Major Modern Renaissance
By Lissa Wyman, as seen on www.rugnews.com, Jan. 5, 2010.
NEW YORK -- Renaissance Carpet & Tapestries is expanding into the domain of contemporary design with the introduction of the Renaissance Modern collection.
Renaissance is initially showcasing approximately 50 designs in its new Modern collection. The rugs are made in Nepal in combinations of wool, silk and soy protein fiber using Tibetan weave construction. Both stock and custom colors, shapes and sizes will be available.
The company is also offering an extensive repertoire of hand made artwork in new Contemporary designs for custom orders, as well as some new designs inspired by archives of French textiles from Art Nouveau and Art Moderne periods of the 1920's and 1930's.
Long known as a resource for opulent Aubussons, Savonneries and Tapestries in addition to Persian, Indian & Chinese designs, the company is now making a major commitment to the luxury market for modern design.
"Because Renaissance Modern is a completely new endeavor for us, we also explored new approaches for sourcing designs," said Soleimani.
"We were looking for fresh ideas that were urban and sophisticated, so we sought out young edgy urban artists who had no preconceived ideas about what a rug should be."
The Renaissance Modern Collection will begin to be introduced during the Atlanta International Rug Market, said Soleimani.
"We are making a commitment to the contemporary business and this is just the beginning of a program we hope will become a major growth area for us," he explained.
" In the future, we hope to broaden the scope of this category with new price points and designs. We also think it provides new opportunities for us in the hospitality field as well as new alliances with luxury contemporary furniture makers."
Soleimani stressed that the company's long-standing partnerships in core products will not change. "The Modern Collection represents expansion into new territory while we continue our long-standing commitment to traditional designs and weaves," he said.
Winner Best Contemporary
As seen on www.ruginsider.com, Jan. 5, 2010.
Renaissance Carpet & Tapestries is proud to announce the bestowment of 'Americas Magnificent Carpet Award' for the 2010 Best Contemporary carpet. this award was presented at The AmericasMart show sponsored by Architectural Digest.
The winning carpet is part of our new Modern Collection from Nepal. This collection marries hip and edgy designs from urban artists with stunning colors and luminescent patterns of highest quality wools, 100-knot construction, and soy-silk protein.
The use of soy-silk protein allows a smoothness and shimmer as luminescnt as silk while simultaneously being a green, environmentally friendly fiber, composed of 100% naturally biodegradable material with no need for petrochemicals.
A Royal Seal of Approval
As seen on www.hali.com
In 1989, Renaissance Carpet & Tapestries embarked on an ambitious mission to revive the old art of French carpet and tapestry weaving. With M. Philippe Hecquet, the last great artist and manufacturer from Aubusson in France, and his assistants, Renaissance have achieved an internationally acclaimed standard of perfection and authenticity.
Today the Savonnerie and Aubusson carpets recreated by Renaissance decorate museums, palaces, châteux and prestigious homes worldwide, among them the Appartement des Gardes Francaises in the Château de Versailles, and the Albertina Museum in Vienna.
These carpets, originally created for the Kings of France, are now enjoyed by the wider public.
These carpets commissioned by French kings from their own workshops based at an abandoned soap factory outside Paris (hence the name Savonnerie), decorated the grand galleries of the Louvre from the 17th century, and their luxuriousness and fine weave have never been surpassed. Inspired by this tradition, Renaissance was the first to recreate carpets in the style of Louis XIV rugs ordered for the decoration of the Louvre, a task from which many companies would wisely have hidden. But Renaissance has achieved the depth of colour and perfect rendering required to create this masterly ornamentation. It is a rarely seen three-dimensionality that makes it hard to believe that the scenes you are viewing are not a painting or sculpture. The complexity, realism and sophistication of the central panel are beautifully balanced by the extraordinary abundant floral scrolls and acanthus swags in the corners of the field. It is a rug of kings.