My childhood in India kickstarted a lifelong love of textiles and colour which to this day influences my work; more recently I combined inspiration from both the urban environment I live in and the natural landscape I escape to. My instinctive approach to colour is both informed and intuitive, producing designs that can be bold or discreet, but always with subtle undertones.
My career as a designer and artisan spans more than 25 years and includes countless projects involving rugs and flooring. I graduated from University of Huddersfield with a degree in woven textile design; my first job was as the textile and colour specialist in a London interior design studio. I set up my colour and design studio in 1990 and have worked with numerous clients on a consultancy basis ever since.
As co-director of Little + Collins, founded with Jenni Little, I have been working from a studio showroom at the Oxo Tower on London’s South Bank since 1997. The creative partnership, Little + Collins was renowned for its delicious use of colour, refined textures and touches of subtlety – all recognised signatures of our limited edition collections and commissioned site-specific rugs.
In the Autumn of 2014 the company re-launched as Studio Teresa Collins.
I will continue to create beautiful rugs that combine the tactile pleasure of fine materials and textures with the visual delight of perfect colour and yarn blending. My design approach produces innovative classics; the makers I use are skilled and experienced artisans working with fine quality materials. The collaboration produces unique, quality items, tailored to the specific needs of an individual or space.
Each time you look at your Studio Teresa Collins rug, you will spot another detail, or appreciate another colour combination; it’s an investment that will bring pleasure for many years to come.
Studio Teresa Collins produces innovative abstract designs, where there is more to see upon closer inspection – inviting one to enjoy.
Past clients include:
- The Royal Society of Arts, London
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London
- The Economist Building, Cullum & Nightingale Architects, London
- Cowley Manor, Spa Hotel, Oxfordshire
- Jigsaw stores, London, Bath and Dublin
- Three Valleys Waterboard, Norwich
With thanks to the following photographers: Paul Chave, Julian Cornish Trestrail, Graeme Duddridge, Luke Parminter and Philip Vile