Vivienne Westwood At The Rug Company

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British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood’s latest collection for The Rug Company sees her combine her sense for bold designs with her undeniable love of heritage.

First up is her well known affinity for Scotland’s traditional fabrics; back in 1993 she created her own tartan and named it after her husband and design partner, Andreas Kronthaler. In her new collaboration with The Rug company that love for Scotland continues with the Thistle rug, which features an abstract graphic of the milk thistle, Scotland’s national emblem, hand-knotted with silk yarns on a Tibetan wool background. For her Moiré design, she looks to her fashion roots as she takes a traditional fabric technique she has used on ball gowns and velvet suiting to create a monochromatic fluid water-like design. Her third print looks to the English rose garden. Here we see her rose illustrated in a soft watercolour technique, its details emphasised by the hand spun Tibetan wool yarns, which are knotted by hand to create the rug.

The collection is available exclusively from The Rug Company showrooms.

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