British designer Christopher Farr blends geometric sophistication and modernist notions of beauty with ancient rug weaving techniques in his five DWR-only rugs. The result is a series of elegant pieces that have the power of abstract canvases for the floor. Inspired by such painters as Mark Rothko and Ellsworth Kelly, Farr approaches the floor as the fifth wall to create omnidirectional fields of vivid color and harmonious balance that can enlarge the feeling of a room or bring balance and focus to the elements of space. Slade, named for the Slade School of Fine Art, provides a harmonious three-paneled field of warm and cool tones intersected by an arresting red stripe, and is eminently suitable for domestic or commercial environments. All Farr's designs are hand spun and handtufted of fine wool and manually dyed in small batches to create rich tonal nuances in the strands. Each piece is guaranteed to grow more beautiful with time as the wool's natural lanolin emerges and invigorates the surface, creating enhanced luster over the years. Made in India.
100% Indian wool, cotton gauze backing, Swiss Sandoz dyes.
Educated at the Slade School in England and trained in textiles in villages in Peru and Turkey, Christopher Farr (born 1953) has made his mark as one of today's preeminent rug designers. As a young abstract painter in 1975, he won a Boise Traveling Fellowship to Peru. It was this trip that soon sealed the direction of his artistic life, because there Farr encountered pre-Columbian textiles for the first time and was seized by the magnetism and utility of the 3,000-year-old work. He began to search for ways to marry his love of abstraction to the ancient craft of textile art and spent months designing and making rugs in a village in Western Turkey. With time, his work fused the venerable techniques of hand dying and hand looming with a modernist concern for color and form. The result is abstract wool canvases for the floor.
In 1988 he established the Christopher Farr Company with antique rug dealer and restorer Matthew Bourne. For the first few years of the company's existence, a collection of carpets designed by Farr was sold alongside high-quality antiques. Then, in 1991, the company collaborated with the Royal College of Art in London on Brave New Rugs, an exhibition of rugs designed by the college's textile students. The instant success of this show convinced Farr and Bourne that the future lay in new production, and they went on to devote all their energy and resources to enhancing the profile and status of the contemporary rug. The company now has two showrooms.in London and Los Angeles.which feature Farr's work, as well as rugs designed by Gillian Ayres, Kate Blee, Allegra Hicks, Rifat Ozbeck, Gunta Stolz and Georgina von Etzdorf, among others. Read more >