Above: Rug by Jack Teagle
This is the time of year when we start to batten down the hatches. When nights out in Dalston are traded for re-runs of Location, Location, Location and hour long conversations can be held about just how cold and how dark it's suddenly become. So since the great indoors gets all our attention, what could be more perfect than injecting some much-needed colour into the home with some exuberant rugs? Make that the cutting-edge artworks of 11 contemporary artists turned into luxuriously exuberant hand-knotted rugs, assembled into an exhibition by the innovative rug production house Foundation.
Having aptly called it The Rug Addicts, Foundation have challenged the artists to work within the textile medium for the first time, ending up with an array of stunning designs, from the fabulously graphic pop-art of Anthony Burrill and Paul Insect to the surrealistic animal illustrations of Alexone and Jack Teagle. True to their dedication to traditional carpet-weaving craftsmanship, Foundation have produced each design on their looms housed within a 19th century palace in Cairo, with each one-off rug having taken just over a year to create. An additional 20 of each design will be woven as a heritage project here in the UK, making also the work of Pete Fowler, Present, Tomato, Natasha Law (Jude Law’s sister), No Days Off, Si Scott and Yann Brien available to adorn your floors or walls. An overdose of pretty, you won’t need to be sweeping this addiction under the rug.
The collection will be displayed at the Dray Walk Gallery at the Old Truman Brewery from the 2nd to the 6th of November, with a private view on the 1st of November.