by Helena Rohner and Paula Pappenheim
The carpet firm Dac Rugs has collaborated with the jeweler and designer Helena Rohner and the illustrator Paula Pappenheim in two new collections that will fill interiors with naturalness and warmth, craftsmanship and design.
Helena Rohner signs four hand-knotted pieces with ecological materials -wool and jute- which, being very resistant fibers and not previously manipulated, Dac Rugs uses both for the first time in their carpet collections, giving the touch a sensational game of textures. The collection stands out, like the jewels of the Canarian designer, for its elegance and, at the same time, for its simplicity. There are tribal motifs with a contemporary feel in Nilia, a shape that refers to the stick of a 'polo' ice-cream in pastel tones in Popsycle, blocks of colour in Helena and two-tone waves in Ripple.
Pale Nilia, Helena Rohner for Dac Rugs. Ph: ©Amador Toril
Raspberry Ripple, Helena Rohner for Dac Rugs. Ph: © Amador Toril
Red Helena, Helena Rohner for Dac Rugs. Ph: ©Amador Toril
Mint Popsycle, Helena Rohner for Dac Rugs. Ph: ©Amador Toril
Mint Popsycle, detail. Ph: ©Amador Toril
Madrid based illustrator and graphic artist Paula Pappenheim, founder of Pappenpop print design studio, has designed three other handcrafted models with wool and bamboo, to dress spaces with essence, subtlety and harmony. These designs are born from her admiration for classical Persian carpets, but also from her desire to transform those sumptuous compositions, with their palatial ornaments, respecting that legacy and rescuing the essentials, into something fresher and more modern that transmits calmness. In her Ornate series it can be apreciated a careful attention to detail and profusion of elements and symmetries, both common denominators of all Pappenpop's works. With regard to the palette, she opted for pale grays mixed with touches more powerful recovered from Persian colours: gold / ocher, red / wine and blue / indigo. The names of each carpet also refer to those grandiloquent airs. While in Imperial Fowl the flowers, leaves and feathers of peacock blend and flow like a waterfall creating a game of reflection and symmetry that reminds us of cards, in Queentropy vegetation and tropical palm leaves form a damask pattern that evokes the classic structures of textile composition and the golden epochs of ornamental richness.
Imperial Fowl King, Paula Pappenheim for Dac Rugs. Ph: ©Amador Toril
Imperial Fowl King, detail. Ph: ©Amador Toril
Queentropy Grand, Paula Pappenheim for Dac Rugs. Ph: ©Amador Toril
In both collections, Dac Rugs, with Nacho Curt at the front of the team, has contributed its deep technical knowledge of this ancestral tradition, as well as the application of new work techniques.
- On sale at BSB Alfombras
- Paris, 174. 08036 Barcelona, T. 93 410 74 41
- and online at www.dacrugs.com