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S2G DESIGN

 

Working hand-in-hand with some of the the most meticulous weavers in the southern region of the Himalayas, Les Ateliers Courbet and Sabine de Gunzburg offer a large palette of custom rug design, weave and composition options. Exemplifying the Nepalese tradition of rug, the collection includes silk rugs by guest artists as well as designs by Sabine de Gunzburg and Les Ateliers Courbet. 

The history of weaving in the Himalaya region dates from the second century AD. Retrieved writings by ancient travelers and traders describe the clothes and rugs of the region, showing the evidence of the traditional craftsmanship in the southern region of the Himalaya. Rugs served as important material against the harsh cold of the winter season in the area.

 

In the early 17th century, Indian and Nepalese carpets became more superior. Materials like silk and pashmina were used and permitted greater number of knots to be included in the tapestry and the works of art. The use of silk and pashmina piles gave the rugs an incredibly soft texture and allowed for very tight knots, which greatly improved the weaving techniques. Yarn shading became popular, allowing for subtle gradations and hue and new artistic possibilities. By the mid-17th century, the local art of weaving reached new heights. Tapestries of these silk yarns incorporated nearly 4,500 knots per square inch.

 

As with all other crafts, carpet making also saw a downfall for sometime, but the traditions sustained through select and highly regarded families. To this day, Indian and Nepalese weavers are considered to produce the most highly technical, skillful, and classically crafted carpets and rugs in the world. In 1958, there were 14 factories with 350 looms and 80 cottage units with 400 looms, which expanded to a number of 3,500 carpet weavers in 1974, and amassed to a total number of nearly 48,000 people by the early 1990’s. This remarkable expansion of the carpet industry is mainly due to the program of intensive artisan training supported by the local governments and chambers of commerce. Under these programs, numerous groups of female weavers have been trained, cultivating expert skills and carrying on a know-how that has been deeply rooted in their culture for generations.

 

Sabine de Gunzburg collaborates with an elite workshop of highly skilled master weavers at the feet of the Himalaya. She has devoted most of her professional life to the development of the Artist Rugs Collection, the S2G Editions as well as bespoke pieces with her group of master-craftsmen collaborators. Sabine was named Ambassador of the Franco-Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for her contribution and support of the traditional heritage of the rug-weaving craftsmanship and her support of the local weavers community. 

 

 

 

ORANGE DOTS

 

Material: 100% natural silk

Hand-woven and hand-dyed at the feet of the Himalaya

 

Exhibition piece available: 150 x 240 cm (5’ x 8’)

The artist’s rugs are made upon order and may be sized at patron’s discretion.

 

RED CHANCE

 

Material: 100% natural silk

Hand-woven and hand-dyed at the feet of the Himalaya

 

Exhibition piece available: 150 x 240 cm (5’ x 8’)

The artist’s rugs are made upon order and may be sized at patron’s discretion.

 

CIRCLES

 

Material: 100% natural silk

Hand-woven and hand-dyed at the feet of the Himalaya

 

Exhibition piece available: 150 x 240 cm (5’ x 8’)

The artist’s rugs are made upon order and may be sized at patron’s discretion.