The Rug Company Designs By Martyn Lawrence-Bullard
Celebrated interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, known for his illustrious work across Los Angeles and around the world, has collaborated with The Rug Company for his second collection of handmade rugs. British born and LA based, Martyn’s broad range of glamorous interiors led to his five new rugs, which draw inspiration from Palm Springs and the swinging sixties.
“I’ve been really inspired by the Palm Springs lifestyle, the great mid-century architecture, the wonderful history of the Rat Pack, the country clubs, the Zsa Zsa Gabors, Dean Martins, and the glamorous bygone days of the desert. There’s something there that’s so magical.”
During his research for the new collection, Martyn looked to the American actor, Steve McQueen and his wife, Ruby’s timeless elegance and style. Martyn drew inspiration from the couple’s desert home in Palm Springs to create Stevie Mac, a wool and silk design with a raised motif, rich in texture and dimension.
Studying an exclusive enclave in Palm Springs, Martyn carefully explore the intricacies of the estates and meticulously translated fine details into rug form, which is highlighted in South Ridge. Available in two colorways, palm green, and candy pink, the design features a graphic motif which is meticulously hand carved in Tibetan wool and silk polka dot detailing.
The pattern on a cravat that Martyn purchased from a vintage shop provided the inspiration for Coachella, which evokes the hedonistic style and swag of the sixties. The design is also a nod to Martyn’s road trip to the world-famous music festival in California.
Drawing on Martyn’s long-standing affection for Moroccan decoration, Marrakesh, named after the vibrant North African city, explores his passion for travel and exoticism. The design echoes the intricate, geometric detail and patterns frequently found in Moorish architecture and specifically, Riads found throughout the city of Marrakesh. The rug is hand-knotted in a cool, neutral color palette.
All designs are handcrafted using ancient techniques, from the finest natural materials for which The Rug Company is renowned. The collection will be available exclusively from The Rug Company’s showrooms from January 2019.