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The Margo Selby rug portfolio is the culmination of the studio’s ethos of Art Into Industry. Contemporary rugs designed in the UK and handmade by skilled artisans in India. Featuring geometric patterns, choose from hand-knotted, hand-tufted or hand-loom rugs.

Margo Selby Oare Rug
Margo Selby Oare Rug

Margo Selby Oare Rug

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Margo Selby Gladstone Rug
Margo Selby Gladstone Rug

Margo Selby Gladstone Rug

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Margo Selby Canterbury Rug
Margo Selby Canterbury Rug

Margo Selby Canterbury Rug

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Margo Selby Bridge Rug
Margo Selby Bridge Rug

Margo Selby Bridge Rug

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Margo Selby Tyne Rug
Margo Selby Tyne Rug

Margo Selby Tyne Rug

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Margo Selby Logan Rug
Margo Selby Logan Rug

Margo Selby Logan Rug

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Margo Selby Virden Rug
Margo Selby Virden Rug

Margo Selby Virden Rug

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Margo Selby Carvetti Rug
Margo Selby Carvetti Rug

Margo Selby Carvetti Rug

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Margo Selby Cranbrook Rug
Margo Selby Cranbrook Rug

Margo Selby Cranbrook Rug

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Margo Selby Iceni Rug
Margo Selby Iceni Rug

Margo Selby Iceni Rug

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Margo Selby Handmade Rugs - Art into Industry

Margo Selby, as an artist/designer weaver, brings her unique colour and pattern sensibility to everything she does, and nowhere is this more showcased than in her rugs. Art into industry – rugs are both form and function. A Margo Selby rug has a distinct style and is created-to-last in the highest quality sustainable materials, by technically expert artisans.

Margo Selby signature designs emerge from her deep knowledge of weaving processes and techniques. She draws inspiration from world textile culture, and quotes a broad range of visual references from the architectural to the graphic. Aesthetics developed on the handloom feed into the rug design process. Her recurring motifs: dots, diamonds and stripes, all feature in these rich and unique colour combinations.

For the production of rugs, Margo Selby works directly in longstanding partnerships with weavers, tufters and knotters in India and Nepal. She is proud to engage traditional industries and unite her designs with their craftsmanship. Margo and other members of the studio have visited the weaving workshops – central to village life and local economies and communities – and her designs are often in response to the characteristics of their specific looms and tools, and unique innovative techniques. The aesthetic cultures of India and Nepal, in a broader sense, have always been a source of inspiration for Margo – a joyful response to colour and a celebration of pattern. These unique international exchanges are flourishing and nurtured by us.

“When I’m designing a rug, I treat the rug dimensions as my canvas to create a piece of functional art. The composition and colour add expression to a room while the textile construction adds softness and a tactile dimension.” – Margo Selby

How are Margo Selby rugs made? 

Margo Selby studio work in 4 distinct ways for rugs, each handmade using traditional artisan techniques:

Hand Knotted

Our hand knotted rugs, in 100% wool, or wool and silk together for lustre, are constructed on a warp using a traditional asymmetrical knotting technique; this creates a premium quality long lasting rug, with intricate design detail. The motifs can be hand-carved to create a 3-dimensional profile. Hand knotted rugs are of the finest quality and tend to be weighty and floppy in structure. Two knot densities are possible, as determined by the design.

Hand Tufted

Luxurious pile, tightly packed yarn – these rugs are handmade on upright frames using a very precise technique of inserting and looping yarn tufts through a canvas backing, with handheld tools. Features of this method are the density of pile and crispness of line, with optional varied pile heights hand-carved to create a 3-dimensional effect.

Hand Loom

Specific to orthogonal designs, warp-faced hand loom rugs are traditionally woven on a horizontal loom. During the making process – a technique similar to that of velvet – makers insert rods into the warp, determining the depth of the pile height. Hand loom rugs may feature loop pile, cut pile or a mix of both; the resultant rug is dense and sumptuous.

Flatweave

Kelim flat-woven rugs – without a pile – are handwoven on a horizontal ground loom in either 100% wool or 100% Polyethylene Terephthalate yarn made from recycled bottles locally-sourced in India (rPET) suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Bobbins are passed back and forth to create inlaid motifs. This is a traditional rug-making technique that results in a lighter-weight, practical and beautiful floor covering.

What materials are used in Margo Selby rugs?

The materials that go into weaving a Margo Selby rug are as important as the design and workmanship. Colour, texture, tactile feel and function are all factors that are considered for each individual rug.

Margo Selby studio tends to work primarily in Indian Chokla wool for rugs, local to production, but this can often be interchanged with recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate if a vegan alternative is preferred. Similarly the lustre provided by silk, that they combine with the wool, can be replaced with Tencel for a similar effect.

Margo Selby's materials and blends:

Wool - Natural, durable, versatile.

Wool and Silk - Luxurious textural quality, lustre.

Wool and Tencel - Softness, depth of colour.

Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET) - Vegan, hard wearing, wool-like textural quality.

Do you need an underlay for a Margo Selby rug? 

We advise customers to use a good quality anti-slip underlay. This prevents a rug from creasing and slipping on the floor – whether it is placed on a carpet or a hard surface.

An underlay also increases the longevity of a rug by cushioning it. It also protects against transference of dark colours or fibres from the back of the rug onto light coloured flooring or carpet underneath.

How to clean a Margo Selby rug? 

Vacuum occasionally with suction only; rotating brushes may cause damage.

Blot spills with a clean cloth, do not rub, do not use detergent. We recommend engaging the services of a rug cleaning specialist.

Warning: due to the nature of wool some shedding will occur.

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