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Transforming Hallways With Sophie Cooney Runners

When we moved to our current house a stair runner was one of the hardest purchases to make. I realised that the choice out there was mostly limited to traditional stripy designs and eventually I settled on painting a stair runner on and postponed the idea of buying one until later. But recently while browsing Instagram I have discovered Sophie Cooney runners. I loved ethnic inspired but updated for modern interiors patterns, bright but restrained colour schemes, that make runners more of a statement rather than a bland background, and authentic craftsmanship. Like me, Sophie had trouble finding a stair runner for her home, but instead of giving up she decided to create her own!

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I got in touch with Sophie to find out more about how she started her business, what inspires her and her plans for the future.

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“I started with stair runners back in 2014 but I didn’t really make it a business until late last year. I originally had one made for my own staircase when I couldn’t find what I was looking for. All runners seemed to be lines and very similar designs. I was looking for a more contemporary look of the kilim style weave. After over a year of searching for the right supplier who could make my designs to the quality I was after I finally got my runner installed. I then had lots of friends asking if I could get one made for them.

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Last year I decided there was enough demand to make this a small business. I’ve always loved design but never really had the time to explore my creative side. I used to work as a producer in Google’s Creative Lab department which I loved but it was difficult to combine with being a mum. Now I get to be my own creative director and finally use all my design software knowledge creating something I’m now passionate about.

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I love kilim style rugs but sometimes find the designs too busy or too ‘kilim’ style. I wanted to create a new, more contemporary version of the kilim style. I love looking at old kilim style rugs and drawing inspiration from the shapes and patterns but then re-designing them to create a more modern version. I do all my designs in Illustrator or photoshop.

My suppliers are based in India and Turkey. All runners are hand dyed and hand woven using the finest cotton or wool.

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For now I am sticking with stair and hallway runners. I am married and have two tiny children aged 1 and 4 which sometimes means I can’t quite do as much work as I would like. ”

Sophie’s showroom is currently based at her London home and the viewing can be arranged by appointment.

www.sophiecooney.co.uk

instagram: @sophiecooneyrunners

 

 

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