Jennifer Manners is our Supplier of the Week, 12-18 September.
From news journalist to rug designer, Jennifer's background is certainly not one you'd expect. The trained interior designer has taken her wealth of world experience and translated this to create a successful rug brand after struggling to find pieces for her own projects.
We spoke with the team to find out more.
What’s the story behind the Jennifer Manners studio?
Jennifer Manners actually started her career in the US as a news journalist for the Associated Press, covering breaking stories internationally. She travelled all over the world, collecting objects and inspiration that would later influence her designs. When London became Jennifer’s permanent home, she changed direction, studied interior design at Central St. Martins and started her own interior design company. However, she struggled to find rugs that suited her eclectic taste, which is a marriage of elegance and bohemianism. She set out on a treasure hunt for the most skilled artisans in the world to make her creations a reality. Her search led her to India and Nepal where the ancient craft of weaving rugs has been alive for centuries. Every rug is designed by Jennifer and she still personally oversees every stage of the process.