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 modernize 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.
Born in Palma de Mallorca, Elena Somalo graduated in Graphic Design from the American University in Washington, D.C. Afterwards she moved to New York to work at Louis Nelson Associates, continuing her studies in Graphic Design at the School of Visual Arts. Upon returning to Barcelona and after working in many studios, she set up her own design studio. Her work in the Graphics field covers mainly editorial work for cultural institutions and corporate image for private companies.
In 2008, Elena Somalo moved to London to study Surface Design at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design. Since then, she has created textile designs for Victorio & Luchino, a rug collection for KP, tiles for Hidraulico and indoor murals.View other products by Elena Somalo