The magic carpet
Forget Ikea ladies and gents. Surrey-based Andre Figueiredo Rugs works with local artists to produce statement rugs that are as stunning as they are practical.
Bold and beautiful carpets are an excellent way to introduce colour your space – and create a striking result. Call it the magic carpet effect, or just call it style, but there’s no doubt that a statement rug has the ability to transform a room.
Interiors in 2018 are all set to embrace bold – alongside sage green walls, metallic accessories and statement ceilings (!!) – and I can’t think of a better way to bring bold to the boring than with a beautiful rug that’s been created from an original piece of artwork.
So without further ado I bring you Andre Figueiredo. He’s a Godalming-based multi-media artist, and the creator of stunning handmade rugs. Andre has a passion for beautiful things and a desire to support local artists and designers to produce these stunning results. You might remember this limited-edition rug he created in 2016 with Cranleigh artist Stephen Hornsby-Smith.
Now he’s teamed up with another Cranleigh artist, James Thompson, to create this beautiful rug from his original linocut print All The Rage. This isn’t a rug you’ll find in any old carpet shop – it’s original art.
James says the pair met by chance when Andre came into the Ochre Print Studio in Guildford where he was working. Someone suggested that James’ prints would produce beautiful rugs – and it was the start of a beautiful friendship. Already the pair are planning a second rug.
The rugs are handmade in either Nepal or India by highly-skilled artisan rug makers using traditional techniques. Andre says there are two techniques for making rugs: hand-tufted and hand-knotted. The hand knotted method, made in Nepal, takes twice as long as the tufted method, made in northern India – and rugs are priced accordingly.
All The Rage was hand-knotted in Nepal, measuring 4ft by 7ft at 100 knots per square inch. But remember people, these rugs are more than just a bit of wool to put under your coffee table. These are investment pieces and they’re all about making a statement. And what a statement you’ll make with All The Rage on your living room floor!