Emma Gardner Rugs

Emma Gardner rugs fuse various cultures, both in their inspiration and their construction. The rugs, all based on original designs created by Emma Gardner, employ either hand-knotting or hand-tufting. The hand-knotted rugs are made by Tibetan weavers in Nepal, using 100% Tibetan wool and/or Chinese silk. The hand-tufted rugs are made in India of 100% New Zealand wool. The age-old techniques, as well as the origin of the materials, can therefore be aptly described as global.

Chinese River. Designed by Emma Gardner.

But Gardner’s international flair goes one step further, since she takes her artistic cues from wildly disparate locales: “Born in Japan, reared in NYC and now living in rural Connecticut, Gardner’s muses reflect this journey. Primary influences include Asian art, urban fashion, pop art and natural forms.” The resulting fusion works with varying aesthetic tastes—Emma Garner rugs are at home with everything from sheet glass to cherry wood. Whole Baby Fish in acid green shows a large fish in action, its body curving against the tide. This design illustrates Emma Gardner’s penchant for “enlarged and feverishly colored” patterns. Hand-knotted using Chinese silk on Tibetan Wool ground, the rug is produced with 100 knots per inch and a 5mm pile. Available in standard 6′ x 9′, 8′ x 10′, and 9′ x 12′, Whole Baby Fish can also be custom sized.

Of the hand-tufted options, Chinese River exemplifies Gardner’s “kimono designs pared down graphically and updated with contemporary color.” The New Zealand wool has an 8mm/10mm cut and loop pile. Chinese River offers bold textures and colors on a neutral background of antique white. Available in 6′ x 9′, 8′ x 10′, and 10′ x 12′, Chinese River can also be measured to fit your space’s particular dimensions.


Aperture. Designed by Emma Gardner.


Broken Circles. Designed by Emma Gardner.


Rain in Room. Designed by Emma Gardner.


Whole Baby Fish. Designed by Emma Gardner.


Curi. Designed by Emma Gardner.


Chinese River in room. Designed by Gardner.

There are also Emma Gardner rugs which are pared down and geometric. Aperture and Curio use a repeat of boxes; Broken Circles and Rain use a pattern of circles. Whether you want organic shapes or exotic butterflies, expressionistic flowers or Chinese Maple branches, subdued colors or vivid hues, Emma Gardner will deliver a hand-made rug using quality materials. All her rugs are independently certified as child-labor-free by GoodWeave, so you can rest assured that the art beneath your feet wasn’t produced by stepping on someone else’s toes.

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