Martí Guixé, a designer with a conceptual and unconventional take on design, has breathed new life into the classic Kerman rug, recreating the mythical pictorial motifs of birds, flowers, horses and deer often found on these Persian rugs – though in his version appearing and disappearing like ghosts.
“The story goes that the magic of Kerman rugs goes back to about the year 1500: in the 16th and 17th centuries, the inhabitants of this part of central Iran, lying between mountains and the Lut Desert, were masters at weaving rugs of extraordinary sizes and designs.” says producer Nanimarquina. “This old tradition regained popularity in the 19th century, turning Kerman into one of Persia’s main rug producing areas once again.”
“Ghost is a rug that plays with shadows in black and white, a mysterious and brilliant blend of past and present that remains faithful to the strange simplicity and seriousness of the artist’s work. The noise and saturation of the design put a modern spin on the traditional rug, drawing us into the exuberance of the scene, so timeless and yet so fresh.”
“I worked on a small part each day, sometimes painting during the day and sometimes at night… the graphic arrhythmias reflect my different moods over a period of three months of work and give Ghost a touch of mysticism.” says Martí Guixé.