contact us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right.

532 Annette St
Toronto, ON, M6S 2C2
Canada

4169349771

CREATIVE MATTERS INC.

INSPIRED FLOOR AND WALLCOVERINGS

Our mission is to design and create exceptional, original, high quality and ethically produced floor and wallcoverings

Narrative Threads

2015 trends for custom carpets and custom wallpaper

Lydia Stone

As far as we are concerned, the most important shift for 2015 is our new website. We’ve made it easier and more inspirational for interior designers to browse our custom carpet portfolio as well as our carpet and wallpaper collections. We’ll be updating it constantly with photography of our latest feats in custom interior design but if, in the meantime, you’d like to know what our designers are predicting for the upcoming year, read on …

Colour Trends in International Markets

Working in the custom carpet business for over 25 years, it always delights me to work in a country for the first time. Part of the fascination is to discover the specific colour inclinations of that country. In Brazil I suspected they would want bright red tones, but no, cool greys were of most interest. However, I have found there is always a need for strong clear colours in Bermuda and the Caribbean because greys and browns look dull in that setting. Interestingly, even for area rugs in Canada, there are significant differences between the cities of Vancouver and Toronto. Vancouver with lush rainforest located nearby can handle more intense colour, whereas Toronto area rugs tend towards more subtle tones.

Carol Sebert, President

CMI area rug designs using strong clear colours Art Day concepts by CMI designer Tiffany Wu

CMI area rug designs using strong clear colours
Art Day concepts by CMI designer Tiffany Wu

The most subtle tones appear in these three area rugs chosen for a Toronto home. Left: CMI designer Ange Yake Centre: CMI designer Clémence Hardelay Right: CMI designer Clémence Hardelay

The most subtle tones appear in these three area rugs chosen for a Toronto home.
Left: CMI designer Ange Yake
Centre: CMI designer Clémence Hardelay
Right: CMI designer Clémence Hardelay

Ice forms

Considering design inspiration for unique carpets, I see the captivating shapes of ice - from the majestic glaciers of the north to tiny crystals in their molecular form - continuing to inspire. Cool neutrals are the catalyst that instills a quiet sophistication to these complex structures. Contour lines captured in vast, icy landscapes offer a soft contrast to the hard-edged facets.

Ana Cunningham, Creative Director

Top left: sugar crystals Bottom left: glacier Top right: frost Centre left: Art Day concept 1001 by CMI designer Clémence Hardelay Bottom right: Art Day concept 2189 by CMI designer Ashley Solymar

Top left: sugar crystals Bottom left: glacier Top right: frost
Centre left: Art Day concept 1001 by CMI designer Clémence Hardelay

Bottom right: Art Day concept 2189 by CMI designer Ashley Solymar

Colour Blocking

A huge trend in fashion design for the past few seasons, colour blocking is when multiple blocks of solid colours are worn together in one outfit. The concept is simple but the effect can be very dramatic. We are now seeing colour blocking transition into interior design and custom carpets are a great way to incorporate this trend into your home!

Sarah Stevenson, Senior Designer

Top left: Corporate Lobby in Toronto, ON with IBI group. Handtufted in Thailand, wool & silk. Designed by CMI designer Tiffany Wu. Bottom left & top right: Carpets designed by CMI designer Ana Cunningham Bottom right: photograph by Creative Matters Logistic Manager Julie Baldwin

Top left: Corporate Lobby in Toronto, ON with IBI group. Handtufted in Thailand, wool & silk. Designed by CMI designer Tiffany Wu.
Bottom left & top right: Carpets designed by CMI designer Ana Cunningham
Bottom right: photograph by Creative Matters Logistic Manager Julie Baldwin

Handmade carpets

Internationally renowned trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort recently republished an essay predicting that craft products will flourish in 2015 as a way of getting back to our original selves in an ever-more complex and information-riddled society. Handknotted carpets are a perfect example of a craft that will increasingly attract the computer-weary and comfort them with the tactile pleasure of natural fibres. With this in mind, late last year, we announced our Natural Dye Carpet Collection - area rugs handknotted in Nepal with the Tibetan knot weaving technique, adopted from Tibetan refugees forced to flee the Chinese invasion in the 1950s. Organic dyes from hand harvested plants stirred in open pots add to the ritualistic qualities in the making of the craft object which Edelkoort says will become more important.

Julie Baldwin, Logistics Manager

Percolate in Mulberry, handknotted in Nepal, 100% organically dyed wool. Carpet designed by CMI designer Ange Yake.  

Percolate in Mulberry, handknotted in Nepal, 100% organically dyed wool. Carpet designed by CMI designer Ange Yake.
 

Soft Geometry

The painterly trend will continue into 2015 with sketched, watercolour and block printed geometrics. They'll appear in full colour in fashion and as quieter calmer textures on area rugs and wallcoverings. Loosely repeated hand drawn stripes, blurred dots and intersecting lines will be prominent.

Leah Phillips, Art Director

Top left: Art Day Concept 1046 by CMI designer Tiffany Wu Bottom left: Art Day Concept 2065 by CMI designer Tiffany Wu Top right: Carpet design by CMI designer Ali McMurter Bottom right: Block print from CMI Art Day workshop

Top left: Art Day Concept 1046 by CMI designer Tiffany Wu
Bottom left: Art Day Concept 2065 by CMI designer Tiffany Wu

Top right: Carpet design by CMI designer Ali McMurter
Bottom right: Block print from CMI Art Day workshop

Graphic Tribalism

Last year was strong with Berber area rugs, and this trend will continue in 2015 getting more powerful through graphic tribal patterns and details. Contemporary zigzags, softened by sophisticated and delicate tones, will be woven into timeless dhurries.

Clémence Hardelay, Senior Designer

Top left: Art Day Concept 887 by CMI designer Ange Yake Bottom left: Art Day Concept 911 by CMI designer Tiffany Wu Right: Dhurrie, cotton and worsted wool + silk cut pile, Creative Matters & Chapi Chapo Design.

Top left: Art Day Concept 887 by CMI designer Ange Yake
Bottom left: Art Day Concept 911 by CMI designer Tiffany Wu
Right: Dhurrie, cotton and worsted wool + silk cut pile, Creative Matters & Chapi Chapo Design.