One of the biggest name in rug design and manufacture in the UK is The Rug company. Set up by Christopher and Suzanne Sharp in 1997 The Rug Company have only but prospered in the rug market. In the beginning the rug market was filled with old rugs descended from old traditional persian rugs. Their mission was to inject originality and design into the rug market and that is exactly what they have down. I'm sure they aren't the first to do it but they have collaborated with many fashion designers on their rugs. Original versions of Paul Smith's candy-striped Swirl, Vivienne Westwood's ineffably British Flag and Marni's brilliantly bold Margherita are becoming increasingly collectable. Hopefully, people will look back on this period and see that it was an interesting time for rugs, says Christopher. All of their rugs are made by Tibetan weavers based in Nepal, each rug is spun, cleaned, dyed and knotted entirely by hand, in ethically sound conditions.
Christopher says: We set out to do one thing and we have stuck to it. We make great rugs. Not furniture, not tables, not chairs, just rugs.