In the lead up to the launch of this new range of rugs designed by Shaynna Blaze in collaboration with The Rug Collection, the designs had been carefully kept secret. So when I went to the launch of the range I really didn't know what to expect (except that I might meet the lady herself and some of the contestants from The Block...which I did! Everyone was very friendly, but I was particularly struck by how genuinely sincere and how good a conversationalist Shaynna was).
Coral Flower - The Rug Collection
What I discovered at the launch was a collection of six luxuriously thick rugs in a practical neutral colour palette. Shaynna explained how she came to be inspired when she and her husband had escaped for a break to the great ocean road (my stomping ground, so I found it very easy to visualize the concepts Shaynna spoke of). Walking on the beach Shaynna was captivated by the way the ocean carved the sand on the beach and the way the shadows had such depth in the sand dunes as the sun sets. But as well as interpenetrating long views into her designs, Shaynna has included microscopic studies of coral, as very contemporary rugs.
Lapping Sands - The Rug Collection
I think this range is cleverly designed to be very usable in today's neutral colour palette; the rugs will work back with greys and whites which are very much on trend right now. The wool and artsilk blends have been made to a depth and quality that they have been carved to emphasis the details in the designs. Shaynna spoke of how she wanted rugs that you can take your shoes off and feel the details and quality under foot and it's obvious she has succeeded.