Founded by Tania Johnson in 2010, Tania Johnson Design specializes in custom made, contemporary, hand knotted rugs. The collection is inspired by the natural world, the way light creates shadows and reflections, the microscopic details found in nature and the infinite textures created through layering. Tania creates ethereal designs and translates them into intricately woven rugs. Every rug is hand knotted by artisans in Nepal, in the traditional Tibetan style, using lustrous combinations of wool, silk and pashmina.
The British born designer graduated from London’s Royal College of Art with a Master of Arts in woven textiles. For more than 14 years Tania designed textiles for such top home brands as Martha Stewart, Chilewich, Vera Wang, and Calvin Klein Home. As a designer for Calvin Klein Home, she created the brands’ first rug collection in 2002. This further developed her passion for innovative rug design.
With her extensive background in designing and producing woven textiles Johnson has the expertise to guide her clients through the complex process of creating beautiful designs and translate them into rugs. Each rug is made-to-order and can be produced in a wide range of knot counts, fibres, pile heights, colours and sizes.
Tania takes a hands-on approach to her business. This is reflected in her commitment to promoting fair labour standards in the carpet industry. She works with GoodWeave (www.goodweave.org), which aims to eliminate child labour and to improve working conditions for adults; any carpet with the GoodWeave label means that the rug was made only by adult artisans. In addition, the certification programme helps fund educational opportunities for children as well as support and resources for families and weaving communities in South Asia.