Bev Hisey's Rad Rugs in Toronto

Bev Hisey's Rad Rugs in Toronto

Troy Seidman
Feb 1, 2011

Store History

  • Founded: 2002
  • Founded by: Bev Hisey
  • Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Looking for an affordable, impressive rug by an independent designer? Look no further than Toronto's amazing Bev Hisey. Hisey was an uncontested star during Toronto's annual design week. is poised to become an amazing indie alternative to larger (and more expensive) company's like The Rug Company.

Sunday saw the conclusion of Toronto's 5th annual Design Week. The collection of events, which centers around IDS (or the Interior Design Show) and complemented by smaller satellite shows, continues to blossom and make late-January an exciting part of the year here despite the cruel weather.

Bev Hisey was undoubtebly one of the strongest designers to be participating in Toronto Design Week. Hisey's graphic, exuberant and luxe carpets and rugs were on display at three (!) different venues along Toronto's Dundas Street West neighborhood. As furniture from reclaimed wood continues to be ubiquitous here, it was refreshing to encounter such refined and confidant designs in a medium that is infrequently executed (with great success) by an individual rather than an anonymous corporation. Hisey is also a member of Goodweave, an organization connected to the rug industry dedicated to ending child labor

Hisey's palette, graphic designs and quality of material rival The Rug Company's recent collections, yet are a dramatic fraction of the price. Hisey has perfected her craft, and while she has been sold in New York and other major centers, she is currently focused on the local Toronto market. Fortunately, admirers can purchase her pieces online from her excellent website. Shipping to the US is included in most prices.

While Hisey has produced a significant number of designs that are attractive and very commercial, she is an artist with a sense of humor. You know Kelly Wearstler wouldn't have come up with a collection of round rugs based on infamous diseases (well, maybe). Kudos to Hisey for making "Cholera" and "Streptococcus" so sexy.

Images: Troy Seidman, Bev Hisey

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