Alternative Flooring have just launched Quirky B, a lively broadloom patterned carpet collection in collaboration with designers Margo Selby and Ashley Hicks. These wool carpets are woven on traditional carpet looms in the UK.
Margo Selby is a woven textile designer who creates colourful handcrafted fabrics. Her first ever carpet and runner designs for Alternative Flooring are Fair Isle and Shuttle. Both are beautifully crafted in Margo Selby’s trademark three-dimensional style and feature her distinctive graphic patterns in earthy and vibrant colour mixes. The innovative designs are developed on handlooms by Margo in her studio and then woven into broadloom carpets.
‘Fair Isle’ is a pattern carpet and punchy runner with signature Margo Selby motifs repeated in rows. The three colourways (Annie, Sutton and Reiko) are named after female weavers.
‘Shuttle’ is a carpet in a rhythmic criss-cross design named after the Shuttle, the tool that carries the thread across the loom weft yarn while weaving. The three colourways (Silas, Jack and Peter) are named after male weavers.
International interior and furniture designer Ashley Hicks has designed two distinct patterned carpets for Alternative Flooring called Chainmail and Daisy, each with three timeless colour combinations.
‘Daisy’ is a vintage tile-like floral with repeated rows of large and small flowers. Inspired by wall-decoration in an old temple in Sri Lanka, it has a punchy, Pop presence that will inject a touch of 60s glamour into any room.
‘Chainmail’ is a play on traditional hexagon grids, and its interwoven chain links give a dynamic edge to a room. Designed originally for a roomset at Somerset House, its angular geometry would work just as well anywhere.
Quirky B carpets are available in 3.66m wide axminster and the Margo Selby runners in 69cm widths. The composition is a luxurious yet hardwearing 80% wool and 20% nylon with a woven jute backing.
Margo Selby and Ashley Hicks for Alternative Flooring are priced at £95.85/sq.m
The Quirky B collection also includes broadloom carpets in five other fabulous designs: Spotty, Geo and Zebo, Zip and Honeycomb available variously in black, damson, duck egg, grey and moss.
Alternative Flooring, 00 44 (0)1264 335111, www.alternativeflooring.com