Vivienne Westwood Manchester
Vivienne Westwood reveals a celebratory rug design for The Rug Company’s 20th anniversary. The Highland Rug showcases The Rug Company’s outstanding commitment to craftsmanship and pays homage to Vivienne Westwood’s affinity with Scotland – creating a timeless, luxury homeware piece.
The new Highland Rug features a special tartan originally designed for the iconic Vivienne Westwood Autumn-Winter 2007 Gold Label collection – ‘Wake up Cave Girl’.For this specially crafted exclusive rug, Vivienne Westwood subverts the traditional motif: the dimensions of the tartan are magnified, to give an oversized graphic feel to the traditional Scottish pattern. Expertly woven in muted royal blue and oyster cream bands, with gold and beetle red feature threads, the rug is hand knotted with fine Tibetan wool yarns.
Each piece is woven entirely by hand, by craftsmen using age-old weaving techniques and the finest natural yarns for which The Rug Company is renowned.The Thistle rug is a gesture to Vivienne’s affinity with Scotland. An abstract graphic of the regal milk thistle, Scotland’s national emblem.Vivienne Westwood has been working with the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) since 2010, and Artisan Fashion since 2015. EFI currently supports the work of thousands of micro-producers from marginalized African communities, empowering these informal manufacturers and craftspeople to enter the international value chain and providing them with a reliable income. This promoted the growth of sustainable business in a place of aid dependency and created stability among these impoverished communities starting from the ‘ground upwards’.