In the heart of London’s affluent Mayfair locale lies the Burlington Arcade, the longest covered shopping street in Britain. The stylish walkway offers brands such as Linley, Lulu Guinness, Wright & Teague, and Penhaligon’s. For such an exclusive venue one needs an exclusive carpet. On Monday of this week the Arcade’s new 180 metre carpet was revealed. Designed by David Linley’s design company Linley and UK carpet giants Brinton, the new carpet has an international outlook illustrating iconic structures from across the globe. Featured buildings include the Eiffel Tower in Paris, St Pauls Cathedral in London, Italy’s Duomo di Milano, Reichstag in Berlin, Seattle’s Space Needle, New York’s Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Guggenheim Museum, the Christ Redeemer in Rio, the Sydney Opera House, Moscow’s Dormition Cathedral, The Aspire Tower in Doha, India’s Taj Mahal, China’s Pearl TV Tower and Forbidden City and The Sail in Singapore.
For the first time ever, Paris-based arts patron and designer Sabine de Gunzburg will share her exquisite collection of artists’ rugs with the U.S. market, in an exhibition at New York gallery Atelier Courbet. The rugs feature the designs of artists and creative forces of the 20th and 21st centuries, but what truly sets the line apart is the materials. “The big difference is that this has never been done in silk,” de Gunzburg says. “Silk has something that no other material has, which is shine and reflection—one shade of red can be interpreted as 15 shades of red depending on the light.”
De Gunzburg’s initial foray into artists’ rugs began two years ago, when she approached the estate of French painter Francis Picabia, a favorite of de Gunzburg’s since childhood. She was granted permission to make one rug featuring his work. Upon seeing the quality of the completed piece, the estate approved a limited edition of signed, numbered rugs, and the series “took off from there,” de Gunzburg says.
The new collection that will be unveiled today at Atelier Courbet features stunning works based on pieces by Picabia and Serge Poliakoff, as well as designs by Frank Gehry, Vladimir Kagan, and Matthias Bitzer. The designs are available in limited editions of three or six, each signed by the artist or featuring the artist’s signature as certified by the estate. Select pieces from de Gunzburg’s own S2G Design line of rugs will also be on view; prices are available upon request for both collections.
Question: What is the Difference Between Hand-knotted and Hand-tufted Rugs?
Answer: Even though both hand-knotted and hand-tufted rugs are made by hand, they are very different in many respects. The process of creating both types of rugs is different in complexity, time and skill level. The resulting product may also have a different look and feel. They can also differ in cost and longevity.Lets go a little more into detail:
Weaving a hand-knotted rug requires skill and time. The quality of a hand-knotted carpet is determined by the number of knots per square inch, and a higher density means better quality.A complex pattern can require very dense knotting and it can take a long time to produce. An average weaver can tie about 10,000 knots per day. So you can imagine how long it can take to complete one rug. The time involved also accounts for hand-knotted rugs costing more.
A hand tufted rug is made by punching strands of wool into a canvas which is stretched on a frame. This is accomplished with the help of a hand operated tool. This process is not very time intensive, and does not require the same level of skill that hand-knotting does.After piling with wool, the rug is removed from the frame and a scrim fabric is glued to the back, while a fringe is added by either sewing on, or gluing.
A hand-tufted rug will generally cost less than a hand-knotted rug, because it is produced using a less labor and skill intensive process.
A hand-knotted rug will generally outlast a hand-tufted one. It can become a family heirloom and last for generations if it is used with care. A hand-tufted rug will not last as long.
Value is determined not by how little or how much a rug costs. A good quality hand-knotted rug, can become a collector’s item, but you must remember this doesn’t hold true for just any rug, because there is a whole range from poorly made to exquisite. Hand-tufted rugs never quite achieve the heirloom status because they are never one of a kind.