Casa Latina is always on the lookout for interesting new designers with unique home-related ideas and products. So we are pleased to introduce Tania Johnson Design’s four stunning hand knotted rug designs. The earthy but contemporary patterns are inspired by intricate details of nature – among them delicate plays of light, shadows and reflection. The designer, Tania Johnson, portrays these elements through meticulous color choices, very high knot counts, and combinations of silk and wool that create nuanced textures and sheens.
“As an avid world traveler and photographer I have found my rug designs to serve as the perfect canvas for capturing memories from my travels. The inspiration for the patterns often comes from the subtlest details of my own photographs – rain falling on tree branches, or a close-up of a Nepalese Buddhist shrine. The colors and materials allow me to translate these small frozen moments into usable pieces of art,” said Johnson.
Bringing The Outdoors In
Each of these rugs – Reflected Trees, Textured Daisy, Branches, Drops of Light – pushes the boundaries of creative and technical possibilities. The designs benefit from Johnson’s penchant for very low pile heights. This detail offers an added layer of luxury and a supple and sumptuous surface quality that is equally pleasing to the eye and to the touch.
An image of trees reflected in a lake. As the sun moves across a lake, an image fleetingly appears only to be replaced moments later by a new pattern. The use of warm colors and blending of different shades with varying percentages of wool and silk in a single knot recreates the beautiful interplay of light and movement in the original photograph.
A daisy’s shadow falls on a stony path, creating a softly blurred flower pattern on a textured ground. Subtle shades of color are finely knotted in wool to create the blurred edges while an uneven silk grid is layered on top to add movement and sheen.
Drops of Light
Light is captured as it falls in drops. Through the use of high knot count and tonal shades, the delicate nuances of light are recreated within the lemon colored wool ground, while the drops shine in silk.
Tree branches in the rain are viewed through a gauzy mesh. Made from pure silk, the rug gradually shifts and transforms from an intricate design to a sheen of olive green tones as one moves around it.
About Tania Johnson Design
Founded by Tania Johnson in 2010, Tania Johnson Design specializes in custom made, contemporary, hand knotted rugs. The collection is inspired by the natural world, the way light creates shadows and reflections, the microscopic details found in nature and the infinite textures created through layering. Johnson creates ethereal designs and translates them into intricately woven rugs. The collectable pieces feature original, cutting-edge designs, and are hand knotted by artisans in Nepal using lustrous combinations of silk, wool and pashmina.
The New York based, British born designer graduated from London’s Royal College of Art with a Master of Arts in woven textiles. For more than 14 years Johnson designed textiles for such top home brands as Martha Stewart, Chilewich, Vera Wang, and Calvin Klein Home. As a designer for Calvin Klein Home, Johnson created the brands’ first rug collection in 2002. This further developed her passion for innovative rug design.
To view the entire Tania Johnson Design collection, please click here.