Cross culture design
Rug collection for Nani Marquina
With the Losanges collection, the Bouroullec brothers continue their study of simplicity and elegance, reinterpreting the traditional Persian rug by using ancient kilim techniques. Technically complex, the Losanges collection requires great skill due to the combination of 13 colours in the geometrical rhombus pattern, a great challenge for the craftsmen of northern Pakistan. Aside from the handcraft techniques involved, the Afghan wool is also spun by hand to achieve unique colour tones that make each rhombus different, and each rug a unique item.
Doshi Levien, a London based design office established in 2000 by Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien, created a series of rugs to evoke the sensual and shiny world of the tribal folk embroidery of India. Nipa already had in mind intricately hand crafted embroideries made by the Nomadic community of the Rabaris from Kutch region. Her aunt had an amazing embroidery workshop in Ahmedabad with 25 highly skilled craftswomen who were all experts in hand embroidery, working with glistening mirrors, silk and cotton thread and metallic sequins amongst other non-precious materials. The woman sat together on rugs on the floor surrounded by these jewel like elements scattered around them as they worked. Often collaborating in groups, the intricate embroideries took several days to complete.
The Rabari collection is created with 100% New Zealand wool, handmade in India with hand-knotted and hand-woven Soumak techniques. Comprised of four different rugs, the Rabari collection offers exceptional beauty through the outstanding design by Doshi Levien, a refined combination of patterns with a unique graphic sensuality.
Doshi Levien: “We decided to create a series of rugs that evoke the sensual and shiny world of tribal folks embroidery of India. We wanted our collection for Nani Marquina to reference the unfinished embroideries like studies of different techniques in progress, as they gradually emerge over time. The spontaneous compositions of the rugs embody the serendipity and freedom to improvise inherent in each step of a handmade piece. Joyful, irreverent and unique.”