Designer in Profile: Teresa Ceberek and Ross Cleland of TSAR Carpets

Position within company: Designers

Name: Ross Cleland & Teresa Ceberek

Company:  TSAR Carpets



Tell us a little about your background in design

(education, experience, etc)

Ross – Began work in as an Art Director in an Advertising Agency in New Zealand.

Moved to Australia in 1991 and further worked in advertising until starting rug illustration in 1997.

Teresa – My parents migrated to Australia from Poland in the 70’s. My mother brought her skilful textile handicrafts, and my father, his passion for cultural expression, and so was born my fascination with textiles and culture. I started my own journey exploring graphic design, and continued further exploration into textiles, where I completed my Bachelor of Arts – Textile Design at RMIT in Melbourne.

How would you describe your personal design style?

I find my best work comes from a natural flow, a very fast inspiration (or epiphany). My designs are usually seen immediately, without second-guessing the vision or going through listed processes. The time involved is merely technically representing the vision for production. I am not looking at what is current or in fashion as I seek to design timeless pieces.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

We believe that our ultimate desire for aesthetic appeal never strays too far from inspiration from nature. This often happens on nature hikes and camping trips when we’re immersed in natural surroundings, which transports and inspires. We like to look deeper into nature, not always the bigger picture, it could be a highlighted detail of what could be mundane from a distance. Over the years we’ve leant not to limit what or where we may be inspired. Although we both have out own styles, we’re always letting it evolve.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

We feel design continues to move towards a more wholesome, holistic and comforting approach. It is reliable and reassuring, during this time of continual climate change, strain and political unrest.

It is also apparent with computers revolutionising the industry, imperfections are being embraced as proof of human creation and production.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2019 and beyond. 

Transparent processes

Environmental considerations




If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?

If there is meaning/purpose behind a design, schemes and ideas will come more naturally and fall into place. Furthermore, they must not only tick aesthetic and functional boxes, but design can play on emotion, to evoke a feeling.

How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?

It is good to recognise excellence and hard work and provide a platform where others can gain inspiration, which will lead to the evolution of new and great design. It would be humbling to be acknowledged.

What projects are you currently working on?

TSAR Carpets are working on how we can be more sustainable and are creating designs/yarns/rugs that reflect a more current and necessary approach to design.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

Continuing to work on product development of yarn and techniques in the rug making world.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Your most treasured possession?

My house, by a river, surrounded by trees and exotic birds

Your favourite holiday destination? Bali, New Zealand

Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?  We are spoilt for choice in Melbourne, but any small, cosy Italian or Japanese restaurant.

Your favourite food and drink? 

Earl Grey tea

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? With my children, friends and family spending time outside, relaxing in the sun.If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?

An Artist, Musician, Psychologist