Deftly mixing decorative styles and historical eras, Spanish designer Lorenzo Castillo is loved for his individual style that merges the past and the present. His new collection for The Rug Company
exemplifies this skill; the rugs take their inspiration from classical references, but are given a contemporary identity with Lorenzo’s innovative decorative style.
Segovia is inspired by a 15th Century Spanish house called ‘Casa de los Picos’, whose distinctive facade of granite blocks carved into pyramid shaped reliefs has been interpreted into the single plane of a rug. The colour composition of blue, grey and white gives the design depth and a contemporary feel.
Isabella continues this theme; inspired by the Renaissance architecture in Florence, in particular the facade of the Palazzo Strozzi, the rug features layers of cut stone. The optical illusion of the design is achieved through Castillo’s colour palette of muted red and grey.
Escorial echoes the beautiful patterns of 16th Century marble floors found in the Spanish tradition, in a Mediterranean colour palette of ochre yellow and soft greys. The optical hexagons of Graphene is reminiscent of the crystalline structure of its namesake, its angles softened by the pale yellow and grey tones.
“A continuous source of inspiration for me is classical architecture, which I like to rework into a modern interpretation. There is a restraint in my design that comes from my Spanish heritage, but I try to surprise with a fresh perspective. These rugs have a traditional appeal but also feel very contemporary; they can work in many styles of interior’.
The Lorenzo Castillo collection has been hand woven by The Rug Company’s weavers in Nepal using a chunkier knot, resulting in a thicker pile and a lower price band (Price Band 4, R13 950/m2, or R69 948 for a rug measuring 2.74×1.83m / 9’x6′).The collection is available from The Rug Company showrooms and can be custom ordered to suit specific requirements.