Friday Five with Suzanne Sharp of The Rug Company

Suzanne Sharp is one half of The Rug Company. She and her husband, Chris, started The Rug Company with the idea that they would see rugs from a contemporary viewpoint without sacrificing quality and the traditional rug making skills. Inspired by the classical and armed with pure 21st century spirit, a good visual imagination and an inherent ability to know what works they soldiered on. It was a daunting task but it was a challenge that has been worth the effort. They started to collaborate with artists and designers to produce contemporary designs that resulted in capturing the spirit of our time.

With Suzanne’s background as a decorative painter, she brings a new perspective to rug designing. She explains, “My designs are largely guided by my instinct and much of my style owes its origins to my nomadic childhood. Travel triggers my imagination and my designs are often an updated version of things I have seen”.

Can’t live without the below. I check in daily, well almost…

1. The Cool Hunter
Amazing, really inspiring website, particularly if I am having a bad day and need a jolt!

2. TED
The very best brains…

3. Decorative Collective
You never know what’s going to crop up, great on-line market.

4. The Interior Archive
Beautiful photographs of amazing interiors, even better if you become a member.

5. FT blog
Always amusing, especially the ones written by my husband Christopher.

Portrait of Suzanne Sharp by Brijesh Patel.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.