Lately, when shopping during skin rugs, designer Shea Soucie of Chicago-based Soucie Horner, Ltd. has construct herself bored. "It struck me that skin carpets across the industry were entire identical similar," she tells AD PRO. "They were too woven or they were patched together. So, how could we translate that differently?"
Answering that question became a scheme during Shiir rugs, a carpet company that is the originate of a collaboration amid Soucie Horner and the third-generation Oscar Isberian Rugs. "My brother and I make been importing, designing, and selling fairly Oriental rugs during the persist 35 years," says Isberian. "The habit dates experience to our grandfather."
"We make deep roots at the handmade blanket business, and across those roots, we commerce with a destiny of inside designers and architects," he explains. "So we got into this collaboration with Shea during we understand what a good carpet is and how it’s made and who can invent it the best, when during we’re no necessarily the experts at the colors or trends."
So, Soucie and her companion Martin Horner worked with Isberian to age recent updates can the fairly rugs Isberian's family had been importing during his grandfather started the commerce at the 1920s. alike those historic rugs, these were greatly woven at silk or wool, until the company's latest launch.
"Shiir, during us, from a create standpoint, has been an exploration of material, technique, and texture," Soucie tells AD PRO. "As a designer, when we started can the line, I wanted to start up with something that was only at the marketplace. to me, texture had to motivate that conversation. Then we construct different techniques and fibers to translate those textures and carry them to life. after four years of exploring woven fiber, skin was another substance that we could receive on."
The goal, during defined by a appropriate pairing of strategic and original expertise: to invent something that looked decidedly different from anything else can the market. The originate is a group of eight designs that heal sumptuous skin at unexpected ways: Layered, laser-etched, and stitched to originate at an array of options that carry an unexpectedly graphic peculiarity to an organic medium.
On the Breton, gentle hair-on-hide gets a type of tartan treatment, because of linear cross-stitching; the Hawksbury marries traditional beading with an unconventional overlapping during an unexpectedly luxe result. Several—including the Essex, an early translation of which made its debut at Philip Mitchell's latest Kips bay Decorator appear family room—combine Shiir's woven technique with skin during a deeply textural material.
"The patchwork-style rugs and layering them onto even woven was a avenue during us to achieve a different appear by mixing mediums," Soucie explains. It was during well an simple avenue to achieve one of the line's most important offerings: customization. "As an inside designer, it never even crossed my worry no to invent it a habit line," says Soucie. "You make to custom-size, custom-color at least at bid during designers to feel alike it’s a produce during them."
"With the patchwork styles, if someone wanted a really large, habit rug, it’s about endless—the chart can exist done at any size," she says. "And even though we make a concrete chart we pursue at making the rugs, we could modify it if the designer wanted something different. so we can invent it more habit without changing the initial concept."
Ever the creative, Soucie and her visions even promote the envelope of traditional customization. "We did the Holborn during a wall hanging during a client, where we started with a denser number of patches and then it gradually got less and less so it looked alike it was friendly of tricking off," says the designer. "And we’ve even used the Breton can upholstery. Thinking about these rugs about during textiles, the application becomes more broad. I count that's what makes it so fun—designer clients can look them applied at different ways."
Shiir skin rugs are now available at showrooms; shiirrugs.com
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