Black On White by Nanimarquina
Black On White
Mariscal I Xano Armenter, Joaquim Ruiz I Sybilla
2003 I 2008
Faced with the challenge of blank paper, some authors capture its very essence on designer rugs. A graphic and industrial designer, a painter, a fashion designer and a writer and art gallery director create each of these four exclusive designs, in which four very personal visions of the rug as contemporary object are made clear. All have something in common: choosing the absence of colour, black and white in monochrome, to intensify its identity. A dichotomy. A horizontal canvas. A work of art underfoot.
ESTAMBUL Javier Mariscal (re-edition of the 1987 original)
The original model for this piece was a watercolour painted by Mariscal in 1987. Its final design conveys the basic outline of the classic Persian rug. Using this as its point of departure, it is updated using unique lines reminiscent of those used in comics, synthesising East and West, traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design in just one product.
FLORES Sybilla (2003)
Using a Picasso painting as a reference point, the fashion designer fills the white space with the essential features of flowers. Black stems, petals and the other stalks are interlaced, forming an elemental tapestry. In the line of abstract art, this work implies a rhythm between femininity and toughness, imprecision and simplicity.
LIMBO Xano Armenter (2003)
Limbo was a gallery/bar in New York where the creator of this piece used to listen to music, drink beer and hang his paintings, dreaming of fame. As a memory-cum-homage to that very special place, Armenter has given this piece, which is based around a type of cosmopolitan mandala, this evocative name. It features a staircase or spiral towards the centre or goal, inspired by the game of snakes and ladders, where much depends on chance. That’s why it is said that this rug brings luck.
MANUSCRIT Joaquim Ruiz Millet (2003)
In 1991, Joaquim Ruiz Millet started a novel that he would finish five years later. During his work’s gestation period, a page of the unpublished manuscript gave rise to a series of objects, such as this rug, with spindly characters that move the work plane from hands to feet. Expanding it, the original becomes the abstract.
Fiber: 100% Wool (New Zealand)
Technique: Hand tufted
Density: 46.500 knots/m2
Hair Height: 14 mm
Overall height: 20 mm
Weight: 4,50 kg/m2
Product group: Carpets Rugs / Designer rugs Shape rectangular Technique hand-tufted Velour/suede Material wool Colour multicoloured Colour black Colour white Pattern abstract Pattern geometric Pattern plants/flowers
Designer: Xano Armenter Javier Mariscal Joaquim Ruiz Sybilla