Nani Marquina’s Unique and Completely Handmade Rugs
Nani Marquina, daughter of Spanish design pioneer Rafael Marquina, established her brand nanimarquina in 1987 in Barcelona, following in her father’s footsteps. Committed to making incredible and unique rugs for everyday use, Nani Marquina became famous for her contemporary design. Her work started through her fascination with nomadic cultures, especially the aspect of a rug’s symbolic and practical use in day-to-day living. She decided to juxtapose traditionally made rugs with modern design, drawing inspiration from cultures with decades-long craftsmanship. During this journey through countries and cultures, she has mastered the use of new materials and, in the process, innovated the craft of making extraordinary rugs. Today, she is surrounded by talented international designers, joined in an effort to create unique and completely handmade pieces.
Good Things Come In Threes – The Tres Collection
Tres is based on a traditional Indian flat-weave Dhurrie rug and arguably the most successful collection of the nanimarquina brand. It has received the International Good Design Award, one of the most prestigious and long-lasting design awards in the world.
The technique of archaic weaving gives this collection a special flair, while the combination of three separate parts with three different fibers, New Zealand wool, felt and cotton, gives it its name. The Tres collection rugs come in several colors – black, blue, ochre, chocolate, pearl, sage, turquoise – all of them available in various shades. The three-part composition of weaving and the combination of different kinds of materials provides a symmetry in texture which is truly unique. The collection shows how tradition can be intertwined with modernity, and how inspiring aesthetics always comes from quality and devotion to the creative process. Finally, looking at functionality, to put it simply – these rugs are cozy, compatible with varying design styles, and come in two sizes, allowing them to complement various spaces.
Hayon x Nani Collection
Created with the hand tufting technique, a manually operated pistol injects pieces of wool, intuitive and fluid lines are achieved, as well as an organic composition. The definitive and faithful reproduction of the original sketch by the designer.
A first glance reveals a chaotic tangle of colors and shapes that invade the rug. However, after looking carefully, the imagination of Jaime Hayon springs to life: turtles, lips, hands, stools, fish, half men – half birds…
“Art is linked to what hasn’t been done yet, to what has not been created yet. It is something outside of you, in the future, something to search for.” Eduardo Chillida
The artwork of Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002) represents one of the greatest artistic accomplishments of the late 20th century.
To pay homage to the artist, the Chillida collection was created based on a chronological selection of his work: Figura Humana – 1948, Dibujo Tinta – 1957, and Collage – 1966, pieces that reflect the gestation process of his renown sculpture: Peine del Viento located in San Sebastián. The collection also includes two depictions of his famous hands: Mano and Manos from the ‘90s, and Gravitación from 1993 and 1994.
Chillida’s artistic nuances have been faithfully translated into rugs, all handmade using various techniques and fibres, such as wool, silk, and hand-spun mohair, to create different textures, showcasing the essence of his work.
The Lattice Collection
The Lattice collection springs from the organic imagination of the Bouroullec brothers.
The basic pattern, rhythmically reproduced, gives rise to a harmonic succession of colors.
Balance, proportion and irregularity are the key elements in the controlled disorder that transforms Lattice into a unique creation.
“Rugs are commonly designed as a surface on which a pattern is distributed. However in the case of Lattice, the pattern is defined as a constructive system to generate the form of the rug itself. The system of colored bands, in which pattern, form and color are linked in an intimate manner, creates a different scope.” – Explain the Bouroullec.
Respecting a Culture: Giving back to the Community
Nanimarquina’s team cherishes the opportunity to work in local communities, with high respect to natural resources. Broadening knowledge in manual techniques from various corners of the world, the team devotes itself to understanding local cultural and craft heritage, never forgetting to contribute to the communities which had welcomed them. Back in 1993, they moved to India to focus on local handicraft, making sure to better the local peoples’ working conditions within the rug creating process. What is more, nanimarquina collaborates with the organization Care & Fair, realized as part of the Kala Project, providing education and higher living standards for children in areas with rug production. Every rug has a Care & Fair logo which means it was made without child labor.