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November 9 2012

Art reflected in tapestry

Art reflected in tapestry


New carpets that look like works of art have been exhibited during the FIAC in Paris, at the Hotel de Livry.

New carpets made from the work of artists and designers, under the guidance of Zurich-based gallerist, Franziska Kessler and art historian, Marianne Karabelnik. New carpets in eight different designs by the manufacturer Tai Ping, who specialise in hand-tufted rugs. A beautiful collaboration that allows carpets to (almost) climb walls and art to find a new form of expression and to step away from its confinements. A meeting of genres that gives us the Needknot collection.

«I dare not walk on it!» exclaimed a lady, stopping short before the carpet by the artist Ayşe Erkmen. The large black traces designed by the Turkish artist, echoing his wire installations, are spread on a soft cream background. The edges are irregular and follow the rhythm of the black lines. This abstract ensemble could easily hang on the wall to be contemplated like a work of art. But it – like the other eight being presented at the Off de la FIAC – is indeed a precious carpet, but it is also intended to be useful.

This original initiative is the brainchild of Franziska Kessler, who has always sought out unique means of expression for design and art. Originally a journalist-stylist Paris, specialising in design, and then a consultant, an advisor to private companies, a Gallerist and an interior designer, Franziska has always wanted works of art to express themselves outside of galleries, in apartments, hotels, and private places to give them a function, a purpose. It is with this idea in mind that she invited, along with Marianne Karabelnik, artists and contemporary designers such as Erik Bulatov, Christian Astuguevieille, Ayşe Erkmen, Alex Hanimann, Nic Hess, Melli Hink, Gioia Meller Marcovicz, Tosten Neeland and Karim Noureldin to each create a piece that was to then be translated into the form of carpet.

The Needknot collection was a challenge for Tai Ping, who has tried to transfer the artists’ designs as closely as possible onto the tapestries. To reproduce designs done with colour pencils or drawing pencils, a piece painted then finished with scotch, a photograph, a pattern in Chinese ink and even an image of a video still of broken plates was a first for Tai Ping, who put their expertise to the test for this collection like no other before. In order to better help them realise the true “image of the design, Melli Hink even presented them with a true perspective of the broken plates on the floor instead of a wall.


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