fashion house Burberry Oriental rugs
It is a rare occurrence to be chosen to collaborate with famous fashion house for a one off project that uses antique carpets as their main design. It is not normally seen in carpet business, as even selecting only one rug is a long and slow process, due to the many initial consultations involved. However, at the beginning of 2014, imperial rugs had the opportunity to work alongside fashion powerhouse, Burberry, on their autumn/ winter collection. The aim was to source more than 100 antique and decorative rugs and kilims in limited space of time. The end product was fine fashion handbags made from these wonderful pieces by paying attention to details in both design and colour. The process started by first finding rugs with relevant colours and designs that will match the final outcome the designers had in mind. Then, they had to be professionally cleaned, washed and repaired if necessary. The most heart-wrenching process was watching these splendid pieces being cut into small sections, so then can be sent to the lab for further testing. It was essential that the texture and wool did not contain any synthetics and met certain criteria. It is worth mentioning that all carpets that predate 1860 are naturally dyed, by using plants, minerals or animals. Since finding rugs that made after 1860, and yet met the whole criteria was very difficult, some rugs didn’t make it through the vigorous process of checking for chemical dyes. Once approved by the lab, the rugs were sent to the talented Burberry team in order to start matching the patterns with other high quality materials, such as suede and leather. The final step was sending the high quality handbags to the Burberry warehouse in Italy, for the finishing touches.
Sourcing more than 100 rugs and Kilims with certain specifications in a short period of time is not an easy task. In addition, satisfying a group of talented Burberry employees with such high expectations could only be achieved through the commitment and right knowledge. We were pleased to be able to reach the final goal with fantastic products at the end.