By Caroline Biggs

Published on October 14, 2014

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Textile designer Inigo Elizalde has been creating one-of-a-kind rugs and carpets for nearly a decade. “I’m drawn to vibrant colors and graphics,” he says, “from a range of diverse sources and influences.”

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Elizalde opened his midtown Manhattan studio in 2010, years after earning his fine arts degree from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design and working as a set designer for several New York City theatres.

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Born and raised in the Philippines, Elizalde draws much of his design inspiration from the traditional textile motifs, landscapes, and even the mass transit jeep routes of his native Manila.

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Elizalde uses artisanal fabrics and textiles collected from his international travels to the likes of Nepal, South Africa, and of course, the Philippines—which employ time-honored techniques like hand-knotting, tufting, and flat-weaving.

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The studio also offers fully customizable rugs from an array of plush materials—such as Tibetan wool and Indian silk—which are made-to-order in just about in color, shape, or size imaginable.

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“With my rugs, I want to bring the outside world inside to create a different way of experiencing the outside environment,” Elizalde explains.  “That way, the surrounding world can be better appreciated – even from indoors.”