The company was founded in 2022 by Lucy Todd and Sophie Clarke, who met while studying textiles at the University of Manchester. After successful careers in the rug and carpet industry, they decided to launch 16TEN Rugs with a focus on preserving traditional craftsmanship.
The collection at 16TEN Rugs is carefully curated to feature rugs that are entirely handmade using a variety of high-quality fibers, including Tibetan wool, pure Chinese silk, Jute, Allo, and more. The rugs are crafted using textile techniques that have been passed down through generations, reflecting the belief that the old ways are often the best.
The handmade nature of the rugs is evident in the unique variations in dying, weaving, and finishing. These subtle differences between each piece add to their beauty and character, ensuring that every rug is essentially one-of-a-kind. The layering of different techniques, fibers, and colors requires immense skill and passion from the weavers, many of whom come from communities with a long history of rug making.
The studio is based in London, but the 16TEN team is willing to travel to visit designer’s offices with samples and even attend site meetings with clients. If you’re interested in having the 16TEN team present their collection, you can get in touch with them to arrange a meeting.