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.