Design by Nani Marquina with Care & Fair, 2009.
Kala means "morning" and "art" in Hindi. The Kala Rug project arose from nanimarquina's desire to collaborate with the Care & Fair association, whose principal objective is to eradicate child labor from the carpet manufacturing industry in India, Nepal and Pakistan.
With the creativity and imagination of the Indian children themselves as a starting point, nanimarquina organized a drawing competition among pupils of several Care & Fair schools. The nanimarquina design team then adapted the winning drawing and turned it into the Kala rug.
A portion of each Kala Rug sale is earmarked for funding a new Care & Fair school in Bhadohi, India. The school will help to create a better future for the girls and boys of Bhadohi, a small rural town a few miles away from Benares, where people make their living from farming or from traditional carpet production. The future of the sons and daughters of Bhadohi craftsmen depends on this type of initiative.
Hand-tufted of 100% New Zealand Wool, the Kala Rug is available in three sizes.
This is a handmade craft product. Minor variations, in size and color, are inevitable. Do not dryclean.
Material(s): 100% New Zealand wool
Designer: Nani Marquina
(Barcelona) After studying industrial design at the Escuela Massana of Barcelona and realizing the success of her first made-to-order textile designs, Nani Marquina embarked on a career of industrial design. She created her own business in 1987 (nanimarquina) dedicated to the design, creation and distribution of rugs and textile products for the home, which were based on values such as observation, innovation, enthusiasm and the ability to make craft traditions contemporary.
Nani Marquina has been recognized with many awards, including: the National Design Award and the Premi Cambra a la Gestió Empresarial (Chamber Award of Design Management) in 2005, as well as several nominations for the Príncipe Felipe Award for Company Excellence. Nani Marquina has also recently received the International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge Award from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, a personal achievement that led to the 2007 FIDEM Award for Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year. She has been the Chairwoman of ADP (Professional Design Association) since 2006.View other products by Nani Marquina
Designer: Care & Fair
Founded in 1994, Care & Fair is an initiative that works actively against illegal child labor and in support of workers in the rug-making industry in India, Pakistan and Nepal.
Care & Fair is an association of over 450 companies committed to creating better living conditions and improving the educational prospects of children in rug-manufacturing areas. Each member donates one percent of the value of its rug imports to funding schools, training projects, hospitals and Care & Fair health programs.View other products by Care & Fair
nanimarquina was founded in Barcelona in 1987, with one clear idea: to design rugs. It's a simple statement, a transparent declaration of intent that nanimarquina has made a reality by putting into practice values such as observation, innovative endeavor, communication, emotion and knowing how to contemporize traditional craftsmanship. Most nanimarquina designs have been internationally acclaimed and have been presented in museums such as MOMA in New York and Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Conscious of the profound differences between developed and developing countries, nanimarquina has always been directly involved in promoting sustainable development. nanimarquina helps boost the local economies of their manufacturing communities in India, Morocco, Pakistan and Spain, and participates in their progress by offering decent, salaried work opportunities to the inhabitants of those areas.
nanimarquina is committed to using natural, renewable and recyclable resources, such as wool, jute, cotton and silk. Traditional production methods and the use of renewable energy help to maintain and improve natural resources for use by future generations.View other products from nanimarquina