MEET THE MAKERS
Riviere Rugs was founded in 2005 by Camilla and Leo Riviere. With backgrounds in art and design, they have a thorough understanding and appreciation of classical and modern architecture, paintings and interiors. Having also travelled extensively around the world, their inspiration draws heavily on all these experiences. During their travels in Asia, they fell in love with the craftsmanship involved in rug making and they have decided to create their own collection of rugs which is entirely handcrafted in Riviere’s workshops in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal and in India.
Finchatton has collaborated with Riviere on several projects in the UK and internationally. Riviere is the first in a series of makers to be profiled in conversation with Finchatton. We asked Riviere for some insight into their rug design, where they draw inspiration from and some top tips for selecting a rug.
What makes your products so unique?
Riviere is able to offer its portfolio of designs in a vast range of colours and in an extensive range of yarn, including Tibetan wool, pure Chinese and Tencel silk. We also offer a fully bespoke service to create something truly unique for each client. Riviere rugs are unique – combining craftsmanship and creativity to produce pieces that are original, beautiful and will last for generations. In an increasingly mass-produced world, we are proud to be part of a highly skilled artisan tradition.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Although we avoid trends and fashions our rug designs are influenced by classic and modern architecture, art, historical fabric patterns and prints. Our rug designs go on to become modern classics for both contemporary and traditional interiors.
The collections reflect a passion for modern classic design and understated elegance. Much of our creative inspiration comes from various mediums such as artworks, for example Designs Rothko, Moma and Raku are inspired by the brushstrokes of mid-century abstract impressionist Mark Rothko. Designs such Octopussy or Allegra are influences by fabric patterns such as damasks and ikats. Traditional designs Royal Pavilion and Earl Grey are inspired by antique Persian and Mughal carpet motifs. Nature also plays a role in designs such as Sairee which resembles sand or Blossom inspired by Japanese cherry blossoms. Designers Camilla and Leo riviere are continuously developing new designs and techniques.
What are your top tips for selecting a rug?
The starting point for decorating a room is often the floor as it is one of the largest areas of a room and the foundation of the whole scheme. Rugs not only add warmth and character to a room, but most importantly draw all furnishings tightly together to create a more conversational pattern. Considering rugs in the early stages of design development can provide a starting point to which all other furniture pieces are coordinated around its colour, pattern and size.
When choosing a rug, first and foremost we start with the purpose, for example whether it is for residential or commercial use? Hallway or sitting room? Then ask if the rug is to be a statement piece or sit quietly to blend in the backdrop? It’s important to understand the use of the rug when considering the range of materials available. We may suggest more wool for durability in a hallway, country home, or chalet. Whereas more silk for a bedroom, city apartment, or formal reception room. The composition of the rug really affects the look and feel of the space so this is something we can advise on. These questions help to establish what style is best suited. Once the design is chosen, whilst keeping in mind the schemes and mood-boards, we refer to our pom boxes which are an essential part of the process. We have a library of over 2000 colours to choose from. From our experience some rug designs are more suited for a particular space than others. For example, hallways have the tendency to be unwelcoming spaces, so a statement bold geometric rug design can create a visual pathway that draws the eye in.
For living spaces, we always advise to go for the largest size rug you can afford to maximise its calming effect. It is best to place at least the front legs of furniture such as the sofa 1/3 to ½ onto a rug as it will avoid the floating rug/postage stamp effect where you have a small rug in the middle of the room touching no furniture.
A rug can bring colour, texture and style to the dining room. For example, sticking to a neutral rug gives the freedom to add pops of colour to chair fabric. Bedrooms should offer a calm retreat to restore energy. A rug can offer warmth to soften hard wood floors, a silk rug especially feels incredibly soft under foot, whereas wool is especially good for acoustic.
Choosing between a solid or patterned rug depends on the room’s decorating scheme and establishing a balanced overall look.
Are you working on any exciting projects at the moment?
We are currently working on a few projects with Finchatton and some private client projects in Chelsea and Kensington. Each commission is unique to the project and does not follow any prescribed design formulas or models. Our brands have a shared ethos of classical luxury, finest materiality and traditional craftsmanship which is what makes all our projects with Finchatton elegant and timeless.
Explore more about Riviere’s work here.