The latest introduction by Melbourne-based carpet- and rug-maker Tsar is a high-concept exploration of the themes of energy and optimism that effectively blurs the lines between applied design and fine art.
Comprised of 25 bold patterns, the series was conceived during Covid lockdowns and was inspired by the designers’ solitary walks and meditative excursions. Incorporating natural textures and patterns (think cracked earth and moss growing on rocks), unique fibre combinations, new layering techniques and seamless gradient transitions, the collection is at once playful and mesmerizing.
A layering of depths and textures defines Rize (shown above left, in Marle), which takes cues from the smooth and sturdy lines of New Mexican pueblos – the stepped design contrasts carved lines with tight loops. With Coda (shown above right, in Berry), an undulating zigzagging pattern is accented by fade tufted chevron stripes, giving it a dynamic and exaggerated optical design.
A translation of fleeting summer sunsets, Paradiso (shown above left, in Sorbet) features a complex gradient of soft candy hues with a plush high pile. Inspired by rock formations, shorelines and tide pools, Cleo (shown above right, in Fire) reimagines lush moss into bright floral patterns set atop a surface that mimics the dappled effect of light reflecting on water.
Complex stipples combined with saturated neon hues gives Lucy (shown above left, in Sherbert) a surreal and faded effect. With Muse (shown above right, in Blue) a seemingly simple bulls-eye motif is heightened by a gradient border that plays on the ever-changing moon cycles and its shadows.
Each rug is hand-tufted using 100 per cent New Zealand wool, undyed wool, Tencel, ribbon yarn and Lurex (a super-shiny light-reflecting yarn with metallic properties); the collection marks the brand’s first time employing both refined fading techniques to achieve new gradients and ribbon yarn as a material to create sculptural rug dimensions.