Dare to Rug’s second hand-tufted rug collection is inspired by artefacts of the Neolithic Age

Dare to Rug launched its second hand-tufted rug collection with unique designs inspired by artefacts of the Neolithic Age. Collection II brings together ancestral symbols in a symbiosis of shapes and colours inspired by the Neolithic culture of Cucuteni that has once populated part of nowadays Romania.

Two (II) refers to community, the nucleus of the Cucuteni culture, and to dual concepts like feminine & masculine, positive & negative, one & together. It represents the strive we all have for togetherness and it’s the start of a community. Family and togetherness are the ideas that stand behind the collection, as Collection II positions the rug the central element of a home – a sacred space where connections are created and where family reunites to celebrate daily life.

The collection comprises four hand-tufted models made of 100% New Zealand wool with different pile heights and finishes. The patterns are highlighted by textured areas with loop and cut threads and are coloured in earthly hues of ochre, grey, khaki, blue or terracotta, inspired by natural elements like clay, metal, water and fire used in creating the artefacts of the Cucuteni people. The models play with shapes ranging from the organic form of the female body and the circular shape of an ancient assembly to the rectangular shape of a classic rug.

The collection was first introduced to a global audience at the end of May, during the fifth edition of Romanian Design Week and will be showcased at international trade fairs and exhibitions throughout 2017. All four models are now available for orders with the designers and in selected interior design showrooms worldwide.

Collection II models:

COMMUNE – Is the circular gathering where everyone is equally protected and the life cycle is complete. “Commune” easily becomes the centrepiece of a space where family reunites to exchange stories at the end of a day.


MEANDER – Gives the sensation of movement through pattern and texture. It alludes to a meandering river or to life itself and to the fecundity of the snake symbol. “Meander” is the connecting element in a sophisticated interior.


DYAD – A team or a pair, dual elements will always be complementary and more powerful when they are together. “Dyad” is a strong model that eliminates the need to fill a space with unnecessary decorative elements.


HER – It’s “Her”: a goddess and a protector – she lends her organic shape to an object of desire. The natural tones make this rug subtle in appearance, yet powerful in meaning.


Launched in 2015, Dare to Rug is the first Romanian design brand that creates hand-tufted rugs. The designers behind Dare to Rug, Andreea Batros and Flavia Scînteanu were awarded Best Product Designers at the 2016 ELLE Deco Romanian Design Awards for their first collection, “Romanian Moods”. They support the idea of great design brought to life by daring projects; blending contemporary design with the best materials in the traditional process of creating rugs is their main focus.

Andreea Batros and Flavia Scînteanu

Info and images courtesy of Dare to Rug



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