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    Mariska Parent, Print Designer

    A rug doesn't have to be purely functional; it can be a work of art in its own right. And, as a work of art, it could also be the basis of a commercially viable production run. When Hampshire Cultural Trust launched a project to explore these ideas, print designer, Mariska Parent, jumped at the project.

    The Trust's brief was for a design that captured 'quintessential Englishness or Hampshire' and was inspired by the county's collections. Up to this point, Mariska had only ever designed for wallpapers and fabrics. But her bold, retro-style floral designs gave her an insight into what makes a stylish interior.

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    Mariska at work on her design

    Unique designs readily translated into reality

    Mariska's design was one of three chosen by the Trust to be made up into a prototype.

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    Hanks of specially dyed wool ready for tufting into Mariska's rug

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    Mariska's design on the loom ready for the rug-maker with his tufting gun

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    Rug-makers apply the finishing touches

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    The finished rug

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    At the time of writing, the Hampshire Cultural Trust are still considering whether to turn the rug into a commercial run. If you'd like to know more, or would be interested in owning a copy of Mariska's Golden Arrow rug, please contact them directly.


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