Captivated by the recent chance discovery of a magnificent Roman villa’s ruins on the site of his Wiltshire home, bespoke rug designer Luke Irwin has exquisitely transcribed the serendipitous encounter into a stunning collection of mesmerising rugs, including this Persian hand-knotted silk, Cato Ivory design.
In a gentle palette that combines cerulean blue and aged ivory hues with the fascinating texture of mosaicked tesserae, the creation foregrounds an artfully distressed appearance. In doing so, it not only calls attention to millennia of history and the passing of time but breathes new life into an ancient symbol of luxury.
TRADITION & INNOVATION
Each stage of the rug’s construction – from carding and spinning the fibres through to carving and finishing – is achieved entirely and ethically by skilled hands in India. Combining time-honoured techniques with innovative perspectives, the piece is an enchanting portal between past and present.