Patricia Urquiola creates another modern classic accessory. Mirage, the new collection of rugs designed for GAN, is destined to become a treasured icon. Colour, geometry and superimposition are combined with this rug of pure New Zealand wool manufactured using the hand-knotted technique.
The mould-breaking approach and ongoing experimental nature of Patricia Urquiola’s work has produced a rug, Mirage, that takes on the qualities of a painterly work of art. Its formal power and tonal strength, the playful game of perspective and the illusion of movement of the interwoven bands, escaping the rectangular limits of a typical rug, recall Op art and avant-garde artistic movements of the beginnings of the 20th Century. The entire design of Mirage is inter-linked, with no beginning or end, just like Urquiola’s favoured expression.
The colour shading in addition to defining the bands also creates a three dimensional effect that breaks out from the usual rectangular rug format. An exercise in three dimensional composition. The edges follow its logic as a series of angled rectangular bands that escape the regular form.
Mirageis testament to the time and commitment that GAN provides its designers to come up with original creations employing craft sensibility and re-interpretations of tradition methods. Mirage is a technically complex rug to produce. The colour variations require an expert eye that organise the felt into precise bands of varying tones in the traditional hand knotted method.