There is one major event that dictates the last season’s trends in the sphere of textile, rugs and flooring and that is the Domotex exhibition in Hanover. This leading event in the world of carpeting and rugs market is becoming more and more popular and influential and not in the last place that is due to its eminent jury selection. This year the organizers invited talented and renowned designers to judge the award distribution – like Stefan Diez head of the innovations at Domotex jury.
Or Piero Lissoni an Italian architect and designer that is a special guest of Domotex jury assembly. Each year the jury selects the most existing and innovative solutions in the rug and flooring trends. “The products are sometimes not completely finalized and mature as visual expression, but they still carry the charge of good idea and interesting innovations.”
Piero Lissoni is one of the biggest Italian designers today – he is a creative director for Living Divani, Porro, Lema and Boffi and he is a special guest of Domotex exhibitions. In an interview for Stylepark, he speaks about his inclination toward handmade rugs. Which, bring us to the focus of this article – the hand-weaved and the tribal rugs. He shares that as a collector of tribal rugs, for him they are an art piece, each with its special story to tell, each with their artistic identity. They are all made from precious, natural materials and each rug tells the story of the family that had created it: entwining cultural symbols, animals, flowers and events foretold in color. He finds that from objects of artistic collection the tribal rugs become an important element of the contemporary interior design and the accentuated zoning of the premises. Here is the hope that the nowadays rugs will have their one story to tell like their predecessors.
The designer shares that he always tries to integrate soft, rich surfaces in his projects: rugs made from wool or silk as well as rugs made from rattan and coconut fibers. But he keeps his distance from carpets. For a base of the flooring, he prefers wood or cement – as a natural fundament for a natural rug. “The innovations are the main engine that moves our world forward.” Piero Lissoni says.
Special interest for the interior designers are the correlations and interactions between the flooring base – wood, laminate or even concrete – with their textural coverage in the form of rugs or carpets. The rugs and carpets are subject to an active, flexible dynamic with many functions and fast changes because they are a product of an adaptive industry that internalizes quickly the innovations and the modern trends.
The recycling and sustainability of the materials are something that quickly becomes a norm in the industry and their innovative, and attractive usage in the sphere of floor coverage is a quality rewarded both by the jury and by the customers. For example “Myrana” the new quality of the Vorwerk collection “Fascination” by designer Giulio Ridolfo is offering a spectrum of 350 new colors.
In general the carpets are not attractive for the interior designers, their static functions in covering the room from wall to wall is not something appreciated by the dynamic and artistic searches of the designers. But still some customers prefer the carpet solution. So the application and search of one attractive, trendy line of colors and patterns is appreciated by the jury. This season the pastel tonalities demonstrated by Panton – Rose Quartz and Serenity are the hit.
Which are the companies and brands that received special attention, established future trends and mesmerized both the jury and the public? Each of the awarded companies has its one unique signature and attitude towards the market. In the luxury class and the category Best Modern Design Deluxe, the awarded rugs belong to Hossein Rezvani.
In his creation, he uses silk colored in the very modern copper tonality to contrast with the natural color of the wool. When you lay eyes on the pattern, you realized that it has its roots in the Persian tradition but expressed in a modern way, providing mirrored reflection of the abstract shape in amazing three-dimensional effects.
Hossein Rezvani shares that he is looking forward to the moment when the politicians will lift the sanctions towards Iran so he can work again with the rich resources that the country offers – it’s, after all, the Mather-land of the Persian rugs. So far the designers succeed with the great challenge to execute the original modern design in a traditional manner, translating classic patterns into the spirit of modern times without compromising the high standards, the exquisite quality, and innovative vision.
Crystallize – Ice from Creative Matters is a wonderfully executed motif inspired by the winter and the frosts – a Nature aspect with a strong suggestion that impresses with its high quality and artistry of expression. The colors are mild, softly merging into one another but still preserving the tension and dramatic sensation of the natural phenomenon. The inspiration coming from the frost patterns that cover the windows in the winter is poured into this gentle color piece of art, involving Tibetan wool, Chinese silk and the exquisite work of 100 knots per square inch and the pile length of four millimeters.
Lately more and more rugs draw the attention as an artistic picture or valuable piece of art. This tendency is best illustrated by the winner Art Resources, Emerald which offers us natural scenery composed in very stylish color palette – dramatic black, accentuating golden yellow and gray. A poetical landscape motif weaved with wool, silk and cotton, this mystical forest offers and aesthetic journey into its infinite trees that is passed the home decor and is more an artistic revelation inspired by nature than solely an object of the design.
And again two rugs inspired by winter and involving painting techniques, beautiful colors and soft textures. The Landscape Collection by Wool and Silk offers us a gentle tales of winter were one can discern a snow fox padding through the reed-like vegetation. A tale knotted in Nepal from hand-spun wool and silk.
Origami by Ayka Design echoing both traditional and contemporary fabric textures, this motif with its cross-hatching of shades and irregular pile lengths resembles brush strokes on an oil canvas. It’s 110 knots per square inch, dip-dyed, and hand-spun silk characteristics ensure outstanding quality.
This is the second excelled rug created by Ayka Design that combines realism with dramatic color compositions. Created with handspun silk and Tibetan knotting the beautifully, nuanced portrait creation by the designer K. Michelle Evans is offering an exciting combination of traditional and contemporary textures, motifs that a so smoothly and dynamically at the same time, cross-hatching their shades and tonalities that give harmonic pleasure to the observer.
After the amazingly high rug collection based on Eastern traditions, the designers from Studio Brieditis & Evans surprise us again showing a new collection inspired by traditional Swedish “Röllakan” rugs.
The Kasuri rugs are an amazing example of the Re Rag Rug collection that shows us how something ecologically and socially sustainable can also be stylish and trendy. Hand braided of excess from the T-shirt industry this new-old brand is made with craft techniques that do not require large spaces or machines and could, therefore, be manufactured as a cottage industry in textile producing countries. In this season, the collection comes in three colors- Indigo, Coffee and Sand and mesmerizes us with its rich textures and ornaments as well with its social and ecological implementations.
The Swedish textile artists Katarina Evans and Katarina Brieditis offer us anesthetic and innovative journey through the traditional hand-crocheted rugs inspiration, winner Re Orient, which has its modern implementations in our word full of waste and social injustice. Stimulating small local manufacturers and using discarded T-shirt materials the product are not only artistic and beautiful but also helpful to Nature and humans.
Here the ‘Squeeze’ collection of the Studio Brieditis & Evans shows us a carpet that flows through the room and over the furniture: one out-of-the-ordinary carpet, hand knitted from recycled jersey threads that reveals to us its double face texture in black and white.
The bedroom is a space where the cozy, welcoming atmosphere is eminent and the carpet – rug decoration has a leading role in creating the premise aesthetic comfort. This is the case with the bedroom interior decoration from Rug Star, which offers a harmonious color pattern in the very modern dark tonality.
In conclusion, we may summarize that in the season of 2016-2017 the modern carpets will entertain us with pastel tonalities, pale non-geometrical patterns and free, natural shapes and figures that are close to the landscape and portrait art. The contrast and monochrome patterns will capture us with their expressive nature. The new trendy rugs will mesmerize and influence the everyday life. The modern interpretations of the Persian rugs with their new color combinations and motif expressions will offer a choice for those who love the classic. And keep in mind; it will be trendy to explore the stylish, characteristic and pictorial pattern for your rug decoration.