The Spanish carpet manufacturer nanimarquina just presented this beautiful video which describes in impressive images the production and the artisanry of their skilled workers in India.
On the basis of this premise, in 1994 several companies that imported carpets from India, Nepal and Pakistan founded the Care & Fair organisation. Its principal objective: to eradicate child labour from the carpet manufacturing industry in these areas.
nanimarquina has been a member of Care & Fair since the outset and can therefore guarantee that no child labour has been used in the production of their rugs.
nanimarquina will exhibit at this year’s Design Biennale INTERIEUR 2010 in Kortrijk.
The Spanish manufacturer Gandia Blasco produces beside its collection of outdoor furniture a wide range of high quality carpets under the label GAN. At this year’s Habitat Valencia they presented some beautiful new designs, amongst others this traditional looking by slightly simplified Kilim by the Valencia based graphic and product designer Sandra Figuerola.
Annemette Beck lives up to Denmark’s reputation for textile design. Famous for her experiments with new combinations of structures and materials such as rubber, paper yarn, all kinds of metal threads etc. the work of the Danish weaver and textile designer covers rugs, upholstery fabrics, runners, blinds and room dividers.
The Swiss carpert manufacturer Ruckstuhl presented at this year’s Salone del Mobile an Edition of remarkable new creations. Amongst them ‘Frisian Wouw’ a felt carpet designed by Claudy Jongstra. It is distinguished in particular by its irregular contours and wild, frenzied texture.
'Pompom' by Hugo Zumbühl for Ruckstuhl
“The starting point for Zumbühl’s contribution to Edition Ruckstuhl was once again a material discovery. The backing fabric for the Pompon carpet with its dense white tuft is made of chenille yarn, a particularly plush wool thread that has practically disappeared from the market. Pompoms stitched in at regular intervals animate the surface structure and provide colourful accents.”
'Pompom' by Hugo Zumbühl for Ruckstuhl
“The ‘Dessus Dessus Dessous’ carpet, which has been woven from strips of linen, can be traced back to a textile installation entitled “Plier – Entrelacer – Superposer” (Fold – Weave – Overlap) which Atelier Oï created for Designers Saturday 2008 in Langenthal at the invitation of Peter Ruckstuhl. The starting material for this work, which was nominated for the Design Preis Schweiz 2009 award, was provided by the strips of linen that are normally used for the carpet trim. The transformation from an experimental exhibition installation to a product for Edition required both the refinement of technical aspects and an upgrading of the graphic design.”
The German flooring manufacturer Kymo recently presented this carpet family which is made of a rather unusual material: elastic polyester-mesh-design, which you usually find on sneakers. It is wrapped around a polyurethane-cellular core, making lying and walking on this rug an airy experience. At the same time, the hexagonally perforated structure of the polyester and durable leather combine to create a sturdy product. Only one question remains: is the ‘Sports 1′ really an objet d’àrt or more of a contemporary interpretation of a gym mat? You decide …
The Polish designer Tomek Rygalik created this modular carpet made from woven wool for the Spanish 2005-founded label ABR.
A single piece acts as a base in this model of carpet. The framework of the laterals represents a jigsaw puzzle. New pieces could be added longitudinally. Each piece is made of three different layers. Each layer has its own colour. That allows at least the use of two different colours with the outer layers.
'Interlock' by Tomek Rygalik for ABR
The material of the carpet is completely new. Pure wool woven in a way it look alike felt. It is not conglomerated -as in felt. It has been woven with looms following a traditional Polish technique.
Liz Eeuwes is a Canadian designer based in Glasgow, Scotland. Since graduating with a degree in Product Design from the Glasgow School of Art, Liz has set up a home studio in order to develop her own designs.
Her first collection is a range of artistic, textured rugs inspired initially by the rich colours and diverse structures of the Scottish countryside. Recognising the similar visual effects of rugs and aerial views of landscapes, Elizabeth began experimenting with various pile heights, hand knotting, weaving, colouring and carving techniques in order to accurately capture the look and feel of these areas.
'Lisse' carpert by Liz Eeuwes
Each rug is made entirely by hand using the finest materials and the result is a collection of high quality unique pieces that combine colour, texture and shape in a new and exciting way and are appropriate for both contemporary and traditional environments.
'Strathmore', inspired by Scottish countryside
Liz Eeuwes’ carpets will be exhibited from 24 – 27 Septmember at 100%Design London, Earls Court.
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