Little Field of Flowers
Nanimarquina—In 1987, Barcelona-based designer Nani Marquina established a textile and rug design studio. Since 1993, the company’s designs have been manufactured in northern India. Marquina has devoted her career to promoting sustainable ethics in production. Her definition of “sustainable” applies both to materials (her rugs are mostly biodegradable, and one, Bicicleta, is made from recycled bike inner tubes) and to fair labor and trade practices. In 2006, Nanimarquina introduced Little Field of Flowers, the first rug by Netherlands-born, England-trained, France-based Tord Boontje.
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- “We ordered the first prototypes in an embossed pattern,” explains Marquina, who works with several Indian manufacturing facilities.
- As Boontje’s signature style is often associated with cutouts, Marquina’s solution was a good fit.
- Depending on the size of the rug—they come in three sizes—one or two technicians at SPN operate the loom, which involves painstaking manual labor.
- Little Field of Flowers was first conceived in 2005, when, in the cyclical course of design trends, flowery was at the height of fashionability.
- In a quiet corner of the famed Spanish party island, rug designer Nani Marquina and photographer Albert Font have carved out a serene, site-sensitive home.
- Nanimarquina, the Barcelona-based rug manufacturer, experiments with color and patterns at Milan Design Week 2014.
Kilim-style wool rugs from Barcelona's Nani Marquina allude to Spain's Moorish past. Their black and white geometric patterns and bands of color are woven by hand in Pakistan.
Weinrib’s reversible flatweave carpets, like this one inspired by African prints, are hand-woven in India from natural cotton.