• Cecile Corral

New Christopher Guy collection takes magic carpet ride

Licensee Nourison creates upscale collection hand-knot rugs

christopher guy harrisonChristopher Guy Harrison stands in front of the L'Artist rug, part of the Christopher Guy collection for Nourison.
HIGH POINT – From New York to Paris, Russia, China, India, Australia…and finally High Point.

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).

The video aired at the launch party this week at the High Point Market, when Nourison hosted Harrison to officially present their program – representing Christopher Guy’s first licensed rug collection.

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.”

nourison christopher guy partyJon Spurlock, left, creative director for Christopher Guy; Christopher Guy Harrison; and Jonny Peykar and Andrew Peykar, both of Nourison.

Cecile CorralCecile Corral | Senior Product Editor, Home Textiles Today

Cecile B. Corral has been a product editor with Home Textiles Today since late 2000. She covers the area and accent rug, kitchen textiles, table linens, beach towels, decorative bath and decorative pillow categories, as well as some retail subjects.

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