘the courtship, then the mar­riage, then two ba­bies’) and the re­sult­ing rugs fuse mod­ern art with tra­di­tional de­sign. F lo­rian’ se lab or ate pen­cil sketches are scaled up, then hand-knot ted by a fam­ily firm in the Hi­malayas us­ing the finest ti­betan wool and Chi­nese silk.

‘it takes a team of 50 peo­ple sev­eral months to pro­duce each rug,’ says lisa. ‘the dyes are made us­ing plants na­tive to the Kath­mandu val­ley, so the whole process is eco-friendly.’

Very few are rec­tan­gu­lar or cir­cu­lar – why shouldn’t a rug have a jagged edge? the atel ier ’s s e c ond c ol le c t ion, Hélios, was in­spired by as­tron­omy and ce­les­tial maps from the 15th cen­tury. A de­sign called surya (‘sun’ in san­skrit) feat ures g...

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