About a year ago, I did a home feature for a Danish magazine. I visited the home of The Architects Choice. This was where I touched one of the wonderful and gorgeous handmade rugs by nanimarquina the first time – it was love at first sight and I have been dreaming of my very own rug ever since.
On my recent Blogger Tour Spain I was lucky enough to not only see the entire nanimarquina rug collection up close, I even met the sweet Nani herself. Nani told us her story, how she founded the company in 1967, driven by the desire to create innovative rugs. She has been collaborating with prestigious international designers to create unique collections and always with a genuine sustainable approach to the world, being aware of others and trying to help to improve the lives of people who live in the areas where nanimarquina produce their rugs.
Caring for the environment is a key preoccupation at nanimarquina. Under the international premise of “reuse, reduce, recycle”, they pay the utmost attention in caring for and preserving the environment that surrounds us. They strive to enhance their work with the use of biodegradable and recycled products, experimenting with different types of textures and fibres. Their traditional production techniques further contribute towards preserving natural resources for the use and enjoyment of future generations.
After the great presentation – and breakfast. It was time to work. We all got a little corner and 20 minutes to interpret the essence of the new Mélange collection. Mélange is a contemporary version of the kelim. An exercise in aesthetic rationalization that upholds the ancestral handcrafted techniques of Pakistan. It is more affordable than other nanimarquina collections. I love the many patterns and the patchwork feeling you achieved by overlaying more rugs.
A dream came through, as we all walked home with a nanimarquina rug from the new Mélange collection. However, now I am just sigh even more after a big rug for the living room. And seeing them all in the showroom, didn’t make it easier – there is so many beautiful rugs to choose from.
Photography by Allan Torp
Our tour and events was part of the Design Bloggers United Spain tour, and arranged for us by Spanish Design Companies Association RED (Reunión Empresas de Diseño). It’s formed to promote the spanish design in international markets.