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February 27, 2012
Thank you Michael Welton from Architects + Artisans for the coverage about the art of the rug – a glimpse into the personality of my work. You are a much better and complete writer than I am (obviously).
To read about the coverage and more of Michael’s original content visit here
February 21, 2012
The iridescent blue of the sky and sea…
the rich depth of sepia…
delectable hue of blue/black olives…
the comfort of creams of ancient ruins.
a country i can never get enough of. It’s the love of Morocco that makes me live it more in my mind than in my senses.
It goes without saying that Morocco is a country that’s seductively rich with pure beauty and artistic tradition. Morocco made me wonder how my life would have been like if i had lived there. *sigh*…i don’t even know where to begin.
When i visited morocco i was immediately wowed by the rich deep pigments that painted secluded streets, arts and crafts, architecture and tradition. This gave me an idea to interpret through a modern design, what i think are some of the most magnificent color sceneries I’ve seen anywhere. Sceneries that taught me about color, texture and being bold even for a moment. Sultry rug design was born.
I was so excited to get to work. It’s easy to grab a brush and start painting everything i saw and i would if i could, but i had to hold myself and go slow. I chose to work with an abstract pattern not necessarily showing Moroccan motifs, but there are hints in the design showing that influence. I then played with a limited color palette which plays a big part in the design inspiration, picking hues that have harmonious undertone.
The use of custom blend fibers in cool tonal values play off nicely the negative spaces of the abstract pattern. With meticulous artistic hands that weaved this piece, this is a modern chic hand-made rug where colors and design get equal credit.
Just love…don’t you?
Sultry – hand knotted in Nepal. 100knot construction. custom blend fibers. GoodWeave certified.
February 6, 2012
I never thought a silhouette of any kind could inspire me except for, maybe, the strong contrast. But with a close observations and “bigger” eyes I was struck by a silhouette complex simplicity and how a strong contrast can beautifully engaged with its surroundings.
I tried to fight the thought that designing a rug inspired by silhouettes would be tricky to create. After all, a silhouette lacks details and depth. It’s like smiling in the dark when no one can see it. I wondered how I can translate something so simple that lacks details into something detailed that plays off light, texture and form without losing the main idea? Going through my silhouette images I found an intriguing subject to work with although I wasn’t sure what I particularly liked, I was captured by what I felt and I was up for the challenge.
Google research on photography taught me that silhouette is a technique captured on a perfect timing. In other words, depends on the time of the day the image is taken the foreground stays dark but the background has a beautiful play of light and color. I love this idea. The silhouettes in my images were taken not because it was a silhouette, it’s because I liked what I saw and I didn’t connect my photos to design at that time. Well, surprise surprise.
Germany last winter I walked around downtown Frankfurt and raised my head to look at the cold skies, I saw one of the most amazing silhouettes: naked dark tree canopies stood frozen against the cool blue/gray/reddish skies, shooting outlines of branches in every direction. It looked stunning.
Another silhouette captured my attention when I was in Tuscany this past summer: the evening sun gently peeked through dark trees in the foreground illuminating the sky in soft hues.
New York City
My backyard: I love the silhouette that’s reflected in the pool
Back at my desk, a couple of ideas popped in my head, a limited color palette to work with and only few fibers to play off texture while thinking abstract, form, dark. I begun to mess up lots of sketches…until I finally got something out of this mess. Then, I put it in my drawer.
Like with any other painting or design I always put it away for a while…does it ever happen to you?
When I finally submitted the Silhouette drawings to our factory in Nepal for production, as curious as I am, I had to behave and patiently wait for the arrival of the new rug.
And when it did…I was floored.
So…what do you think?
This beauty can be seen at our Sloan Miyasato showroom representative in San Francisco and at the D&D New York.