Lauded for her innovative techniques, international designer Michaela Schleypen originated filigree rug sculpting as a way of developing a new three-dimensional visual language rarely seen before. Her skill for sculpting materials as if she were a jeweller combined with her fine colour graduation turns her rugs into fashionable artworks for floors.
Schleypen’s work is often described as floor couture. Her new Tweed collection celebrates the cutting-edge of a classic cloth. It’s a nod to Chanel. It’s tweed boldly and beautifully reinvented for floors.
Each tetris-like cube is hand sculptured and carved in relief to give a full three-dimensional experience. These are technically accomplished and complex designs comprising many shades to create a striking pattern. Colourways are Brit Pop red and green and Old School blue and grey. Materials contrast New Zealand wool with lustre cotton.
Schleypen’s rugs are handmade using a dense tufting process with traditional fibres such as silk and wool into which she mixes unexpected materials including lustre cottons, neon, denim threads and precious stones. If that isn’t enough to revolutionise rug making, she even creates her own unique colour-scale.
It is the heady mix of the prescribed and the unforeseen, the innovative fusion of fashion and interiors that makes her rugs so highly sought after and desired.
Michaela Schleypen’s work is exclusively represented in the UK by FRONT.