Renowned for playful forays in color and texture, rug designer Nani Marquina takes a bold, circular approach with her Rangoli Rug (2008). Rangoli takes its name and inspiration from classic Hindu mosaics. A popular art in India, it’s a form of sand-painting that uses finely ground white powder. In this interpretation, the round pattern is handtufted in graphic black and white wool, beginning in the center and emanating outward. Its dynamic pattern is portrayed in neutral colors, ideal for placement in front of a sectional sofa, under a round dining room table or in an entry room. Marquina had a career as a textile designer before switching to rug design and creating her own company in 1986. In 2005, she was honored with the National Design Award from the Barcelona Center of Design. Together with the nonprofit Care & Fair, Nani Marquina is fighting against illegal child labor in the manufacturing of carpets.
Nani Marquina studied industrial design at the Massana School and she began her career with a job 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. In 1986, she created her own company and showroom in Barcelona.
A superb colorist, Marquina finds inspiration in nature, as well as in the challenge of creating something that hasn't been done before. The designer is also a firm believer that a rug must surprise and captivate, but never be too aggressive. The result is her striking depth in materials, ranging from low pile to long strands of felted wool to die-cut rose petals. In addition to her own work, Marquina's collection includes the work of select contributors, such as Tord Boontje and Joaquim Ruiz Millet. Nani Marquina is known internationally for her textiles and rugs, both of which have been exhibited in New York, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Osaka and Tokyo. Read more >