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H&G cover star Kelly Wearstler releases a new range of rugs

Kelly Wearstler teamed up with The Rug Company – presenting the new collection at Lloyd Wright’s iconic Sowden House

By House & Garden South Africa | June 21, 2022 | Design

Kelly Wearstler has built a glittering career on her contemporary approach to design. It can be said that her talent stems from an ability to fuse chic aesthetic references with relaxed Californian energy, resulting in a multi-layered experience that ultimately makes you feel good. The Surreal Shifts collection marks the 9th collaboration between Kelly and The Rug Company and depicts the interior designer’s signature style through eight new designs.

Kelly Wearstler District Silt, Wavelength Rust, Avant Graphite and Cascadia Fawn rugs for The Rug Company. Courtesy of The Rug Company

A common thread that runs through Kelly Wearstler’s designs is her dedication to uniting contemporary and historical styles. From powerful dynamic motifs to soft painterly patterns, each design in this collection presents a bold new vision. However, each rug maintains an ongoing passion for fusing unexpected motifs, colours and textures into an unmistakable Kelly Wearstler design.

Kelly Wearstler Wavelength Rust rug for The Rug Company. Courtesy of The Rug Company

The mise-en-scène of this collection is the iconic Sowden House in Southern California. In true Lloyd Wright style, the architecture of this building appears mathematical as symmetrical concrete detailing takes centre stage, offering a nod to the ancient Mayan pyramids. Like the collection, the consistency in this location is tranquil.

Kelly Wearstler Cascadia Clay rug for The Rug Company. Courtesy of The Rug Company

Reminiscent of the traditional Shan Shui style of painting, ‘Cascadia’ is inspired by Wearstler’s travels through the Yangtze River in China. Crafted on a warm wool base, silk threads appear as fine brush strokes, which form a hazy mountainous motif. Available in two colourways, ‘Cascadia Clay’ and ‘Cascadia Fawn’ both exude a natural sense of calm. While the former features blush hues, the latter exhibits earthier tones. However, both present a sense of hope and sanctum as lustrous metallic threads depict sunlight beaming from behind the mountain.

Kelly Wearstler Avant Graphite rug for The Rug Company. Courtesy of The Rug Company

With a bold geometric motif and lustrous colours, ‘District’ epitomises Kelly Wearstler’s creative world. Taking inspiration from the front cover of her book, Evocative Style, irregular angular shapes form into a refined entity. Colours have been meticulously coordinated to replicate the painterly effect of the original artwork and demonstrate a layered appearance. ‘District Silt’’s soft tones contrast with gold and black accents, while ‘District Spruce’ flaunts cool greens and silvers – both are sophisticated with an edge.

Kelly Wearstler District Spruce rug for The Rug Company. Courtesy of The Rug Company

As its name suggests ‘Wavelength’ is inspired by the visual fluidity of a 3D graph. Crafted on a soft wool background, the motif is woven in silk, forming a distorted wave effect that appears as if the grid has been softly pinched and manipulated. Available in two colourways, ‘Wavelength Rust’ features a rich bronze accent on a classic neutral background, while ‘Wavelength Marine’ offers calming blue tones. Adapted from a classic Wearstler motif, ‘Avant Graphite’ depicts a fractured stripe design. The intricate silhouette has been crafted in a silky thread and set against a neutral wool background to appear like a once compressed piece of paper now smoothed out. The effect is elegant but casual and is rich in texture and depth. This rug is also available in a unique shape that follows the edge of design, making it the first of its kind.