New Christopher Guy collection takes magic carpet ride
October 18, 2017,
Christopher Guy Harrison stands in front of the L'Artist rug, part of the Christopher Guy collection for Nourison.
On a specially created promotional video inspired by Aladdin’s magic carpet ride, designer Christopher Guy Harrison’s new collection of upscale area rugs with Nourison treks the world with a Princess Jasmine-like character (who happens to be wearing the same costume worn by actress Barbara Eden in the 1965 TV sitcom I Dream of Jeannie).
While new to rugs, the category has long been in Harrison’s plan, he noted.
“I came up with my designs for rugs some time ago, but I put them away in a folder for another time,” he said.
Then recently, Harrison and Nourison’s executive team met casually as showroom neighbors at the Las Vegas Market, a new friendship – and ultimately, a business alliance – emerged.
Both in construction and design, the collection complements Harrison’s aesthetic across his own signature line of furnishings. All of the rugs are hand knotted and employ only natural fibers – including New Zealand wool, silk, bamboo silk and linen – and depict the designer’s Art Deco, masculine and classically graphic point of view.
“I find inspiration everywhere for my designs,” he said. “And although I never really studied rugs, I made a point to look at everything in the market except rugs. I wanted to bring a fresh eye, a fresh perspective to the category. And I looked for things that were not obvious – like the details of a flower, for example.”
Jon Spurlock, left, creative director for Christopher Guy; Christopher Guy Harrison; and Jonny Peykar and Andrew Peykar, both of Nourison.
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