Sabine Marcelis, known for her masterful manipulation of color and shade, debuts a new collection for cc-tapis, Stroke. Each room is envisioned as a blank canvas and the rug as the singular gesture onto which one builds a composition. Starting from these domestic associations, Marcelis considers the expressive potential of everyday life.
“The house is like a canvas and we are constantly creating drawings and marks and traces with our daily gestures. Strokes, wipes, brushes, streaks; surfaces become a temporary canvas. The rugs I designed for cc-tapis capture two of those gestures in a permanent state,” she says of her creative process, which also took cues from Lichtenstein’s pop-art brushstroke paintings and the colorful fields of Pablo Tomek’s spontaneous movements, harnessing the totality of the gesture within each design.
Each rug features a gradient of color saturation and pile height, mirroring the three- dimensionality and irregular pigment of a stroke of paint. The ridges and valleys a painter relies on to build intensity are rendered in dyed wool, highlighting the thoughtful craftsmanship present in each cc-tapis creation.
cc-tapis is an Italian company which produces contemporary handmade rugs which are created in Nepal by expert Tibetan artisans. The company was founded by Nelcya Chamszadeh and Fabrizio Cantoni in France who have been producing hand-knotted rugs in Nepal for over 20 years.
In 2011 cc-tapis moved to Milan where the company is now based and a team of designers lead by Daniele Lora, art-director and partner, innovate through a new approach to traditional methods.