Fabrics, Walls & Floors
Tania Johnson Design
Custom contemporary hand knotted rugs, inspired by photography

Tania Johnson Design specialises in custom, contemporary, hand knotted rugs. Using her own photography as inspiration, designer Tania Johnson translates each image into intricately woven wool and silk rugs that are handmade in the finest natural materials to last generations. Tania graduated from London’s Royal College of Art with a master’s in woven textiles before working in Switzerland and New York. As a textile designer for Calvin Klein Home, she designed the brand’s first rug collection, discovering her passion for innovative rug design. She went on to launch her debut collection of hand knotted rugs in New York under her own label in 2010, and has since returned to London.


Each distinctive hand-knotted rug starts with a moment that inspires Tania, as captured through her photography: the way light creates shadows and reflections and the microscopic details found in nature. Documenting these fleeting moments in time, the patterns that form and change around us, constantly influences Tania. This love of nature’s impermanence is reflected through combinations of mixing wool and silk in different ways and the interplay between matte and shine that this creates, with each piece retaining the intricacy and depth of the original idea.

Each distinctive hand-knotted rug starts with a moment that inspires Tania, as captured through her photography

With her woven textile background, Tania creates every weaving graph herself and specifies how each pixel should be translated into yarn and colour. This attention to detail can be felt in each of her characteristically intricate designs and sets her apart from her competitors. Every rug in the collection is also certified by GoodWeave, which aims to eliminate child labour and improve working conditions for adults. Tania has been a member of GoodWeave since starting her business and is a strong supporter of its work. From the start, she wanted to make sure that her rugs were produced ethically and to help the communities involved in production. Being a member of GoodWeave has ensured this can happen.


For her newest collection, Tania was inspired by a visit to the beautiful city of Venice. Losing herself in the labyrinth of walls, she was mesmerised at every turn by the myriad of surfaces and the faded grandeur of crumbling palazzos. Designs include Imprint, a random border created by inky smudges printed on paper, Facade, taken from the colours and textures that emerge as layers of torn and dampened paper are peeled back, and Drift, a linear pattern that represents an ancient wall streaked and stained by time.

Tania Johnson Design also now has a handloom collection comprising of simple hand carved, gradated and geometric designs that are the perfect partner to her hand-knotted rugs. The company offers a completely bespoke service and works with both interior designers and private clients. Every rug is made to order and can be produced in any colour, shape or size. Clients are always welcome to visit the studio where they can view full size rugs. Tania and her team are also very happy to make site visits with a range of samples and their extensive set of colour poms. With an emphasis on a highly personalised service, Tania loves the process of developing the perfect individual rug for each and every client.

Every rug in the collection is produced by highly skilled weavers in Nepal. Designed with integrity from beginning to end, each Tania Johnson Design rug conveys a unique connection between inspiration, design, tradition and skill.

Tania Johnson Design Unit 12 Crane Mews, 32 Gould Road, Twickenham, TW2 6RS +44 (0)7979 193971

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