A collection of rugs that goes beyond a celebration of the handmade to salute the individuality of the artisans behind the creation of the rugs.
cc-tapis has since its beginnings united the vision of cutting-edge designers with the artistry of traditional Tibetan rug-makers in Nepal. To craft the rugs, artisans meticulously twist yarns of natural Himalayan wool knot by knot, creating a rectangle from which the final free-form shape of a cc-tapis rug is cut, leaving corners and sections that are to be sheared off as excess which are then recycled by cc-tapis — areas where rug-makers are at liberty to express their own messages beyond the design’s borders, knotting words of their choosing into these extraneous parts.
“We wanted to remove the veil between us and the makers,” (…) “It’s the beginning of a dialogue, instead of merely a finished product.”
say Formafantasma’s Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi.
02 Patricia Urquiola
Research which began with the Slinkie Collection for cc-tapis, Pipeline is the translation of Urquiola’s digital artworks into an artisanal product. A series of connected tubes emerge from the surface of the rug and create a labyrinth of color whose volume gives a sense of depth to the rug. Multiple chromatic evolutions that develop through circular movements, overlapping on different levels of Himalayan wool, focusing the gaze on the space outlined by the tubes.
Traditional artisans transform Patricia Urquiola’s Pipeline signature elements into hand-knotted rugs and wall hanging pieces, rethinking the original design for both horizontal and vertical applications. Breaking traditional rug boundaries, blurring the line between design and art. Materials aid the evolution of the design as some tubes begin to grow from the surface of the rug as the pile morphs into different colors, rounded shapes and shaggy pile heights.
03 Objects of Common Interest
“The 3 shapes are almost like cutouts of an endless landscape, frozen moments in time, samples extracted to be studied up close.”
The starting point and inspiration for Objects of Common Interest comes from the observation of landscapes and natural materials but specifically how they transform through erosion and decomposition. By exploring the natural pattens which exist in different types of woods such as maple and cherry, the studio dove into the visual illusions that are naturally present in the grain and fibers of wood, translating them into pattens similar to traditional Moiré textiles.
To create these delicate and complex patterns, cc-tapis and OoCI investigated jacquard weaving techniques, a production method which has been used for over two centuries primarily in the production of textiles.
A technique which is very rarely used in the world of rug-making due to its complexity, employing thousands of individual spools of yarn being connected to traditional horizontal Indian hand-looms. A technique which has pushed the boundaries of cc-tapis’ craftsmanship, expanding the company’s production capabilities.
04 Bethan Laura Wood
Guadalupe Collection is inspired by The New Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, one of the most visited religious sites in the world designed by Pedro Ramírez Vázquez together with four other architects in 1974; a symbol of Mexican culture. During her voyage to Mexico Bethan visited the Basilica and was captured by the graphical shapes of its stained-glass windows. Working with cc-tapis, she interpreted these shapes with a subtle nod to traditional Otomi embroideries, developing a rhythmic and expressive pattern applied to rugs and one wall hanging, hand-knotted pieces made with the finest natural materials such as Himalayan wool, linen, silk and aloe.
05 Germans Ermičs
“I start with basic geometric forms, circles, squares and rectangles and I let the design transform them,” the designer says of the process.
To create the soft fade effect central to the design of the collection, cc-tapis developed a new coloring system, combining threads of Himalayan wool in alternating saturations in a labor-intensive process that resulted in a delicate meditation on color and form.