I have always loved interiors, but my passion for rugs really started when I was at university. The designs are beautiful but it’s the process of rug craftsmanship that interests me. There is a physical process behind rug creation, especially hand tufted craftsmanship - that’s a real skill. There’s a lot of versatility - designs can be simple or complex. It’s art in a beautiful rug, it really pulls a room together.
Following my graduation in 2011 I spent time supporting rug designer Helen Yardley and her team at Decorex International in London. I’ve also been part of several local exhibitions, sold pieces locally and through my own website.
In early 2014 I had the chance to exhibit at Domotex after my rug entitled Monach had been shortlisted for a competition with manufacturers AfghanMade. I was a finalist in this and my design was handknotted by their team in Afganistan and is on show in my living room today!
I returned to Domotex earlier this year when I was contacted by blogger Michael Christie ‘The Ruggist’ to design a collection for a collaboration between manufacturer Sarawagi and yarn supplier Aquafil, using their sustainable ECONYL®. I was delighted to be part of the first ever hand-knotted rug.