Italian designer Cristina Celestino pioneers the return of carpet-clad interiors

No longer restricted to floors, the plushest and most fantastically patterned carpets are running wildly up walls, ceilings and into every room of the home

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Photography Helenio Barbetta/Living Inside

Carpet-clad walls, like tasselled three-piece suites and cork tiles, were trends we thought we’d left behind, along with power cuts and strikes, in the sepia-tinted past. But style is cyclical and, as we reported in our February issue, we’re in the midst of a 1970s-inspired interiors boom. We’ve seen the return of cork and fringing, and now carpet is rolling back into every corner of our homes.

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At this year’s Milan Design Week, the decorative possibilities of carpet were on full display. For Studiopepe’s ‘Les Arcanistes’ installation, jewel-coloured examples covered the floors and crept up the walls, while Cristina Celestino’s ‘Planetario’ apartment was a dreamlike paradise inspired by influential designers from the 1960s and 70s, particularly those with a penchant for fitted carpet – think Joe Colombo, Nanda Vigo and Willy Rizzo. Created in association with Italian flooring brand Besana Carpet Lab, the fantastical apartment showcased the new ‘Nebula’ design by Celestino, notable for its enhanced colours and subtle, 1970s-style iridescent effect.

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Photography Helenio Barbetta/Living Inside

‘In uncertain times, we often look to the more familiar and to textures which offer comfort, sanctuary or a sense of belonging,’ says Lorna Haigh, director of creative and marketing at rug and carpet brand Alternative Flooring. ‘There is something about the feel of soft carpet underfoot which is reassuring,’ she adds. And, with cutting-edge creatives like Celestino showing how it can be used in kitchens and bathrooms, as well as across ceilings, there’s even more opportunity to enjoy its comforting, cocooning benefits.

This article first appeared in August 2019 issue of Elle Decoration

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