Suggesting hints of classical architecture, the faded impressions of a monumental border surround clouded silhouettes in the Cumulae Caractacus rug from Luke Irwin – an intriguing, mosaic-like design inspired by the serendipitous discovery of a magnificent, ancient Roman villa lying beneath the designer’s Wiltshire farmhouse in 2016.
Rather than a simple pastiche of Roman mosaics, this fascinating floorcovering calls attention to the evolution of eras. Taking the trend for an aged, distressed aesthetic to dramatic new heights using an innovative oxidising technique, the Persian hand-knotted wool creation is transformed into a powerful trigger for the contemplation of 2000 years of history and an enriched perspective into our own age.
Seven stages of artisanal expertise accomplish each rug. From carding, spinning and dying the fibres to shaving the pile with scissors, the process – entirely executed by hand – requires several months of meticulous crafting ethically performed in India. The result is a truly individual work of art with patent heirloom potential.