Ghostly apparitions

"Ghost" is Catalonian interior and industrial designer, Martí Guixé's new take on classic Kerman rug design.

Visionary designer Martí Guixé, has reimagined the classic Kerman rug, recreating the mythical motifs of birds, flowers, horses and deer that appear and disappear…like ghosts.

Kerman rugs have a story goes back to about the 1500s: in the 16th and 17th centuries, the inhabitants of this part of central Iran, lying between mountains and the Lut Desert, were masters at weaving rugs of extraordinary sizes and designs. This old tradition regained popularity in the 19th century, turning Kerman into one of Persia's main rug producing areas once again.

The Ghost design for Nanimarquina, plays with shadows in black and white, a mysterious and brilliant blend of past and present that remains faithful to the strange simplicity and seriousness of the artist's work. The noise and saturation of the design put a modern spin on the traditional rug, drawing us into the exuberance of the scene that is both timeless and fresh. 

"I worked on a small part each day, sometimes painting during the day and sometimes at night… the graphic arrhythmias reflect my different moods over a period of three months of work and give Ghost a touch of mysticism," says Guixé. 

This is not the first time that Guixé and Naimarquina have collaborated. In 2006 he designed the circular News rug and in 2010 he reinterpreted the limits of Persian rugs with this Extended design. In 2012 he use the technique of Drip Painting to create the one-of-kind Paint Rug at the Vienna Design Week. 

Ghost will be official launched at IMM Cologne starting on 13 January 2014. 

Hand knotted rug made from 100% New Zealand wool. 

Watch the Talk with Martí Guixé