9 designers. 9 countries. 10 handcrafted carpets. One exhibition

9 designers. 9 countries. 10 handcrafted carpets. One exhibition

Global design project “One Love” to be displayed by Hands Carpets

at Downtown Design 2020 Digital Fair, 9-14 November 2020

Dubai, November 7th, 2020:  During Dubai Design Week, Hands Carpets are showcasing their curated ‘One Love’ collection at Downtown Design’s new digital fair launching 9th November 2020 on their website www.downtowndesign.com.   In addition, three of the one-of-a-kind creations – Italy, Turkey, and the masterpiece ‘10th carpet’, a collaboration of four designers, juxtaposing the projections of the designers’ hands – will be on physical display, for the first time in the UAE.

The underlying theme of the fair this year explores the evolving values that will inform how we will live, work and play in a post-pandemic landscape.  Please see below the collection announcement made earlier this year, for full details of the concept, which honours humanity’s unified stand and the uplifting benefits of creativity in overcoming adversity.

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Humanity’s unified stand against the sweeping impact of the pandemic the world is going through inspired an artistic endeavour by Mumbai-based architect Padmini Pandey. An endeavour that brought together Hands Carpets and architects and designers from nine countries across five continents. Facilitated by innumerable discussions over transcontinental video calls, the One Love collection was born.

One Love is a special collection of ten handmade carpets curated by architect Padmini Pandey.

A part of the proceeds from the collection will go to Project Mala, a special programme dedicated to the education of children. The sale of each carpet will sponsor a year in the primary education of one underprivileged child residing in and around the carpet making centres of India.

One Love that weaves us together

The collection is a labour of love of nine design professionals — Pamela Caspani from Australia, Regina Davila from Guatemala, Padmini Pandey from India, Sheena Poerwantoro from Indonesia, Luisa Scanu from Italy, Karla Celorio from Mexico, Katia Santillan S. from Peru, Svetlana Selivanova from Russia and Tuna Meier from Turkey.

“We, as architects and designers, have the power to shape and mould societies! We must exercise this power of design to contribute to the society’s welfare,” elaborated Ms Pandey, known for her award-winning design and architectural work in hospitality and luxury homes. “When creativity is used in the case of adversity, it empowers the concept of humanity rising above all odds & one love is born” she added.

From the vividly coloured Australian reefs to the complex patterns of Russian ice fractals. From the very origin of human civilisation in Turkey to the contemporary icons of Italian architecture. Each designer brings in their distinct local cultures and artistic influences to reimagine the eternal, common elements of the sky and sea. A celebration of our diverse world, these designs are brought to life by Hands.

Fluid form, organic motifs and contemporary stylistics manifest in these carpets. While all carpets are of the same dimensions, the 10th carpet, a collaboration of four designers, breaks form. A juxtaposition of the projections of the designers’ hands, this carpet captures the essence of all 9 designers and their unique cultures. It is a reflection of humanity’s fortitude that goes beyond all limits to connect and empower the entire world. The intricacies and nuances of the colours used in the design of each carpet have been developed to precision by Hands. These carpets are hand tufted in wool, bamboo silk and botanical silk. Each piece is unique and takes up to ten weeks to craft.

“This tenacity to not just survive but to evolve in the face of adversity is inherently human,” says Mr Ravi Patodia, Managing Director, Hands. “One Love is a reflection of the resilient human spirit that is driven by pure artistic instinct.”

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Notes to Editor:

About Hands

From contemporary wool rugs, kilims and dhurries, to modern hand tufted carpets, the artisans maintain the highest-quality standards. Only the finest materials are sourced. Non-allergenic wool is acquired from New Zealand. Fine bamboo silk is made out of renewable forestry and the yarns are hand dyed. The luxurious finish results in a phenomenal sheen and keeps their inimitable qualities intact. All stages of the design and manufacturing process are in-house with a capacity of 25,000 square meters per month. The company actively supports initiatives toward the uplifting of the carpet making community and work against any child labour. Hands is registered with ‘Rugmark and Care & Fair’ and is ISO 14001 accredited. All products meet the latest standards of indoor air quality as laid down by ‘LEED Green Building.’ 

Hands carpets line the floors of some of the most important landmark buildings in the world, including many royal palaces and hotels such as the Plaza in New York City, the Burj Al Arab, the Armani Hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel in Dubai and the White House.

www.handscarpets.ae

Instagram handle: @handscarpets

AUSTRALIA

Heart of Queensland

Designer

Pamela Caspani was the Senior Designer on projects like the Belgrade Waterfront and Sava Promenade at CallisonRTKL (London). Currently, she is working with the Local Government of Victoria, Australia, on various urban projects.

Design concept

The Heart Reef within the Great Barrier Reef is a natural symbol of One Love. The vast, mosaic patterns of reefs, islands and coral cays as seen from above. The intricate, geometric coral patterns underwater. The carpet design captures the many layers of Heart Reef’s stunning beauty and marries them together into one carpet.

Material

Hand Tufted in 100% Bamboo Silk 

Size 8’ x 10’

TURKEY

Göbekli Tepe Echoes

Designer

Tuna Meier is a Packaging Designer and an Event Designer who develops corporate identity design, design and packaging design for a dermocosmetic brand.

Design concept

Göbeklitepe is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Deemed to be the ‘zero point in time”, the site is home to the world’s oldest temple dating back to around 10,000 BC. The carpet represents the origin of human civilisation, when the sky and the sea were one.

Material

Hand Tufted in Wool and Bamboo Silk 

Size 8’ x 10’

GUATEMALA

Atitlan Dawn

Designer

Regina Davila’s work focuses mostly on commercial and corporate designs. Her studio, Interni Arquitectos, works on concept creation, architectural design, interior specifications and design, technical development, and construction.

Design concept

For the designer, Lake Atitlán represents an encounter between her ancestors, nature, and the beauty of the world. Here, the dramatic forms of the surrounding mountains integrate beautifully with the lake’s calm countenance. Mirroring the sky, the lake is also a symbol of the universal unification of humankind. The design carries the experience of Atitlán in its colours and texture.

Material

Hand Tufted in 100% Bamboo Silk 

Size 8’ x 10’

MEXICO

Tulum Wave

Designer

Karla Celorio designs luxury residences, corporate spaces and restaurants. She is also the founder of Atmosphera Design Studio (interior design firm) and HC28 (furniture showroom). 

Design concept

With beaches, underground sea caves, mountains and volcanoes, Mexico has one of the richest and most diverse terrains in the world. The carpet is an ode to Mexico’s natural paradise.

Material

Hand Tufted in Wool and Bamboo Silk 

Size 8’ x 10’

PERU

Rainbow of Cusco

Designer

An architect and interior designer, Katia Santillán S. by profession, dedicates a large part of my time to academic life. She teaches Interior Design at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) along with a group of experimental and artistic creation courses.

Design concept

The intricate system of large and small mountain ranges of the Andes is the primary inspiration for this design. The reflection of this colourful Peruvian landmark in the carpet design is the Katia’s way of paying homage to her roots.

Material

Hand Tufted in Wool and Bamboo Silk 

Size 8’ x 10’

ITALY

Tuscan Romance

Designer

Luisa Scanu has been working with the Amarchitettura Studio since 2011. She oversees private apartments, offices and commercial spaces projects in Milan, Italy.

Design concept

A sunset over the Italian vineyards is a magical experience that everyone must experience once in their lifetime. Using simplified geometries of traditional Italian architecture, the carpet design is a manifestation of that unique experience.

Material

Hand Tufted in Wool and Bamboo Silk 

Size 8’ x 10’

INDONESIA

Archipelago

Designer

Renowned for her innovative work with Serena Sparks Creative Studio, Sheena Poerwantoro celebrates Indonesia’s natural heritage and multicultural identity with her latest carpet design for Hands.

Design concept

The fingerprint is a symbol of our diversity as well as our unity as human beings. A diverse culture, Indonesia is represented in the carpet as a vast archipelago (with many cultures within itself) by bringing together of few of its diverse traditional patterns with the colours of its sky and sea.

Material

Hand Tufted in Wool and Bamboo Silk 

Size 8’ x 10’

INDIA

River Chants of Benaras

Designer

Architect Padmini Pandey runs an award-winning design practice, Studio Padmini Pandey in Mumbai, with a design collaboration in Milan. Noted for work in hospitality and luxury homes, the studio specialises in Master Planning, Architecture, Interior Design, and Lighting Design. Padmini’s years of academic and professional experience, across Europe and Asia, and collaborations with global brands like Swarovski, are reflected in her architectural design sensibilities and creations. Aesthetic emotional experiences, imbued in function, is fundamental to her distinct design style.

Design concept

The city of Benaras stands for spirituality, faith and positivity. This is where the holy river of Ganga and the divinity of Hindu deity Shiva converge. The positive energy radiating from this sangam (confluence)is infused in the very design of this carpet.

Material

Hand Tufted in Wool and Bamboo Silk 

Size 8’ x 10’

RUSSIA

Siberian Frost

Designer

Svetlana Selivanova is an interior designer specialising in living spaces. Her work with Sinta Architects focuses on making the client’s home more comfortable while expressing their individual identity.

Her project designing the interiors of a 31 square metre apartment in Moscow was nominated for ‘Best Russian Project 2019’ award.

Design concept

Russia is a country that sees water more often in the form of ice. Just as humanity can be seen at its best when faced with challenges. These patterns are the outcome of the dramatic clashes between water’s warmth and the frigid Russian air. Glorious in harmony.

Material

Hand Tufted in 100% Bamboo Silk 

Size 8’ x 10’

One Love WORLD

Designers

A partnership between Padmini Pandey, Katia Santillán S., Sheena Poerwantoro and Regina Davila.

Design concept

United by the force of love, humanity exists beyond the boundaries of the physical realm. A juxtaposition of the projections of the designers’ hands, this carpet captures the essence of all 9 designers and their unique cultures. It is a reflection of humanity’s fortitude that goes beyond all limits to connect and empower the entire world.

Material

Hand Tufted in 100% Botanical Silk 

8’ Round

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