We are thrilled to announce the Sarabande Collection in collaboration with The Rug Company. With a shared passion for craftsmanship and the arts, Sarabande and the Rug Company bring five new designs based on the works of Sarabande alumni Castro Smith, Michaela Yearwood-Dan, Stephen Doherty, Mircea Teleaga and Shinta Nakakima.
With each rug unique as the artist themselves, the rug designs celebrates the work of these five outstanding, independent creatives who have been supported by the foundation – each a master of their craft. The Rug Company worked alongside each of these five artists from different disciplines to create art pieces for the floor, transposing their individual visions into this masterful collection.
Each rug reflects the unique skill and creative art of its designer - delicate paintings are transposed to silk and wool rugs, while a silversmith’s hammering and chasing skills are transformed into a hand-carved silk design, with every rug demonstrating the phenomenal skills of artists without limits.
In a fusion of European and Japanese craftsmanship, award-winning jeweller Castro Smith is renowned for his intricate and often whimsical engravings. Castro draws inspiration for this design from the heritage of our rugs: Cascade transfigures the beautiful Nepalese skyscape into an otherworldly scene depicting billowing clouds that merge with dynamic birds. This union is emphasised through a careful blend of wool and silk.
Mircea Teleaga is a Romanian-born artist who is recognised for his paintings of transcending landscapes, characterised by a warm darkness and inspired by the environment that surrounds him. Limen presents an elusive effect, influenced by Mircea’s signature layering style of using oil paint to raise the organic motif from the canvas. Crafted in a fusion of wool and silk, Mircea’s design is rendered to create a hazy, unrestrained appearance.
Like its name, Euphoria explores intense elation through a vibrant cacophony of botanical patterns that swell around the border of the rug. Artist Michaela Yearwood-Dan is known for her observations of society and self, expressed through sumptuous paintings and collages. The art piece is crafted in a kaleidoscope of silk threads, leaving a centre of pure wool, symbolic of the emptiness that can often follow euphoria.
In a delicate palette of watercolours, Anemone sees six ethereal flowers floating across the composition of the rug. Stephen Doherty is a multi-disciplinary artist recognised for his musings on nature, community and ritual presented through sophisticated ink illustrations. To transpose the sensitive nature of this motif, silk threads are woven to form petals and then gently hand carved to create a luminous effect.
With an affinity to organic movement and flow, Shinta Nakajima has inspired the world of silversmiths with his uniquely detailed objets. Smooth lines cascade across Hibiki and intertwine to form nestling magnolia seeds. Crafted entirely in soft silver metallic silk, Shinta’s naturalistic motif has been carefully hand cut to emulate the effect of seeds growing and flourishing.