Rug Maker and Ptolemy Mann rented The Gallery, Craft Central, in Clerkenwell, London to show off the new 2015 collection of Gelims.
Inspired by flatweave Gelims discovered in Northern Iran Ptolemy sourced dyers and weavers who were able to achieve elegant and mesmerising blending of colours.
Visually soft and feathery yet strong and graphic, almost Rothko-esq, this collection is a beautiful example of Ptolemy’s ‘chromatic minimalism’ celebrating an ancient technique which until recently had been forgotten.
Created with Ptolemy’s unique signature sense of colour these are truly original designs. Hovering between fine artworks and functional design they evoke a sense of timeless craftsmanship.
Designed by Ptolemy Mann and made by Rug Maker.
Recently Julian Blair from Rug Maker and Ptolemy Mann, a contemporary textile artist visited Varanasi, India.
The main purpose of the trip was to expand our popular range of hand made gelim rugs designed by Ptolemy.
Varanasi is ‘real’ India, one is assaulted by heat, constant ‘Oxford street’ crowds, life and death on the river Ganges and colour, which inspires all our rugs.
All our Gelims are hand made form 100% wool and each piece from the dying of the wool to weaving and then washing takes six weeks
Our new Hot Spice colours have been inspired by the textiles one sees every day in the villages and towns of Uttar Pradesh
Celebrate 150 Years in 2015 of the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with Exclusive New Rugs from Rug Maker.
Created to celebrate 150 years since the first publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the quirky illustrated themed rugs truly encapsulate the essence of the characters. Specifically chosen by the British Library, Rug Maker have been granted an exclusive license to reproduce artwork by John Tenniel from the Library’s original collections. The exclusive new range offers the perfect way to introduce the captivating appeal of the well-known literary classic into interiors.
Inject a touch a style to living spaces by adorning floors with the statement rugs, for the ultimate combination of luxury and warmth beneath feet. Transform the iconic rugs into art by displaying them on the wall for an eye-catching decorative centrepiece that is a guaranteed conversation starter at every Mad Hatter’s tea party. Skillfully handcrafted from 100% New Zealand wool, the artwork for ‘The White Rabbit’ and ‘Alice, Drink Me’ rugs has been taken from the original first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The new collection pays close attention to detail, featuring the instantly recognisable ‘Drink Me’ bottle and pocket watch that appear throughout the timeless children’s book.
The monochrome designs are hand woven in the Kathmandu valley in Nepal by highly skilled Tibetan and Nepalese weavers who hand knot Swiss aniline dyed New Zealand wool onto cotton warps and wefts. Rug Maker are supporters of ‘GoodWeave’, a global non-profit organisation that assure child labour is not used in the manufacturing process of these rugs.
both designs can be made in any colour required and larger sizes, contact us to find out more
Alice design Drink Me and The White Rabbit rugs both priced at £695.00. Dimensions: 120 x 100cm.
The White Rabbit rug shown in colour, costs £1,050 including vat. Dimensions: 180 x 120 cm.
Rug Maker offers a fully bespoke service allowing rugs to be created in any colour and size.