Rydges Hotel - Wellington Airport | by Darryn George

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The Darryn George collection of rugs at Wellington Airport will take you on a full circle journey.

Arriving at the Rydges Hotel Wellington you will experience the largest ‘welcome mat’ you have ever set foot on. The words “Haere Mai” mean to welcome. Interesting to note is that “Haere” on itself in Maori language means to move, to travel, to come and go. Which is the essence of what happens in an airport.

Walking onwards, you will become a passenger of the 28 metres runner. Words and patterns become the vessel that transport you over water and clouds, like a flying waka.

The Puhoro pattern represents speed, power, swiftness and agility. In Maori culture it is common to find a Puhoro design on the front of fast moving vessels.

Soft shapes inspired by Maori tukutuku weaving repeat under your feet like a pedestrian crossing made out of clouds and waves seen from above.

The recurring word “Hikoi” embodies the journey taken with confident strides.

Once at the foyer a set of vibrant rugs will indicate that you have arrived. Strong geometrical shapes derived from Tukutuku weavings in Maori meeting rooms provide a nice sight line when viewed from a distance. The line elements on the edges are a continuation of the central runner design.

After the stay at the Rydges Hotel Wellington the “Haere” rug that first welcomed you will now wish you “Haere Ra” - good-bye, farewell.

Rydges hotel foyer rugs.

Rydges hotel foyer rugs.

Words by dilana in collaboration with Darryn George.

A look inside a Wellington residence

R. Killeen and M. Reed featured in a Wellington residence.

R. Killeen and M. Reed featured in a Wellington residence.

Probably one of our favourite interiors featuring two of our most prominent artists.
The eye-catcher wall piece by Richard Killeen and a classic Micheal Reed defines the seating area. We love to see our clients get creative and make full use of these iconic rugs. 

Every generation includes people who curate only the very best quality objects in their environments. The sheer luxury of stepping onto soft wool pile in one’s own home, or walking across a captivating rug design that extends a personal aesthetic, gives a quotidian tactile and visual satisfaction. 

This contemplated tribute to local fine arts and crafts helps express our community’s creative path from one generation to the next. 

Wellington residence.

Wellington residence.

We have the privilege to work with established artists who each have their own creative style to translate artistic ideas onto textile floor coverings like hand-tufted rugs or wall-to-wall broadloom. 

It can be an interesting challenge to maintain the integrity of the artists’ work when combining it with the extra dimension of colours in textile, increased scale and making an aesthetic and functional product that will be walked on and admired horizontally -most of the time-.  

In typical New Zealand fashion of having to prove and do everything yourself before something becomes possible - now comes the effort of finding if abstraction is possible for me.
— Richard Killeen, the blue notebook, p98.

This interior in Wellington features Jar Rug 8 - objects of flight - by Richard Killeen and on the floor Micheal Reed’s classic MRS3 design.

A rug can add the satisfying finishing touch you were looking for. Dilana can help you find the perfect rug for any purpose or interior. 

For enquiries please contact info@dilana.co.nz .

Story about the "Venezia"

Venezia | Gavin Chilcott | dilana©2018

Venezia | Gavin Chilcott | dilana©2018

We have had the pleasure to work with Gavin Chilcott for many years and have seen his work evolve and transform. One thing all his artworks have in common is that they are always interesting and full of meaning. Gavin takes us on a trip around the world with this rug called “Venezia”. 


The center piece of the rug is a reference to the measuring stick of a famous architect from the 16th century, Andrea Palladio. Andrea Palladio was obsessed with the perfect proportions and according to the Renaissance architect a building should mirror the proportions of the human body; as man is the image of God and the proportions of his body are produced by divine will. His builders did not use measuring tapes, but a stick 5 feet and 4 inches long.


The lush patterns on the edges of the rug are an oriental influence. Gavin found inspiration in his collection of vintage hand printing blocks. These wooden blocks were used to print patterns on fabric and we think the patterns translate extremely well to this delicate hand-knotted medium.

The eye-catchers of the “Venezia” rug are the Cornucopia (or Horn of Plenty) that sit on a backdrop of twisting vines. They represent bountifulness and endless nourishment. They probably remind you of Greek and Roman deities associated with the harvest, prosperity, spiritual abundance and luck. This powerful symbol invites good energy into any space.

Gavin knows exactly how to tie all these elements of the composition together. He does it with style and ease adding floral and contrasting cubic elements.

This rug is a one-off and can be admired in our Christchurch gallery

size | 260cm x 200cm