Persian Colors explores the properties of natural fibers. The carpets are chromatically composed of tonalities from the natural environment: pollen, moss, scarlet and charcoal.
Tradition and craftsmanship are the primary inspiration of this collection of flexible, soft and bright rugs that are also simple and plain. Persian Colors rugs are knitted with Persian knot and hand spun Afghan wool through a laborious manual process that enriches the fabric providing a texture of extreme softness. Each thread, each knot, transports us to the universe and the origin of rugs.
The Persian knot is an essential element of Persian art and culture. Its origin comes from the nomadic tribes of Persia, where carpets were a necessary asset of the people to protect themselves from the winter and, often, marked the limits of their houses in the desert.
Craftsmanship and millenary Persian weaving tradition are undoubtedly the basis of this collection, claiming to return to the basics and enjoy the small details of life. Because the collection is hand spun, the colors of the rugs are irregular and transfer the value of manual and ancestral techniques.
Elena Marquina, known as Nani Marquina, was born in Barcelona in 1952. After studying Industrial Design at the Massana school there, she started to work with the architects Sellés-Marquina in 1973. In 1984, she made her first carpets, and decided to devote herself to design and set up her company, Nanimarquina, two years later. In 1988, some of her creations were already being exported to Germany and Japan. A year later, one of her collections was selected for the shop at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Since 2006 Nani Marquina has been president of the ADP (Professional Designers' Association).