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Creative Matters Introduces Halcyon Collection

The studio's 10th collection debuts with 12 Tibetan hand-knotted abstract designs.

A taupe and grey couch in front of a dark panel wall, with a multicolored earth toned rug
Eva from the new Halcyon collection by Creative Matters.

TORONTO -- Luxury area rug design studio Creative Matters announces the release of the Halcyon collection, a series of 12 fair trade rugs hand-knotted in Nepal of Tibetan wool and Chinese silk.

The company's tenth collection is crafted in a 100-knot weave with 4mm cut pile with custom colors and sizes available. The initial designs are shown in a dark earth tone palette in warm and cool hues, in four standard sizes from 6x9 to 10x14.

Named after the bird in Greek mythology that had the power to calm ocean waves, halcyon has come to mean a sense of peace or tranquility. The rugs in this collection have been named after the children and grandchildren of Creative Matters staff. Vice President Ana Cunningham said that what most appeals to her about the Marlowe rug, for example, is the delicate contrast between the watercolor shapes in the field juxtaposed with the pointillistic line work. "It gives Marlowe a gentle energy," she said. "This rug would be a great way to add a soft texture to a space." Of the Guadalupe rug, which is inspired by forms found deep within the woodlands, Cunningham said, "I love how the natural, overlapping shapes bring the calmness of the outdoors in."

Marlow from the Creative Matters Halcyon series.

Vice president Ali McMurter said of the collection, "I enjoy the dramatic but soothing effect that these designs give of seeing soft hues through a drizzly window. Estelle has a beautiful shimmer to it with the cascading lines, while Theodore stands calm and confident.”

The initial sketches were created by Leah Phillips, art director, at an Art Day event about texture. "We were using canvas, burlap, plaster, paint, and various tools to create the textures. And then this design went into Sophie's very talented hands," explained Phillips, referring to designer Sophie Williams.

Williams, who completed the final designs, noted, "I was drawn to the soft tones, playfulness of lines and textures. The rhythmic pattern reminded me of musical notes waiting to be rearranged into a song. I enjoyed disrupting the harmony into a new composition."

"Balthazar and Ruthie are like cousins, from the same family but with very different personalities," said President Carol Sebert. "Balthazar - with its big sweep of the grey silk on the white background - has an exuberance that is inviting and enthusiastic. While Ruthie - with its blurred straight lines - is tranquil and very grounded." Both of these rugs share the same 12 colors in wool and in silk. These are blended to create a sophisticated blur of the pattern with silk in every combination. It may look simple, but it is surprisingly complex.

Redden by Creative Matters

"Now that I've had some time to absorb the details, I really like the cohesion of this new collection. By using a similar color palette throughout, they hold together as an entire idea rather than a collection of random thoughts," Seibert said. "I would say this overall idea is about movement, not too speedy, but movement - some are sweeps, some arcs, some grids, some clouds, but it's all moving - gently."

See the full collection and check out Creative Matters' new online shop at www.creativemattersinc.com
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