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On display at Decorex is this Julien MacDonald rug produced by Capitol Carpets of Chelsea. It is being auctioned and the proceeds will go to Breast Cancer charities supported by the designer.RW

Send sealed bids to: 

Jody Atkins

Capitol Carpets
2b Chepstow Road
Notting Hill
London W2 5BH

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ImageJan Kath’s new gallery opening in Stuttgart featured a magic carpet skating past, giving the assembled throng the chance to admire not just the fine art and workmanship of the rugs on display, but also their heelflips and ollies, dude. RW


The work of Italian artist Paola Pivi is currently on view at The RockbundArt Museum in Shanghai until the 9th September. This is the artist’s first public exhibition in China and includes many of her most eye-catching works. The most pertinent of which to rug and textile watchers being her 2010 work “What Goes – Art  Comes Around” in which a series of 24 fake fur rugs are installed in rotation. ImageImage

The exhibition continues the artist fascination with ambiguity and contradictions, as she herself says “feelings like lightness and weight, smoothness and violence, warm and cold, seriousness and absurdity, singularity and mass.” Indeed. BE


Should we have a staff shoe at COVER? Yes. Time to start that e-petition so COVER’s big Kahuna will buy us a slew of Kiyoshi Yamamoto’s hand printed leather textile shoes from the 2012/13 season of the Aurlandskoen shoe company.

The ancient Norse warriors who named the land where Aurland shoes are made weren’t ones for hyperbole. UNESCO has since declared the area a World Heritage site, but the Norsemen named it “Gravel Land”. Really? Gravel? Accurate but not the poetic moniker the sublime landscape deserves.

The shoes pictured above, a bit of a cross between a Blue Meanie and a fluffy cloud, are just one of Yamamoto’s designs. We quite fancy the dogstooth too. A graduate student working on his MA at Bergen Academy of Art and Design where the student/staff ratio is 3:1, Yamamoto’s textiles are revelatory. Be sure to have a good rummage round his website.

“The Original Aurland Cabin Shoe” is a moccasin-like design. Local man Nils Tveranger began making them in the early 19th century after being inspired by Native American moccasins. They quickly became identified with the region and produced by many Aurland makers, although there is now only one manufacturer, Aurlandskoen, and the shoe we see today is a refined model dating from the 1930s. DJ


Blanket from the Teixidors & Zuzunaga collection

As part of London Design Week in September, designer Cristian Zuzunaga and Spanish textile firm Teixidors will reveal the fruits of their collaboration at Tent London at the Old Truman Brewery, E1.


Pillows from the Teixidors & Zuzunaga collection

The home textile collection bring the best of both’s work to the fore with Zuzunaga’s strong colours and signature reductionist designs and Teixidors undoubtedly material and woven quality. Elements that did not escape the attention of the judges at The ICFF Editors Awards in New York in May where the collection won the prize for Best Textile in the show.


Cushion from the Teixidors & Zuzunaga collection


Close up of blankets from the Teixidors & Zuzunaga collection


The Teixidors & Zuzunaga collection

The new issue of COVER is out now featuring beautiful rugs from By Henzel, Gothenburg, New York’s Inigo Elizalde, Sahrai, Milan, Rug Star’s ECO Collection and the best from recent international fairs – imm Cologne, Domotex Hanover, Maison et Objet etc. Interior designers Kelly Hoppen, Andre Fu, Jiun Ho, alongside Paul Vowles from Wovenground and Richard Zolt from Stark Carpet share their views on the ideal carpet. Textiles come from Brazil’s Claudia Araujo, Armaggan and Tulu Textiles, two top Istanbul brands. We also look at the Ikat trend, the rudest of rude rugs and so so much more…


COVER Issue 20 will focus on Creativity – an important factor for all designers. This focus will form a discussion point for Guest Editor American handweaver Sam Kasten. He will examine the nature of creativity and the role of the artisan in our society through interviews with a select group of textile artisans and their customers, architects and interior designers, including Douglas Mackie, Douglas Durkin and Calvin Tsao. Inspiring textiles artisans Sheila Hicks and Eunsuk Hur will be the focus of special profiles.

The second focus of the issue will be September’s London Design Festival. Our article ‘Secret London’ will reveal new and hidden talents happening in the capital; we hope to open you eyes to some fresh names and faces! We preview the LDF shows across the city and London talent is also celebrated with a look at the textile work of weaver Margo Selby and exciting contemporary carpet producers Knots Rugs, who produce Florence Broadhurst design carpets alongside their own striking collections.

Looking to carpets: Nilufar is releasing new limited edition rugs by Italian architect Caturegli Formica in October, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson designs for Marta Måås-Fjetterström and we shall be covering the hot-off-the-press Timorous Beasties rugs for Brintons.

Furthermore, top international interior designers William Sofield, New York and Kelly Wearstler from Los Angeles, offer us the lowdown on style and substance.