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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

Handloomed Flatweaves for the New Kimpton Saint George

Lydia Stone

  Handloomed   Creative Matters flatweaves for the Kimpton's suites. Photo: Gabby Frank

Handloomed Creative Matters flatweaves for the Kimpton's suites. Photo: Gabby Frank

When Kimpton opened its first boutique hotel in Toronto last month, its many interior treasures included 21 delightfully artisanal handloomed rugs by Creative Matters. We were proud to be included among the local designers contributing their talent. 

We created the design in our Toronto studio then accompanied it to India where it was carefully made into 21 rugs on equipment that looks hundreds of years old. This video clip shows the time-tested, handloom flatweave tradition involved in the construction of these rugs. 

Handloomed rugs are known for their durability and versatility. Because they are tightly woven in the flatweave method, the pattern is virtually the same on both sides, often making them reversible. In this situation however, we put latex on the back to give the rug more rigidity.

Although the method of production dates back centuries in India, the design we created for Kimpton is a very contemporary twist on plaid. Interiors firm Mason Studio were initially inspired by a sample project manager Ana Cunningham showed them from one of our residential projects (see below). They liked how the rug was flat yet textural at the same time. They also appreciated the multi-tonal fringe.  

  This sample from a past Creative Matters residential project provided the inspiration for the Kimpton design.   

This sample from a past Creative Matters residential project provided the inspiration for the Kimpton design.  

Because plaid designs are not widely used in this particular style of carpet making, designer Anna Panosyan create a detailed threading diagram to show where each colour thread should go for the warp and the weft. Then, because the smooth colour transition was so integral to the desired look and texture, Anna and designer Sandra Ciganic-McKinney travelled to the mill in India to help perfect the set up of the loom. They explained the intricacies of the design and the crafts people made the necessary technical adjustments. 

  A prototype of the Creative Matters flatweave on the loom in India. 

A prototype of the Creative Matters flatweave on the loom in India. 

Note below how we achieved subtle colour transitions in both the warp and the weft threads. The effect is basketweave rather than stripes. 

Mason Studio selected this style of rug so it would add to the residential feel they were creating inside the suites. Woven using visually rich 100% wool, when set in a space with a lot of solid colours, the flatweave elevates the room by adding texture. 

  The Creative Matters rug contributes to the residential feel of the room. Photo: Gabby Frank

The Creative Matters rug contributes to the residential feel of the room. Photo: Gabby Frank

The Kimpton Saint George handloomed flatweaves effortlessly complement the suites' interiors but should a guest dwell for a moment on the provenance of the rug, it is doubtful they will realize just how impeccably crafted they are. 

  The presidential suite with the Creative Matters rug helping to define the separate living area.   Photo: Gabby Frank

The presidential suite with the Creative Matters rug helping to define the separate living area. Photo: Gabby Frank