Interior designer Timothy Whealon draws on his local roots for his new collection of rugs.
Case in point: For the “Fox Point” rug, riffs on the late British designer David Hicks’ 1960s and ’70s interiors – a style commonly found in the village’s midcenturymodern homes – are paired with “perspective, repetition and geometry,” says Whealon. Similarly, he translated the experience of snooping on his mom’s bridge club into “Luck Be a Lady,” inspired by “a vintage playing card and the fun that went along with youth and eavesdropping.” What could be perceived as spades and diamonds might also be viewed as stained-glass windows with butterflies.
Whether of his own design or not, rugs figure prominently in Whealon’s work. “A rug centers the whole room. For me [when decorating], it’s easier to start with a rug,” he says. “They create warmth and give the place style.”
Crafted from wool, jute and abaca, Whealon’s collection is manufactured by Patterson Flynn Martin and sold to the trade only through the brand’s showrooms across the U.S.