Design by Nani Marquina, 2013.
The Nettle Rug brings the tranquility of nature indoors. Crafted from hand-spun nettle, similar to vegetable silk, this hand-knotted rug offers a soft surface and 0.4-inch pile. This natural plant fiber offers subtle, tonal shifts across the rug creating movement and visual interest. Add a grounding, natural element to modern spaces through the Nettle Rug. Available in two sizes.
Nettle is grown mainly in the Himalayas, China, India and Burma. Despite its reputation as a weed, nettle has medicinal properties and is used as a textile fiber. Transforming the herb into thread involves a complicated firing process while mixing in ashes and spring water. The resulting softness and resistance is similar to vegetable silk.
Rugs from the Natural Collection are prepared using nanimarquina's Eco-wash process. The rugs are washed using Ecosheen, a biodegradable, chemical-free, multi-enzyme washing product. This naturally enhances the bright colors, shine and softness of each fabric.
This is a handmade craft product. Minor variations, in size and color, are inevitable.
Material(s): 100% nettle
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
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