Flooring Newcomers Sasha Bikoff and Sylvie Johnson Infuse Their Personalities Into Signature Rug Collections
These two flooring newcomers have introduced rug collections that weave their respective historical influences with contemporary flair.
1. Sasha Bikoff
You might say she was destined for rugs. “I am half Persian and grew up surrounded by silk carpets,” recalls the Sasha Bikoff Interior Design founder, whose Memphis-inspired stairway for the 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House was an Instagram sensation. Her first rug collection is equally eye-catching.
“I wanted to evoke a sexy, shaggy vibe.”
Inspired by her grandmother’s vintage gold lamé dress, Disco Dots features Lurex circles on a Tencel shag ground. It’s available in standard colors—gold/pearl, rose gold/platinum, and silver/rhodium—and sizes, from 6 by 9 feet to 10 by 14 feet, but customization is welcome. Through 1stdibs.
2. Sylvie Johnson
After studying political science and working in the public sector, Sylvie Johnson did what every budding bureaucrat does…taught herself to weave. Her resulting Parisian atelier became a go-to source for such clients as Interior Design Hall of Fame members Lee Mindel and Annabelle Selldorf.
“The interplay of yarns, textures, and weaves determine the design.”
Now, newly named the artistic director of Merida, Johnson’s inaugural Atelier rug line for the Boston-based manufacturer is “an ode to minimalism,” she says, in intricate yarn combinations of linen, felted wool, alpaca merino, mohair, cotton, and sisal.