Semis is an exercise in dots and tactility, the result of two years of intense research by Paris-based designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Geometrically aligned and placed in different rhythms by varying the densities and heights of the rug’s knotted surface, the resulting visual effect is one of an abstract landscape, an aerial view of plantings in a field.
There are two designs available, one featuring small dots and the other large dots, and there is a choice of two colourways, black and white in both positive and negative variations. The four rugs offer a range graduating from predominantly black to a mostly white surface.
Made from handspun Tibetan wool, the construction of Semis is time consuming, using the fine – yet remarkably strong – Tibetan knotting technique. For a 200 cm wide rug, three weavers will work together and complete up to 7 cm a day. After being knotted, the rug is washed and trimmed with scissors. The intentional irregularity of the cut edges creates a beautiful random surface with a handmade touch.