Industry-art collaboration produces Aboriginal designs as rugs

A unique collaboration between leading luxury rug and carpet maker Tsar and a group of Aboriginal artists from Western Victoria will be showcased at an exhibition in Melbourne during the Commonwealth Games.

Tsar owner David Sharpley said the exhibition, called TSART, was the realisation of a long term ambition.

“TSART will be an annual event, in future featuring the work of other local leading local artists. Because of my strong interest in Aboriginal art I particularly wanted the first exhibition to feature indigenous designers,” Mr Sharpley said.

Tsar has worked closely with five of Australia’s most talented artists: Vicki Couzens – a Kirrae Wurrung artist for more than 10 years, interested in the healing benefits of arts practice, Gayle Maddigan – an established artist from the Wemmera district, with work in a number of significant national collections, Lee Darroch – a Yorta Yorta artist currently working for the East Gippsland Aboriginal Arts Co-operative, Jarrah Bundle – a Keerray Wurrong/Geringa woman, the eldest of five sisters, and Treahna Hamm – a Yorta Yorta artist who was the first woman to win the National Heritage Art Award.

The artists each produced a work in pastels depicting their country and stories. Sharing the artists’ commitment to excellence, Tsart has represented their vibrant, bold and energetic designs in woven form. Rich hues and rug-making techniques perfected by Tsart including cutting, bevelling and stippling have transformed the designs into stunning, three-dimensional pieces.

Only five copies of each design will be made. The rugs are for sale and most of the profits will go to the Aboriginal artists.

Tsar designs and manufactures quality rugs and carpets for commercial and residential projects. Its commissions have included the Crown Casino in Melbourne, the Versace Hotel on the Gold Coast and luxury Australian homes.

The invitation-only exhibition opening will be held at Tsar’s St Kilda showroom on March 8, with both the original designs and finished prices on display for two weeks.

The Aboriginal artists and Tsar representatives will be available for interviews and photographs. Pictures of the rugs are available in digital format.

Tina Bakopoulos
Tsar Design, Carpets, Rugs.
1349 High Street, Malvern 3144 Victoria, Australia
03 9822 4644 Email:

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