Knots Rugs

Bonnie Sutton, Managing Director, Knots Rugs

London-based Knots Rugs is a family-run business operating from a flagship store on the city's prestigious Kings Road in Chelsea. With their distinctive colour palette and British design aesthetic, the Knots team strives to be highly innovative whilst producing rugs of the highest quality. The firm's rich array of work — from the 17th Century Modern collection of reimagined classic rugs to the recent Watercolours design featuring a stunning 86 colours — demonstrate the company's ability to produce varied and remarkable carpets.


1. How would you summarise the range or ranges of rugs that your brand produces?

We produce contemporary, hand-knotted rugs that marry modern designs with the traditional artisan craft of carpet weaving. Over time we have developed modern techniques with our producers to keep ahead of the times and create new complex designs, textures and surfaces. Alongside our contemporary collections we produce an exclusive limited edition collection based on iconic and influential pieces from the 16th, 17th & 18th century. Polonaise, Isfahan and Mughal antique carpets create the base for these rugs. We use only natural fibers to reflect the quality of our product.

2. How would you describe the style behind your brand? What makes it stand out from other brands?

Knots Rugs are a creative luxury boutique rug company creating artistic sophisticated rugs. We have a very distinctive British style and subtle colour palette that seems to set us apart from other rug companies. We have often had the compliment from our traders that they would notice our carpets anywhere in the world, as they are so unique.

3. Where are your carpets made?

Nepal and Jaipur.

4. Who designs your rugs and what has been the inspiration behind some of the latest collections?

Myself Bonnie Sutton, Elisa Kretzschmar and Linny Moss are the designers at Knots Rugs. We live in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, London, and from this we are constantly inspired. Some of our rug designs are taken directly from artworks, others are creations using organic materials, textile projects — pretty much every form of creativity can go into a Knots Rugs carpet from origami to what's on the catwalks in the couture shows.

 

Canvas Original

Marble Original

Mirror Original


5. What is the secret of a successful carpet?

Quality, design and use of colour.

6. Which one of your rugs is your favourite and why?

That's too difficult. There are so many that I like for all different reasons.

7. What kind of interior projects have you worked on in the past or are working on now?

We are currently working on a project with Candy & Candy and the Berkeley Hotel. In the past we have worked on the Fendi Stores in Paris and New Bond Street.

8. Can you describe one/some of the most exciting projects you have worked on in the last five years?

I think it has to be the Fendi stores, going right from their initial concepts to creating the carpets. The process was very involved from the start, we had to interpret their ideas and come up with solutions using our expertise in how a rug is constructed to create the perfect rugs for their stores.
'17th Century Modern' was an amazingly challenging project that took us away from our comfort zone in search of something different. We wanted to re-create the look of an antique carpet with modern imagery hidden within it. It took us two years to create the first piece and the search for the best producers to interpret our ideas. It was a case of trial and error, but in the end we found the perfect match and the first 17th Century Modern collection was previewed at Domotex 2015 followed by '17th Century Classic' in 2017
One of our newest designs, Watercolours is a combination of 86 colours, pastel shades, dusty pinks, pale lilacs, coppery greens, morning blues. The rug is one of the most intricate we have ever created. It took us nearly two years to produce, with a combination of Chinese silk and Tibetan wool and for those looking for an extra touch of luxury, a 100% Chinese silk version.

 

17th Century Modern Classic Mughal

17th Century Modern Tibetan Tiger

Watercolours Original

 

 

9. Are your designs already stocked in China or anywhere in Asia? If not how important is it to you that they are in the future?

Not currently but we have had a consistent amount of interest over a number of years.

10. What new collections are you working on for the future?

We are working on the new editions to our 17th Century Classic and Modern. We are always working on our contemporary collections the next preview of our newest designs will be in September 2017 to co-inside with Knots Rugs 10 year anniversary.