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.
"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 >