Omar Khan once said: “The rug should be the first thing you see when walking into a space. It is the initial pièce de résistance that you must decide on first before anything else. It should never be the last thing you’d buy for your living room.”
The illustrated rug designer and founder of Omar Khan Rugs, whose portfolio has been superbly impressive over the past few years, has proven a valid point. It is always hard to try and find a piece of rug that simply fits into the common space or bedroom. Sometimes, it appears too small (if you have a rather large home) or just too big for your rooms.
Rug making is a form of artistry. Hand-tufted, hand-woven or hand-sewn, this craft of making rugs by hand spans time, civilisation and cultures. The art of hand-knotted rugs, which is said to originate from Caspian Sea region (today northern Iran), has been revolutionised over the years and its process is an approving understanding of both methodology and aesthetics.
However, many of these traditional techniques have inspired the making of rugs today. From dyeing techniques to weaving skills, there is still a small scattering community around the world who is still preserving this form of art.
At home, we appreciate the rug as the ‘piece’ that brings everything together. We look at colour, texture, gradient, comfort and maintenance. And the rug is always a long-term investment at home. Its prominence in a space brings forth theater and cosiness – and that’s what we call the carpet effect.
So where can you find good rug makers in Malaysia? – Even better, those who can customise sizes and colours to fit into your preferred scheme. From quintessential traditional leitmotifs to contemporary inspired pieces, meet the local rug makers who have the best to offer.
Reinventing the notion of a rug, Omar Khan offers exquisitely crafted statement pieces that are made to stand out in a space. With clienteles like St. Regis, Christian Louboutin, Lane Crawford and fashion designer Khoon Hooi, a piece from OKR adds extra lush to a luxury home. Our favourite collections include the Hesperus and Hephaestus Rug as well as the dreamy Li Ling Rug.
For almost three decades, Nasim Carpets has been around as the purveyor of designer rugs and Persian carpets in the mainstream market. They are also experts in repairing and custom-made services, especially for large-scale residential projects. This is the best place for those seeking a more traditional look and quasi-heritage pieces.
Located in The Gardens Mall KL, Artefloor is a bespoke carpet design provider that caters for urban homeowners. Their hand-tufted rugs come in a wide range of designs and colours to fit into the contemporary homes. Best of all, the pieces are exclusive and one-of-its-kind; perfect for those who want individuality yet trying to keep it simple.
These Uzbekistan Kilim rugs are specially handmade by Uzbeks nomads. Carefully sourced and curated, founder of Frankitas, Franki Turner designs the patterns and colours to inject a pop of vibrancy into the home. These rugs carry geometric motifs in bright bold colour combinations. All materials and pigments are natural; allowing the rugs to speak on its own.
It is hard not to notice the vibrant Peranakan-inspired prints on everything Lisette Scheers, founder of Nala Designs does for the brand. Prints that take you back to your childhood are immortalised into beautiful carpets that come in a shape of a traditional mooncake. If you are looking for a statement piece, you can never go wrong with Nala Designs.