Committed to ancient Traditions
Zollanvari, one of the greats in the art of Persian carpet weaving, shines with various worthwhile additions to its collections of superfine Gabbehs.7 Dec 2022
With its creations, Zollanvari AG, based in Embrach, Switzerland, embodies the spirit of carpet design and weaving - an extraordinary art form that has been appreciated all over the world for more than two millennia. Zollanvari's passion lies in particular with the elaborate weavings of the nomadic peoples of southern Persia, where almost all of its collections are woven. This deep understanding of the splendour and richness of the weaving aesthetic has always informed Zollanvari's carpet production, making it unique and timeless - qualities that have established the Zollanvari name as a global pioneer in the creation of carpet art over the past 75 years.
Recently, Zollanvari's collections of superfine Gabbehs (traditional hand-knotted Persian carpets) have been successfully refreshed. For the "Ikebana Kyoto 14" collection, for example, Reza Zollanvari developed completely new designs inspired by the Japanese culture of the late 19th century. In particular, the mutual influence of Japanese aesthetics and the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements is evident in the designs of the traditional tit kimonos. The sumptuous florals of these superfine gabbehs are superbly highlighted against the dynamic background with an abrasion effect.
The latest collection of superfine Gabbehs, consisting of five designs, goes by the name "Mirror Ceiling Geometry". The name is meant to recall the intricate art of Ayeneh-Kari, a decorative mirror mosaic technique that adorns the walls of Persia's mosques and palaces. The Viennese studio NOV24 has now translated this architectural effect, which can be seen in the shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad and the Golestan Palace in Tehran, among other places, into a carpet motif.
"Multiple Trees meets Woodlands", in turn, is a fusion of the two popular collections "Multiple Trees" and "Into the Woods". With colours and motifs from nature, these varied carpets illustrate the classical Persian art of knotting in dialogue with contemporary Western trends. Traditional tree motifs such as the cypress - the symbolic embodiment of the Persian garden - on a colourful background give a semi-realistic representation of the season.
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