A little bit nautical with its pennant-like motifs, a little North American charismatic with its braided texture, and a whole lot of Mid-Century appeal with its distinctive color palette, The Clare Collection from Feizy is a delight of modernity in more ways than simple visual appeal. Aesthetics aside, a hallmark of Mid-Century was an underlying desire for functionality, and the rugs of the Clare Collection deliver that same appeal using materials of today.

Belgian firm HOC-Design (pronounced as individual letters) made its North American debut during the Fall 2017 New York The Rug Show. With strong positive response during both that show and at the inaugural The Rug Show at High Point, Peter Hens, principal of the company, told Rug Insider the firm plans on returning to exhibit in the spring and ‘sees a lot of opportunity’ in the United States market.

From the earliest days of the rug and carpet industry, stories have been told of itinerate rug traders traveling to far off lands at first to procure and then later to create and oversee the production of their own design work. Less often, however, is it the case that the would be carpet maker chooses to emigrate in order to pursue such endeavors. Justin Vorel is one such individual.

Carpets have been layered over wall-to-wall sisal, upon one another in aristocratic garden parties, and sprawled in Bedouin tents. They’ve been used as the top—and most beautiful—layer covering beds, laid on tabletops at a time when their rarity all but forbade use on the floor, and have now—though the look is far from de rigueur—been featured layered in countless films, television shows, and noted interiors.