In the latest collaboration for Spanish rug makers Nanimarquina, Neri & Hu has created a series of symbolic pieces that draw on calligraphy, texture, pattern and colour.
When designers who predominantly work with the three dimensional – architecture, furniture, objects – approach the design of textiles, it's always interesting to see the results. Nanimarquina has had a lot of success doing this, working with French designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec on Losanges in 2011 and Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien on the Rabari collection in 2014. So to launch their Cologne Fair show earlier in the year, they commissioned the Shanghai-based studio of Neri & Hu.
Well known for inter-disciplinary works across architecture, accessories, furniture, branding and installations, Neri & Hu has gained worldwide recognition and the attention of leading design makers, for example the Dutch manufacturer Moooi has produced the studio's Emperor and Common Comrades collections.
The Blue Ceramic and Blurred Ink carpets for Nanimarquina are contemporary yet steeped in Chinese history and culture, experience, detail, material and form. Adding another cultural overlay, the rugs are made in India using New Zealand wool and hand knotted and hand tufted techniques. In the accompanying film, founder Nani Marquina takes us on a journey to India to meet the craftsmen and women who blend the country's traditional rug making techniques that go back centuries, with contemporary design ideas developed through Nanimarquina's many collaborations.