From Paola Lenti's Aqua collection come these bold textiles
for use as rugs or wall-hung tapestries. Working with Lenti's
signature rope yarn, designers Patricia Urquiola and Eliana
Gerotto fashioned the flowers and leaves for their Crochet
designs and affixed them to a low-profile backing. 8775
Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048; 310-657-8775; modernliving.com.
American Marazzi Tile
Smooth like a gemstone, Jade ceramic tiles possess the
striking veins and coloration of Oriental slate. The 13- and
20-inch squares come in four natural colors—sage, ochre,
chestnut, and taupe. They are easily cleaned and are just as
appropriate on walls as they are underfoot. 359 Clay Road,
Sunnyvale, TX 75182; 972-226-0110; marazzitile.com.
Metallic tones add spark to these traditional wood-look
floor planks for high-traffic areas or low-key traditional
spaces. Optional faux-stone components present yet another
facet of the ID Moduline collection. An emphasis on modularity
unlocks virtually unlimited mixing and matching possibilities
for lively installations. 2728 Summer Street, Houston, TX
77007; 800-877-8453; tarkett-commercial.com.
Cotton Balls rug
The hand-knotted Big Cotton Balls rug by designer Joanna
Michalowicz is, despite its name, a high-relief rug with silk
highlights. The orange one, which is made in China for the
company's Elements collection, combines wool and silk—though a
neutral-colored version includes some linen yarn. 94-98 Nassau
Avenue, Suite 360, Brooklyn, NY 11222; 914-645-1262; ashacarpets.com.
Bentley Prince Street
and Blinding Light
Here are two boldly named Antron Nylon products from this
California manufacturer: Blaze is a small-scale rectangular
grid, and Blinding Light is that same grid interrupted by a
larger, window-pane pattern. Both are tufted tip-shears in 21
colors; they are designed for traditional corporate or
sophisticated hospitality settings. 14641 East Don Julian
Road, Industry, CA 91746; 800-423-4709; bentleyprincestreet.com.
Zoë Luyendijk Studio
This Canadian designer's ur na 2 collection seems to pose
the question "What does nature look like when no one is
watching?" Her revelatory Baar Carnival carpet blends refined
silk and lush Tibetan wool, hand-knotted by skilled Tibetan
artisans in Nepal. 9161 Avalon Avenue, Burnaby, British
Columbia V3N 4G7, Canada; 604-524-8383; zoeluyendijk.com.
Patterson, Flynn & Martin
This division of F. Schumacher & Co. introduces the
Amalgam collection of Tibetan area rugs. The 15 designs are
woven by hand in the finest wool yarns and are accented with
silk to create a soft and luxurious pile with subtle
gradations of color. 979 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022;
Farr rug collection
Whether it's Calvin Klein's New York flagship, a residence
in London or Tokyo, or a Cistercian monastery in the Czech
Republic, John Pawson's architecture embodies restraint,
sophistication, and innovation. The Interior Design Hall of
Fame member brings precisely those qualities to his first
Christopher Farr rug collection.
His six patterns come from three-dimensional wire-frame
AutoCAD drawings of curved lattice screens. He then compressed
the computer images to form random-seeming two-dimensional
patterns that entertain the eye as it seeks an elusive repeat.
Rendered by hand in Swiss chrome-dyed wool-mohair, the
two-shade flat-weaves are made in central Turkey, according to
a 500-year-old tradition, always in dimensions of 61/2 by 10
feet. Ralph Pucci International, 44 West 18th Street, New
York, NY 10011; 212-633-0452; ralphpucci.com.
With Nantucket I, proprietor Joanna Michalowicz wanted to
evoke "the wind-swept sea, snapping sails, and smooth sand" of
Cape Cod. The wool flat-weave can be transformed with custom
colors. It sells in virtually any size. 94-98 Nassau Avenue,
Suite 360, Brooklyn, NY 11222, 914-645-1262; ashacarpets.com.
Vapor is a highlight from this West Coast studio's Mist
collection. Like a hazy, languorous L.A. sunset, Chris Baisa's
design in pure Himalayan wool in vermilion and aubergine is
moodily expressive. Custom sizes and colors can be
commissioned. 536 14th Street, Suite 4, San Francisco, CA
94103; 800-282-8961; delinear.com.
Using pure hand-spun wool, weavers in Katmandu, Nepal,
spend an average of three months on rugs like Amdo, a
patchwork of jewel-toned stripes. The same design can be
custom-colored and expanded up to 24 by 32 feet. 364 Blodgett
Street, Cotati, CA 94931; 800-910-3000; endlessknotrugs.com.
Trimmed by hand and washed with herbal soap, the
Tibetan-style Horizon runner takes earthy inspiration from
Tibet's neighbor, India. The 16-foot green runner, which is
hand-knotted wool and silk, recalls the traditional tie-dyed
turban cloths of Rajasthan. 3710 Silver Southeast,
Albuquerque, NM 87108; 505-265-0144; joanweissman.com.
This designer loves the city, she says, except when "she
can't stand it." Joint Heat, part of her City Collection, is a
knowing riff on urban grit and contradictions. Tibetan
artisans use wool blended with refined silk to knot the
carpets in Nepal. 9161 Avalon Avenue, Burnaby, British
Columbia V3N 4G7, Canada; 604-524-8383; zoeluyendijk.com.
This growing studio's verdant Bamboo Blossoms handmade
carpet is 100 knots per inch. The interlaced tropical motif of
flowers and leaves is olive, rust, or Nile-blue Chinese silk
planted on a background of luxurious pure Tibetan wool pile in
cream. P.O. Box 1807, Litchfield, CT 06759; 860-567-5201; emmagardnerdesign.com.
The Vittorio Collection's damask designs blend silky
viscose yarns with New Zealand wool for rich rugs in
champagne, regal red, or mahogany brown. The rugs feature an
overall tone-on-tone pattern subtly framed within a
rectangular border that reverses the colors. 335 Summit Road,
Eden, NC 27288; 800-848-2020; karastan.com.
Fort Street Studio
The Walton carpet from the New Traditionals collection
modernizes classic Oriental patterning. The melon color shines
on a background of warm gray; both tones are rendered in
hand-knotted Dandong silk dyed in small lots using colorfast
European dyes. 578 Broadway, Suite 506, New York, NY 10012;
We're floored by eco-friendly Regatta. It's made from
solution-dyed Zeftron Solure nylon that's certified Enviro6ix,
assuring a minimum of 25 percent recycled content. The
textured-loop carpet comes in 13 colors. 201 Princeton
Boulevard, Adairsville, GA 30103; 800-451-1250; bolyu.com.
These Tanka designs by Jhane Barnes are solution-dyed and
accented with bold stripes. Saturated-rust and chocolate
backgrounds sport royal-blue and lime-green bars, while red
bands play off neutral fields. The patterned-loop broadloom
comes in eight colors. 311 Smith Industrial Boulevard, Dalton,
GA 30721; 706-259-9711; tandus.com.
Think inside the box with Square Routes, a vividly
multicolored wool carpet with a repeating geometric motif. The
design is hand-knotted by Iranian weavers in Gabbeh, in sizes
ranging from approximately 4 by 6 feet to 10 by 14 feet. 25
East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016; 888-696-5480; apadanany.com.
Modern Collection - KB-3
The Sonet Modern Collection introduces nine new designs
that complement this manufacturer's traditional carpet line.
The Asian-made KB-3 pattern plays a Tapis Aubusson cut-pile
against the low profile of a complementary tapestry-weave.
Nonstandard colors and sizes are readily available by custom
order. 979 Third Avenue, Suite 1102, New York, NY 10022;
The solution-dyed nylons for these natty coordinates are
born in the company's own extrusion facility. Moraine is a
large-scale striated pattern in a dozen colors for
high-traffic locations. Tundra, a companion insert, presents
twice as many color choices. 435 Willow Street, P.O. Box 745,
Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada B2N 5G2; 800-248-2878; crossley.ca.
The Zip Rug is a winsome assemblage of colorful felt
modules in brown, light brown, green, and orange pure wool
felt. They can be used singly, of course, or zipped into a
nearly endless number of combinations. 29 Ninth Avenue, New
York, NY 10014; 888-278-2855; vitra.com.
Puppy love inspired Livingston, the 38-ounce tip-sheared
and skein-dyed broadloom named for designer Judith Ingall's
pooch. The carpet comes in 17 colors, ranging from neutral
Bone to purple-and-green Go Fetch. 272 Kraft Drive, Dalton, GA
30722; 800-359-4508; fortunecontract.com.
|* This company has an enhanced listing!