Introducing the Atelier by Monsieur Christian Lacroix Collection

Like a comforting carpet that has always been in the family home, a lucky pebble carried everywhere in your pocket, a travel book that accompanies you on your journey full of inspiration, notes and discoveries - Christian LaCroix

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Firmly established as a champion of couture, Monsieur Christian Lacroix joins Ege carpet to create the Atelier Collection - A homage to the classic European influence of Lacroix's upbringing in Arles, France.

Divided into three acts, Atelier explores the textures and visceral memories of Lacroix's history through Textile, Mineral and Gravure. Textile feels perhaps the most familiar to the fan of Lacroix's work, as Velours offers the shadow and light of a Christian Lacroix original gown. In this collection, you can discover detail that are both old world and new concurrently, inspired by Lacroix's fascination with textiles from a global range of cultures.

Mineral, part 2 of the collection, homages the ancient cobblestones of Lacroix's home town of Arles, France:

"The carpet not only dresses floors but also softens them, makes them warmer, less noisy, covering slabs and stones which, for centuries, have provided one of the main decorative elements of the residences of yesteryear. Sometimes rustic, sometimes sophisticated. Sometimes opulent, sometimes modest"

Submerging the viewer entirely in the whimsy and brilliance of Lacroix's mind, Gravure celebrates a riot of vignettes of memory - 19th century chateaus, etchings and plate illustrations of women and butterflies and a riot of woodland mystery. 'Papillons' creates a riot of colour and movement, with ballooned clouds reflecting the ballooned skirts of the genteel woman walking below. 

With multiple colourways and styles available, the Atelier by Monsieur LaCroix collection is available now exclusively to RC+D. Contact us today for your downloadable guide.

 

Silk, wool or viscose? The quality difference in rugs.

A rug is an investment in your space. The cozy acoustics created by the pile, the soft underfoot feeling as you kick off your shoes, and the eye catching lustre of the threads can add the edge to a beautiful interior in the way only quality can. So when looking for a high quality rug, material is one of your first considerations.

At RC+D, we have four main types: Silk rugs, Wool rugs, Bamboo Silk rugs or Blended rugs. The material, as well as the way it is made and the size, dictate the price point of a good quality rug.

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SILK RUGS

Found across the antique showrooms of the world, traditional and Oriental rugs and carpets fetch their coveted status for a reason. While also handknotted and therefore artisanal made, many antique and vintage rugs and carpets are made of pure silk, and reflect the beauty of rugs as an art investment as well as accessory. 

Silk is gathered from silk worms, either the bombix mori who eat only Mulberry leaves (Hence sometimes the name "Mulberry Silk") or wild silkworms. The silk spun from these worms is incredibly fine, and like wool able to hold up to 30% of its weight in water without feeling damp. True silk rugs will have a high knot count, which we cover in our Hand knotted or Hand tufted? blog post here and the lustre you would expect from such a stunning material - Another way to tell the difference between real silk and artificial is to rub it vigorously: Real silk will get warm, while artificial silk will stay cold!

Choosing a silk rug is definitely an investment, as there is no material quite like it. However, this luxury comes with a few considerations. For example, silk needs to be placed out of sunlight to prevent deterioration and fading, and shouldn't have heavy furniture placed upon it. For this reason, pure silk rugs are ideal for "showcase" pieces - placed in rooms with less foot traffic, and when allowed to stand alone they are a stylish asset to any modern home.

WOOL RUGS

An environmentally conscious, hardy and beautiful material, wool rugs are our largest range for a reason. Sourcing from pure NZ and Himalayan wools, a high quality wool rug is an ideal asset to most spaces. Wool is clipped from sheep who are not only unharmed by this practice, but generally benefit from it, where it is then spun into a soft and hardy material. The lanolin found in wool that keeps the water off sheep prevents stains from penetrating the wool and also makes wool flame resistant: Perfect for children's rooms and high traffic areas.

Due to the organic shape of the threads, wool rugs also trap allergens from the air, where they can then be safely be vacuumed up. While less costly than silk, the price point of wool rugs is dependent on the quality of the wool - What may seem to be a bargain might actually be due only to the poor quality!

BAMBOO SILK

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While relatively new, bamboo silk is taking the textile industry by storm and can be found in a range of soft furnishings, bedding and clothing. Made from the cellulose found in the pulp of bamboo, bamboo silk is an organic material sustainable from the start: Bamboo is naturally found across the globe, incredibly easy to grow with minimum watering, and creates a material delightfully soft and silky to touch.

This sustainable natural, and the relative ease of processing can make bamboo silk a great option for those seeking the feel and lustre of true silk but without the higher price point. Quality bamboo silk rugs can be dyed in a variety of colours, textures and pattern and last beautifully as an investment piece. 

BLENDED

Blending materials allows us to take the benefit of different modalities and combining them to make a beautiful rug with resistance, colour and softness to suit a wider range of needs. Our most common luxury blends are silk and wool, which allow the toughness of wool to allow the lustre of silk to be available in more highly trafficked areas. While you might have sought out a pure silk rug, a Silk Wool rug means your rug will keep it's beauty for longer, become more resistant to stains, and reduce the cost of your investment still with all the luxury and feel of silk.

For a more budget friendly option, our wool and cotton viscose blends offer the stain resistance of wool with the lower price point of cotton viscose while keeping a stunning modern rug pattern or colour. These blends are an ideal choice for when the budget won't stretch for a larger area rug, or if you frequently change your style. 

 

Related: The importance of Colour Theory in Interior Design

The importance of Colour Theory in Interior Design and Rugs

Colour has been linked to emotions and psychology for centuries, and can add their own feeling to a room without any other influence. For this reason, successful interior design relies heavily on the ability to match, contrast and reflect colours that invoke the right mood for the right space, as well as looking pleasing to the eye when combined.

Apart from the walls, the floor space of a room is one of the biggest canvases to use in interior design. Beyond the soft underfoot feel of a quality rug, the colour choice you make for your rug can have huge prevalence over the success of your design. Beyond colour, texture and size is also important, which we outline in our Choosing Your Rug page found here.

Today, we're choosing to focus on colour and how Colour Theory works. If you cast your mind back to any high school art class, you might remember the colour wheel, and how the spectrum of colours sit next to and across from others. This positioning is what makes or breaks colour combinations, and how we can influence colour to work in a design. Check out this fantastic chart from the University of Makeup which breaks down common Colour Theory styles:

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THE BASICS

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Colours

The wheel consists of three types of colours, which are broken into Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colours. 

PRIMARY: Red blue and yellow - These colours can not be made by mixing other colours

SECONDARY: Orange, Purple and Green - these colours made by mixing the Primary Colours 

TERTIARY: Tertiary colours are achieved by combining primary and secondary colours

 

Tone, Shade and Tint

We can further influence colours by adding a neutral tone (Black, white or a mix of both) to a Primary, Secondary or Tertiary colour.

TONE: Adding a neutral grey to a tone to slightly darken it

SHADE: Adding a neutral black tone to darken the colour

TINT: Adding a neutral white to lighten the colour

Tones, shades and tint all depend on the addition of black or white to a colour. Rug: 'Wall'

Tones, shades and tint all depend on the addition of black or white to a colour. Rug: 'Wall'

 

Warm and Cool Colours

Apart from true neutrals, colour can be described as being "warm" or "cool" depending on the mix within the colour to influence it's outcome, and the placement of the colour on the colour wheel.

WARM COLOURS: Reds, oranges and yellows are generally considered warm colours. They add brightness and vivacity to a colour, creating the difference between a dun brown and a chestnut brown - the prominence of yellow and red in the chestnut brown adds depth and as a result, warmth, to the colour.

COOL COLOURS: The influence and dominance of blue in a colour usually dictates the color to be considered a "cool" tone. For example, a green can be warm (e.g Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2017 "Greenery") as it has a great deal of yellow in it, whereas more blue will make the colour closer to a Pine green or Army green, cooling it down.

 

APPLYING THESE TO INTERIOR DESIGN

 

Complementary and Split Complementary Colour Schemes

A complimentary colour scheme takes two colours that sit directly across from each other on the colour wheel, and in the case of Split Complementary, a second shade is chosen close to one of the original shades to add depth to the scheme. 

An example of split complimentary colours - The soft blue works with the two shades of warm orangey-beige. Complimentary colours do not need to be bright in order to add interest to a room

An example of split complimentary colours - The soft blue works with the two shades of warm orangey-beige. Complimentary colours do not need to be bright in order to add interest to a room

Triadic and Tetradic Colour Schemes

Slightly more complicated, triadic and tetradic schemes bring in a third (triadic) and fourth (tetradic) colour but unlike split complimentary, all colours are an even space apart on the colour wheel. Triadic schemes are often seen in spaces for children, with the colours usually being bright, happy primary colours that add an extra pop to the design. Tetradic colour design can use brights, but may also tone down to suggest age or history, such as design influenced by Indian, South American or Nepalese design.

Tetradic colours schemes are busy, but when executed correctly can create an incredible space that sings with personality and energy. Rug: 'Geo Century' in Multi

Tetradic colours schemes are busy, but when executed correctly can create an incredible space that sings with personality and energy. Rug: 'Geo Century' in Multi

COLOUR AND MOOD

If we look beyond the science of the colour wheel, colours have always held significant meanings dependent on culture and country. For example, through a Western eye red may be an aggressive tone, Red in China is considered a colour of luck and favour, with many traditional wedding dresses made in stunning red hues to bring luck to the new couple. Generally speaking however, we can divine a general meaning to each colour and the mood it sets based on its psychological impact to humans at large.

'Metal Screen' rug in Blue. Hand knotted NZ wool and cotton viscose

'Metal Screen' rug in Blue. Hand knotted NZ wool and cotton viscose

BLUE: Intellect and communication. Promotes calmness, clarity, serenity and efficiency. For this reason, blue is a popular colour for workspaces, and compliments well with whites and beiges.

'Shells' rug in Green. Hand knotted Himalayan Wool and Silk blend

'Shells' rug in Green. Hand knotted Himalayan Wool and Silk blend

GREEN: Refreshment and peace. Earthy, harmony and balance. Green sits in the centre of the spectrum to the human eye, meaning it requires no further balance from the brain: Long story short, green is naturally restful to the eye and is a soothing and organic tone to use.

 
'Rabat' rug in yellow. Hand knotted NZ wool and cotton viscose blend

'Rabat' rug in yellow. Hand knotted NZ wool and cotton viscose blend

YELLOW: Emotions and positivity. Yellow is creative, friendly and encourages extraversion and good self esteem. Modern design sees a great use of canary yellow teamed with trendy grey, suggesting a stylish pop of happiness to a space that is otherwise neutral.

'Cane Weave' rug in Red and white. Hand knotted 100% NZ wool

'Cane Weave' rug in Red and white. Hand knotted 100% NZ wool

RED: Physical energy and stimulation. Considered a masculine colour, red is about courage, strength and excitement. For this reason, you can find a lot of bold uses of bright red in gym branding and interiors, to get patrons motivated and physically pumped.

 
'Melody' rug in Rose/Grey. Hand knotted bamboo silk and wool blend.

'Melody' rug in Rose/Grey. Hand knotted bamboo silk and wool blend.

PINK: Tranquility, nurturing, warmth, love, sexuality and vulnerability. A tint of red, pink soothes rather than invigorates, but is best used as an accent - too much pink can quickly feel claustrophobic and physically draining.

'Shadow Lights' rug in Black/white. Hand knotted 100% bamboo silk

'Shadow Lights' rug in Black/white. Hand knotted 100% bamboo silk

BLACK: Sophistication, seriousness, efficiency and substance. Clearly popular in up market establishments, black quietly suggests power and menace, adding a calculated chic look to any interior.

British Designer Tom Dixon Lays London At Our Feet With EGE

The Industrial Landscape Collection is a striking new collaboration from EGE and Tom Dixon, a collection of seven unique designs that mark Dixon’s first foray in designing such an extensive carpet collection.

Now available from RC+D exclusively in Australia, Industrial Landscape is Dixon’s first ever carpet collection, produced with EGE. As a native Brit, Dixon evokes the gritty character of London, exploring the vivid images of London’s backdrop. From billowing clouds of industrial smoke, to glazed bricks, and deteriorating cobblestones, the collection reflects a raw and rough image of industrialisation.

Dixon describes the collection as, “a series of patterns and textures that come naturally from the building process or the erosion process,” visible in London’s cityscape. The ever-present river Thames is a strong motif through the collection, as are the scuffed cobblestones and railway tracks.

He goes on to say, “Colour is a very powerful thing as a pattern, particularly when you use it in large expanses.”

The Industrial Landscape collection features predominantly earthy tones, greys, muted teals, and blues, with the option of multiple colour ways for each design. It is how these colours are used that makes the collection so striking, with their textures placing a piece of London right under our feet.

RC+D is excited to bring the Industrial Landscapes collection to Australia, fresh from its launch at Stockholm Furniture Fair.

Available both as broadloom and tiles, the collection allows for versatile customisation. There are eight standard qualities available for broadloom, and four standard qualities available for tiles.

In partnership with EGE, the Industrial Landscapes Collection carries patented Ecotrust felt backing and is comprised of regenerable ECONYL® yarns produced from fishing nets, making the carpets 100 per cent green.

Classical Rugs Get A Revamp

Classical patterning and vintage rugs are making a come-back with a beautiful, new distressed look. RC+D reveals the story behind this old-meets-new style.

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We’re all familiar with the distressed look in fashion – that worn-down, super soft denim look that feels lived-in and ultra comfortable. It’s no surprise that it’s filtered through to interiors in soft furnishings, such as rugs and carpets. It brings new colour and antique authenticity to any interior design, building in popularity to the point that, what began as a traditional homage to antique rugs, is now an enduring trend in carpet design.

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The distressed look first originated through the revival of antique classical rugs. Not only was this an economical way to invest in a beautiful original rug but it was a smart way to recycle something old into new.

Bringing original handmade classical rugs back from the brink, rug producers would source antique rugs from Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and surrounding countries, celebrating the rugs’ traditional patterns – faded and worn with age – by applying a modern twist of distressed patterning and trending colour tones.

Often valuable and beautifully aged, each carpet would be skillfully distressed to carry a completely unique combination of traditional pattern, treated with contemporary colour combinations and carefully applied distressed patterning.

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Nowadays the distressed look is so popular that rug and carpet producers are designing distressed patterns from scratch. Classic patterning is carefully crafted and coloured to achieve that fresh-meets-faded aesthetic.  

The result is a complete one-off, dynamic, character-filled rug design that exudes a soft sheen – thanks to fibres of viscose, silk and linen often used when creating the distressed look.

Perfect for summer and a great way to bring quality finish and beautiful style into an interior space.