From rugs to riches - we take a look at one of Pimlico road's most iconic residents: Luke Irwin.
Born in Dublin, Luke Irwin is an award winning designer specialising in the manufacture and design of bespoke hand-knotted rugs. Established in 2003, his showroom sits amongst the illustrious galleries and furniture shops of SW1’s Pimlico Road.
Like many entrepreneurs, it was an opportune moment that inspired Luke’s career choice. His decision to enter the rug trade came after a chance encounter with the 13 year old son of aTibetan master weaver at a family lunch party. Today, having set up workshops in Nepal, he has his own set of master weavers.
Intent on preserving the heritage and craftsmanship of traditional rug making, all commissions are entirely hand made. This bespoke service provides each client with complete control over the size, colour, weave, textile and design. Alternatively, clients are able to choose from Irwin’s much coveted collection. A selection of these were recently updated and exhibited for first time at this years Salone Del Mobile in Milan.
The variety of Luke’s commissions are as extensive as they are varied. Counting Prince Charles, Jemima Khan and Tara Bernard as collectors, his work is rarely out of the spotlight. This month, no less than four of his pieces were featured in Architectural Digest’s profile celebrating Pierre Lagrange’s and Roubi L’Roubi’s London penthouse. In addition to his numerous private commissions, Luke’s commercial ventures include collaborations with Alfred Dunhill and more recently Savile Row’s Huntsman and Selfridges.
Arguably Luke’s most prominent moment came in 2009, when he was commissioned by the Irish foreign Secretary to present a gift for President Obama. Titled Doves and Stripes, this formed part of the annual Shamrock presentation and is rumoured to be now located within the Oval Office.