LAUNCH: JAMES TREBLE FOR RUGSPACE

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The new James Treble for Rugspace collection has launched. Here are eight reasons to love this new range.

We talk to the man himself about inspiration, aesthetic, and earth-friendly nature with some designer tips thrown in for good measure.

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Maldives Jute Rug from the James Treble for Rugspace collection. Browse rugs online at Zanui.

It’s ridiculously on-trend.

James Treble: When Rugspace asked me to come on board to help craft their new brand last year, I was elated. My role was to curate the James Treble for Rugspace range and help build the brand’s identity.

Having worked extensively with this supplier previously through my private design practice and styling for The Living Room and Zanui, we had an established trust. I was given carte blanche, allowing me to provide the latest in trends with high quality products at very reasonable price points.

I have created a range that meets my environmental stance as well as my love of natural finishes and all things handmade.

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L to R: Klee Cotton Rug, Light Denim and Felini Wool Rug from the James Treble for Rugspace collection. Browse rugs online at Zanui.

It’s inspired by nature yet high-end.

JT: The main inspiration was to play heavily on texture rather than lots of strong colour or pattern, and to use natural fibres and recycled materials.

Having said that, there are some patterns within the range that are slanted towards the tribal feel, as well as some muted colours.

The idea was to show that you can enjoy high-end and high quality items which are in fact recycled, as well incorporating the trend of using natural materials in our homes that are gorgeous to touch and healthy to live with.


Klee Cotton Rug, Light Denim james treble - rugspace - interior - designKlee Cotton Rug, Light Denim from the James Treble for Rugspace collection. Browse rugs online at Zanui.

It’s incredibly tactile and textured.

JT: Right from the outset it was about texture and having tactile finishes. This ethos runs throughout the whole range of rugs, cushions, ottomans and throws. I deal with the building of new homes as part of my design practice, and modern homes tend to be sleek with clean lines and lots of minimal surfaces.

Styling with texture counters this, balancing the hard lines within the home, as well as creating softer, tactile surfaces, which you’re drawn towards and want to touch. We all shared this vision at Rugspace, so each diverse piece remains true to this creating a cohesive collection.

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Felini Wool Rug
 from the James Treble for Rugspace collection. Browse rugs online at Zanui.

It’s diverse with hi-vibe colours + versatile neutrals.

JT: The James Treble for Rugspace range was created to offer options for a wide audience so there needed to be some vibrancy in the colours to try and make sure there was something for everyone.

This use of bold colour however is quite a small part of the range, and the emphasis is far more towards neutrals and muted colours with the texture and pattern being more prominent.

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L to R: Karenna Wool RugConcorde Wool RugBroadhurst Wool Rug, Blue and Belair Jute Rug, Multi from the James Treble for Rugspace collection. Browse rugs online at Zanui.

I love colour as a rule, but I’m personally more drawn towards this more muted and textural side of the range. This happened quite organically during the creation and collaboration with Rugspace, as with any creative journey, sometimes the pieces you’re working with tell a story and take you along for the ride.


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Felini Wool Rug from the James Treble for Rugspace collection. Browse rugs online at Zanui.

It’s earth-friendly yet durable.

JT: The James Treble for Rugspace range includes a wide variety of natural fibres including jute, hemp, sisal, woven and felted wool, as well as cotton, all of which are environmentally friendly, durable and practical for the handmade process of crafting rugs.

Other items are of a recycled nature, such as recycled denim, linen and leather. One particular rug is made from recycled fan belts and jute! This was a big hit at the launch, as its linear nature made it so tactile – perfect for that indoor/outdoor space.

Berkly Wool Rug, Light Grey
Berkly Wool Rug, Light Grey from the James Treble for Rugspace collection. Browse rugs online at Zanui.

It can transform your space in an instant.

JT: A rug is a quick and simple way to completely transform a space. It can be used to define zones within larger open-plan living areas, and is a great way to introduce texture and pattern into a space that might otherwise just be hard surfaces.

Rugs also absorb sound, which is something people often overlook, so they not only add physical warmth, they also “warm up” a space by dulling sound, making it more inviting and welcoming.

Berkly Wool Rug, Grey Smoke james treble - rugspace - interior - design Maldives Jute Rug, Natural james treble - rugspace - interior - design
L to R: Berkly Wool Rug and Maldives Jute Rug from the James Treble for Rugspace collection. Browse rugs online at Zanui.

It supports artisan crafts + safe work practices.

JT: My work for Planet Ark is really my hobby, my passion. I have been recycling and reusing things for most of my life: when I was young for craft, when I bought my first house out of financial necessity, and now as part of my day-to-day work.

For me, this range and collaboration was all about staying true to my own personal brand from the beginning, and fortunately for me, the team at Rugspace shared this vision, so it was a match made in rug heaven!

All of the James Treble for Rugspace collection is handmade and certified for safe work practices. Its workers are not subjected to unreasonable conditions. By supporting these kinds of companies, we are assisting change in the way rugs are made in India, as well as helping to ensure that these age-old skills and handmade processes are passed onto future generations.

There is nothing quite like the beauty and individuality of something handmade.


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Berkly Wool Rug from the James Treble for Rugspace collection. Browse rugs online at Zanui.

It will change your house to a home.

JT: A large part of my work involves the design and building of new homes for my clients, working with them throughout this process forms strong relationships, as I’m there for the duration of their journey.

As I’m dealing with very expensive materials, as well as items which are fixed such as kitchens, bathrooms and flooring, I tend to be slightly conservative with colours and materials, ensuring they will date well and continue to add value to the property in years to come.

Through styling I can add additional layers, colours and texture adding character and warmth to the house, and helping to ensure it fulfils the story of the family who are living there. We live in homes not houses, so individualising the space you live in is a very important consideration.

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L to R: Felini Wool Rug and the James Treble for Rugspace collection. Browse rugs online at Zanui.

So there you have it folks. Such a rustic-chic yet sleek range. Shop the collection here.

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.