Rug Shopping? Thomas O’Brien Has You Covered

October 12, 2018

With his new rugs for Patterson Flynn Martin, master designer Thomas O’Brien weaves his inimitable style into a glorious collection marked by extraordinary craftsmanship and irresistible soul. What’s more, they’re entirely customizable.

Phoenix 72475, a gorgeous hand-knotted wool-and-silk rug by Thomas O’Brien, adds extra depth to O’Brien’s mostly monochromatic living room; PFM, pattersonflynnmartin.com. Benson Sofa by Thomas O’Brien, Century, centuryfurniture.com.

To call Thomas O’Brien detail-oriented is an understatement. When creating his new collection of 25 rugs for PFM, the designer behind Aero Studios and Aero Ltd. mined his own stash of treasures, drawing inspiration from such places as the hand-brushed cover of a vintage book and a set of cherished Indian kerchiefs.

One design riffs on the work of 20th-century artist Line Vautrin, incorporating into it motifs from a vintage piece of Spode. “I love bringing traditional, classic things forward and making them modern,” O’Brien says. “It creates something that you can’t put your finger on—is this new? Is it antique?”    

Phoenix 72481, a rug in hand-hooked cotton, makes for a casual but sophisticated alternative to sisal. PFM, pattersonflynnmartin.com.

The result is a group that feels storied yet fresh. Despite widely various origins, the rugs are united in their untamed textures, woven in a range of techniques and rendered in three different fibers—silk, wool, cotton—to create varying depths and heights. The nuanced treatments bring each design to life. “A rug itself is like a painting,” O’Brien says. “It has to stand on its own, it has to be a thing.”

Iantha 72487, a rug hand-knotted in wool and silk, in another corner of O’Brien’s iconic Long Island home. PFM, pattersonflynnmartin.com.


Isidore rug in Pink Indigo (hand-knotted wool & silk); pattersonflynnmartin.com
Jansey rug in Ink (hand-knotted wool & silk); pattersonflynnmartin.com
Lanier rug in Steel (hand-tufted wool & silk); pattersonflynnmartin.com
PFM’s Lotis rug in Pale Indigo (hand-knotted wool & silk) pattersonflynnmartin.com

See all of his rugs at pattersonflynnmartin.com >