The Impassable collection explores the theme of freedom of movement: the drawings take reference from the graphics of personal travel documents in a comparison with the gabbeh motifs of the Persian nomadic tradition: a parallelism between two worlds - the intricate lines of the first analogue graphics, which is geometry and movement of cams and rosettes, and the meticulous work on the loom - where complexity translates into value.

The collection consists of three rugs of different shapes and sizes, hand-knotted in wool and silk thread: they are rugs inspired by the vastness of the desert and all the endless landscapes, where - perhaps - it is more difficult to imagine a border, a barrier.

Carpets fly, those who make them don't.

A quality carpet is the result of long manual work, its value is often directly proportional to the meticulous work required to create it.
It's still an object as exceptional as ambiguous: it seems out of place on the ground, yet equally unsuitable for the wall.

Rugs are deeply connected with stories of migration.
They travel with people and from generation to generation, turning into vehicles of communication and spreading ideas, forms and technologies far away from where they have been fabricated.
Their portability and the uniqueness of each piece made rugs commercial fortune.
By chance - or not - the production of these precious artefacts is almost always carried out by those peoples who have greater difficulty in crossing national borders.
Morocco, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet and China are in fact at the same time keepers of these artisanal processes and the countries with the worst passports in the world.

The studio considers the cultural significance of carpet, and questioning the possibility of showing on rugs the contradictions that regulate the movement of people beyond national borders: the carpet is a metaphor, evoking the origins of a tool in nomadic life, of distant people who had a rug for home and a tent for sky.
Rugs very often represent the desires of the people who knot them. It is not surprising that traditional Persian carpets depicted exquisite gardens: oasis of luxuriant vegetation are the ultimate wealth in regions where water transport is a fundamental problem.

Impassable imagines a language for the desire of freedom, comparing nomadism with the physical and virtual barriers of contemporary society.
Product specifications:

Impassable1 Dimensions:
Impassable2 Dimensions:
Impassable3 Dimensions:
Materials: Wool and bamboo
silk Hand-knotted in Nepal
Quality: 200 Knots per
square inch
Pile height: 8mm
Delivery time: 4 months
Limited editions of
3 pieces each.

Designed for: Nodus rug

Available through: Nodus Rug

Photos: Marco Fava


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