Sabine de Gunzburg—a former interior designer, patron of the arts, and collector based in Paris—curated the exhibition at Atelier Courbet. She has been making rugs for clients as well under her own label, S2G Design, for the past few years. This is her first U.S. exhibition.
De Gunzburg has been working with teams of master craftsman in India and Nepal to create rugs and modern tapestries that are hand woven with 100-percent silk thread. The prints are a mix of her own designs and paintings or drawings by Franch artists, like Francis Picabia, who have long been close to her and her family.
De Gunzburg travels often to her workshop in Nepal where she makes rugs for other interior designers as well as for her own collection, S2G Design. Already a hit in Europe, her collaboration with Atelier Courbet is her first foray into the U.S. market.
France Seligmann, Sabine de Gunzburg's mother, commissioned wool rugs by many famous artists, including Fernand Leger, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Braque for her Lucie Weil gallery. Gunzburg switched to silk because of the tonality that can come from the material. “With silk, one color can give you 10 different tones, while wool gives you one,” she says.
One of the rugs in the collection is by Serge Poliakoff. The Russian-born French modernist painter was considered one of the most powerful of his generation. The woven drawings are signed by the artists with certificates from his estate.
Another rug in the series is this woven painting by iconic modern furniture designer Vladimir Kagan. The German-born designer studied architecture at Columbia University and has been New York-based ever since. He was on hand for the opening reception and said he would be excited “when we’ve sold three,” he says. Each rug retails for $25,000.