Early in her career, Nani Marquina was working as an interior designer when she couldn’t find the right
rug for a client’s space. She decided to design it herself, which led to a new career as a textile and rug
designer. In 1986, she started her own company and showroom in Barcelona. Her Gingko Rug (2012)
celebrates the natural beauty and patterns found in the veins of a gingko leaf. “I wanted to show that
beauty exists in shapes and textures naturally,” says the designer, “without the need to intervene with the
human hand.” In 2005, Marquina was honored with the National Design Award from the Barcelona Center
of Design. This prestigious award is one of the highest honors granted to designers by the Ministry of
Industry in Spain. Together with the nonprofit Care & Fair, Nani Marquina is fighting against illegal child
labor in the manufacturing of carpets. Made by hand in India.
"My job is chasing beauty," Nani Marquina told DWR in 2007. "The fullest place where you can find beauty is in nature. I love to stare at spectacular landscapes." A common thread that runs through her innovative and conceptual floor coverings, the natural world – including its shapes, colors and textures – has informed Marquina's work since she launched her company in 1987.
Nani Marquina studied industrial design at the Massana School in Barcelona and began her career in interior design. When she couldn't find rugs that were in tune with a client's space, she filled the gap with her own creations, which led to a new career as an independent textile designer. Read more >