MDW: Jan Kath looks to the Caucasus and Northern Lights

Alongside its first furniture design – Daydreamer – Jan Kath debuted a trio of rug collections at Salone.

Rugs have always been an expression of the cultural identity of the people who made them. Numerous styles, such as the geometric Heriz with their extensive patterns, have developed over time.

In Jan Kath’s Azer Pulse collection (pictured), these designs are revived from the northwest Persian region of Bakhshayesh in the Greater Caucasus.

The designs are adapted to contemporary times in vibrant colours using highland wool and silk, resulting in a robust quality.

The play of colours of the Northern Lights in the sky over Siberia inspired the Spectrum collection. The flowing gradients, with bright colours blending into each other, project a fascinating, playful lightness onto the floor.

The textile reproduction of the images demands the highest level of craftsmanship. Over months of work, the weavers implement the template, ultimately making the fleeting sky images tangible in thousands of knots made of wool and silk.

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