Hand knotted Rug
Inspired by the beauty and complexity of the rain forest in Brazil ,Manaus echoes the layers of the foliage and fauna that is discovered by mysterious layers of hanging yarns. The design is unique with a three dimensional Texture that captures the movement of the rain forest. Using the Looped Tibetan knot technique in one hundred percent hand-spun silk, the long threads overhang to conceal the loops below.To the touch the yarns can move to reveal the hidden textures of new life below.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The objective was to create movement and a rug design that would always change daily. A harmonious design was balanced with different textures of short looped threads hidden by longer hanging yarns. It was inspired to change a two dimensional object such as a floor covering into a three dimensional texture that would evoke interaction by the user.
The aim was to create a new technique and to challenge the thinking of something traditional in a completely new vision.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The design opens up new ways of taking old traditions into a modern way of thinking. With the skilled artisans techniques of hand weaving this quality will last for years and outlive machine made designs.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The design concept was started in September 2014 and it took about five months to hand weave in India
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The silk yarns were first hand-spun to create various thicknesses that would give a three-dimensional effect when woven into a flat form. Then the yarns were Double Dipped Dyed to achieve even more gradient tones on the different thicknesses, which intensifies the colors. Then during the weaving process long and short threads were intermixed adding even more variations and extra depth in the design so it allowed a sense of movement as the yarns were flattened or raised in different heights.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The Dimensions are 2500mm width by 3000mm Length. The rug is hand woven with one hundred percent of the highest quality hand-spun silks in the Tibetan knot. The date of Completion was April 2015.
Manaus, Circle of Life, Hand-knotted, Silks
Having over twenty years as an interior designer, I learned that a rug had a strong effect on all interiors. I set up my own company with a different design philosophy which was missing from the market. My instinct was to create designs that were artistic and which were created from my own experience rather than just patterns.
One of the rewarding challenges was to work with the skilled artisans who brought with them generations of techniques but whose vision of design was rooted in their older traditions. I had to work with them to understand my visions and to challenge their own ideas of what a rug design was all about. It was not until the rug was finished, that they saw the vision. It was very rewarding to see their satisfaction and pride on something they had never made before and now had become part of them too.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Karen Michelle Evans
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K. Michelle Evans Copyright 2015