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 range of mesmerising rugs, including this Persian hand-knotted silk Cato Lilac design.
In a stunning palette of gradating purple shades with the fascinating texture of mosaicked tesserae, the creation foregrounds a distressed, aged appearance. In doing so, it not only calls attention to millennia of history and the passing of time but breathes new life into such ancient markers 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.