Eeuwes’ rugs and home accessories draw inspiration from both the familiar landscapes of Canada and the exotic geography of countries around the world. The creation process of each handmade piece is just as multicultural, as its founder Liz Eeuwes, who studied in Scotland, and incorporates New Zealand wool. The goods are also produced by artisans in India (Eeuwes is a GoodWeave partner).
Currently, there are three collections – the “Coast to Coast” line of handmade pillows and smaller home goods, and the “Terre des Hommes” and “Landscapes” lines of larger area rugs. Each hand-knotted or tufted bespoke rug, table runner, and cushion is a heirloom quality piece, able to be lived with and enjoyed for many years.
The “Landscapes” collection of rugs captures the beauty of the view from the airplane window – an expanse of land that takes your breath away and fills you with wonder.
The terrain pictured on these products will inspire your adventurous spirit every time you gaze down at your area rug.
In these photos of hand-knotted rugs from the collection, all the tiny details that help to bring the image to life are visible.
There are even shadow effects beside buildings and plants that make the scenes look convincingly three-dimensional!
I would love to have a rug that depicts the lights over my hometown in the evening from above. Luckily, Eeuwes can custom design and manufacture rugs made to order!
The “Terre des Hommes” (“Land of Men”) line of textiles is inspired by “landscapes in literature and the arts”. I love when interior and product designers incorporate themes and motifs from other art forms – a great idea often has the power to carry over from the canvas or notebook to a unique new visualization or pattern. All designs from this line are hand-tufted and can be customized in terms of size and colour.
In the “Algarinejo" rug, below, the agrarian landscape of Algarinejo, Spain, is reflected. The bold black dots references the man-made symmetry of the region’s olive groves. An aerial view of the mountainous terrain is woven into the geometric rug as bright and energetic triangles.
Another region of the world known for its crop production is Kansas, USA. In the “Kansas” rug, (below), the geometric shapes formed by the carefully plotted irrigation and planting system of the state’s crops form a pattern of big and small circles, divided by linear white stripes. The muted colour scheme of this design is beautiful and mimics the organic tones of Midwestern farmland.
It is amazing how a well-designed floor covering can provide comfort, warmth, and joy. From the “Landscape” collection to the “Terre des Hommes”, Eeuwes’ creations inspire wanderlust coupled with an alternating sense of home.
The feeling of “home” for Canadians is also found in the “Coast to Coast” collection of woolen dhurrie rugs. Instantly recognizable northern characters, like the beaver, lobster, goose, and bear have been woven into these fun accent pieces for the home or cottage. In addition to the flora and fauna of Canada, symbols of Canada’s landscape and history are emblazoned on the cushions and wall hangings. The “Anchor”, “Wolf”, “West Coast”, and “East Coast” cushions, (pictured clockwise from top left, below) are all excellent pieces to update your home décor this season, and show some Canadian pride.
These textiles are some of the most unique and creative that I've seen - I especially love how the languages of geography, agriculture, cartography, and landscape architecture all play into the rug designs. The handmade rugs, decorative pillows, dhurrie rugs, and other creations combine aspects of Canadian identity and heritage with the colours and patterns of far-away locales. Eeuwes demonstrates the fact that there is an inspiration to be drawn from the beauty of this country and the world!
Photos courtesy of Eeuwes.
Researched and Written by Leah Komishon, Faculty of Architecture, Environmental Design, University of Manitoba