Tuleh Struts Its Stuff
Karen D. Singh and Mark McMenamin -- Interior Design, 4/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
The house of Tuleh commandeered the New York showroom of Roubini Rugs for two dueling debuts, as Tuleh cofounder Bryan Bradley’s fall 2009 ready-to-wear collection went head-to-head with his inaugural rug designs. Given a fashion portfolio already boasting partnerships with Roberto Cavalli and Missoni, Roubini was an obvious partner for Tuleh, a favorite of boldfaced clotheshorses Cameron Diaz and Chloë Sevigny.
Bradley’s rugs are divided into three groups. A silk rug and nine hand-knotted wool-silk blends including Japonaise, with its stylized roses, make up Florals. The hand-knotted wool rugs in Abstracts are just that: A pattern called the Bachelor eschews prosaic portraiture in favor of converging waves, ready to engulf treading feet. But the hand-knotted silk rugs of Whimsical are a pictorial procession of imaginary Tuleh women. It starts with a pattern called simply Tuleh, an extreme close-up negative-exposure style. Also serving up some serious attitude are the risqué Elle Neige, bubbly Bath & Body, and domestic goddess Maison Tuleh. The series wraps up with Love, a greeting card in hand-knotted wool.