It wasn't long ago that when one went looking for a rug, the options were limited to vintage, vintage-inspired, and plain allover patterns—that was kind of it. But then in 2010, Cold Picnic joined the contemporary design scene with their abstract rug creations, inspiring a fanatic audience that will now wait hours in line at sample sales for discounted access to their pieces. (That's right, we're not their only superfans.) Since then, a new generation of modern, playful rug designers has taken shape—and we're not talking about the mass-produced stuff. Below are six independent rug makers creating some of the most exciting floor textiles we’ve seen to date.
Husband-and-wife team Lauren and Cole Hansen started hand-making rope and yarn rugs out of their Brooklyn apartment. Besides the bright, geometric patterns, one of the many things that’s special about Ugly Rugly is that they’re not designing perfect squares or circles. Plus, no two designs are alike.
Anne Louise Rasmussen and Maja Marie Halling run this Copenhagen-based design studio, using an assemblage of unusual materials like goat and horse hair to create their rugs.
By day, Lindsay is a Detroit-based graphic designer who handles branding for local caterers and fashion designers. But she also moonlights as a rug maker. This pink-and-tan checkerboard one has been on my dream apartment mood board for quite some time.
Furniture designer Sally Rizzoli’s work is usually of the plywood variety: geometric screens and bookshelves with curlicue edges. But her latest creations are these kidney bean-shaped rugs we can’t get enough of.
For years, Crow has been slinging vintage rugs, but recently she’s trying her hand at making them herself. We love her thin, webbing designs that look like tattoo ink.
Danni O’Brien is a maker and art educator based in Washington, D.C. Her work explores childhood landscapes through the lens of latch-hook rug-making, and the result is fuzzy, fibrous rugs she refers to as paintings.
Feature Image: Ugly Rugly