Sienna 250x350cm

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With its delicate composition and soft, saturated colours, this beautiful felted rug has been inspired by abstract expressionist paintings by artists such as Mark Rothko and the like.

Composed of rectangular blocks and floating forms, Hella Jongerius’ exceptional sense for colour comes to life in a variety of tonal gradations. For instance, light mélange yellow melts into lavender, dark olive blends with cool grey and bright red combines with pink.

To achieve the watercolour-like effect, dyed flocks of wool are pulled by hand until the colours become almost transparent. Like paint, when placed on top of a dark or light base, the flocks overlap and the different colours flood into each other.

The wool for Sienna is hand-felted by a group of skilled women from Kathmandu. The process involves washing, soaping and dying, before the wool flocks are placed into the pattern. Many hours are then spent rolling the material by hand and foot until it is transformed into felt.