Jean Paul Sartre famously said, “existence precedes essence.” With Lapchi's Linea collection, the opposite is true. Essence precedes Existence. Linean rugs were fashioned from values and principles strongly held and applied to a particular, indigenous North African weaving tradition.
In the rug designer Maurizio Battilossi’s own words:
“Linea expresses itself in a dramatic, yet simple way, communicating my cleanest concept of aesthetics: Color, scale, and graphic design."
Lapchi partner Kerry Smith was a bread baker long before he became a rug maker. He
compares the two arts: “The most challenging bread to make is French baguette. It
relies on three simple ingredients and the alchemy of slow fermentation. The beauty in a
Linean rug emerges from clean design and the mastery of those who do the work.”
Maurizio elaborates, "To start, the quality of the wool must be supreme. Color needs to be clear and concise. The elegance of the drawing must be impeccable. The spaces between the lines must flow and should never be perceived as blocks. Balance is paramount; harmony the quality we strive to achieve.
Linean rugs echo the clean, fundamental aesthetic values of Berber rugs: They are modern. They are contemporary. They are urban. This is why Linea is to date my favorite body of work."
In September at the New York Rug Show, Lapchi will debut a dozen new rugs from the Linea collection in a sophisticated new surface. Schedule an appointment to get a closer look.
The Rug Show 2017
Javits Center NYC
Over the past two weeks, we previewed the first three collections we'll be presenting at this year's Rug Show: Series One, Series Two, and Pattern Mix. Stay tuned for more details on the final collection!