Kaleido of Life
The limited edition collection by Marcel Wanders Studio for Sahrai.
The kaleidoscope has always been a tremendously fascinating instrument, for everyone: it is a simple object capable of creating an infinite variety of symmetrical geometric shapes by combining the direct images of the glass fragments it contains with the reflections of its mirrored portions. The images that are generated, capable of capturing the attention, of stimulating the imagination of the viewer, succeed one another without ever repeating themselves. The charm of the symmetrical geometries created by this tool, together with the desire to pay homage to the sensuality of nature's elements, gave rise to "Kaleido of Life," the Limited Edition, latest Sahrai collection created by Marcel Wanders’ studio, which is part of the Designers Collection.
The collection is a limited edition, featuring 3 different rugs, in only 6 versions each. Finely Handknotted in natural silk and wool, the rugs are inspired by the natural elements: air, water and earth; each of the three elements is depicted through a computerized graphic creativity, which plays with the sensuality of natural forms: images with a marked realism, skillfully reproduced by Sahrai's artisans on each of the hand-woven pieces, arranged symmetrically within paintings in which light and color, depth and seemingly embossed surfaces alternate. Air is Lush, in which butterflies dance in the wind caressing the tree branches on a summer evening just before sunset. Water is Allure: a dive into the depths of the sea, surrounded by figures magically created from different sized shells, starfish and underwater vegetation. The earth is Charm, an entanglement of fruits, the protagonists being pomegranate and the autumn colors.
MARCEL WANDERS STUDIO
Marcel Wanders' studio successfully operates in the field of interior design and across a wide range of products. Based in Amsterdam, one of Europe's creative capitals, the studio has designed more than 1,900 iconic products and interior design experiences for international clients and premium brands including Alessi, Amsterdam Airport, Audi, Baccarat, Bisazza, Christofle, Kosé Corporation / Decorté, Flos, KLM, Hyatt Hotels, LH&E, Louis Vuitton, Miramar, and Morgans Hotel.
Under the leadership and creative direction of Marcel Wanders and Gabriele Chiave, the Marcel Wanders studio consists of 40 design and communication experts. Inside it, every single person perceives, breathes and experiences creativity through a multitude of projects, ranging from a set of plates to be used aboard an airplane, to creative direction, up to hotel interior designing.
Marcel Wanders studio’s over 30 years of practice are celebrated in some of the world's most renowned art and design museums, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design and the Museum of Modern Arts in New York, the Pinakotheke der Moderne in Munich, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Prefectural Art Museum in Oita, Japan.
Regarded by many as an anomaly in the design industry, the Marcel Wanders studio has described its Mission as follows, "Creating an environment of love, living with passion, and fulfilling our most exciting dreams." The studio's work exhilarates, provokes, certainly polarizes attention, and does not fail in its goal to surprise with its ingenuity, audacity, and singular quest to lighten the human soul, and entertain.
The fundamental principle that guides the studio is that of placing man at the center, bringing a new era of design, in which the designer, the craftsman and the final user, in a way, are brought closer together. In this process, the Marcel Wanders studio defies the dogmas of design, preferring to focus on holistic rather than technocratic solutions. In this dimension, the coldness of industrialism is replaced by poetry, fantasy, and romanticism belonging to different time periods, brought back to life in the present moment.Read less
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Each of our luxury designer rugs has a carefully considered selection of colourways available. These colours have been chosen based upon their suitability to the rug design. Please note that the colours depicted throughout our website are guidelines only. This is because digital colour displays may vary between both browsers and devices.
If you are unsure about a specific colour, you are welcome to upload your project’s colour swatches to the My Project area of the website. Once we have received your swatches, we will do our best to assist you in choosing the right colour for your rug.
If a colour you are looking for is not listed in the colours we recommend for a given design, you are welcome to place a bespoke order.
Slight colour variations and changes in the texture of mixed material characterise the individuality of our products. This stems from the originality of our materials and their manufacturing processes. As with all quality natural fibres, minor differences in yarn size are inevitable. Tolerance for colour variation is more or less 5 to 7%. This should not be considered a defect, but inherent to the beauty of hand-knotted rugs.
All the rugs on our website come in standard sizes: 300 x 200 cm, 300 x250 cm, 360 x 280 cm and 400 x 300 cm. We also have some smaller and larger rugs as part of our Available Rugs – other dimensions can be requested as a bespoke order.
Tolerance for dimension variation is more or less 3%, due to the manufacturing processes used.
If the dimensions you require do not correspond to any of the available rugs or standard sizes we offer, you are welcome to place a bespoke order.
Please note: For bespoke orders, rugs exceeding 12-square meters, there is an oversize surplus charge of 20%.
If you are unsure about the best size rug for your space, here are some tips that will help you.
It is important that the rug is proportional to the size of your room. A few centimeters can make all the difference between the rug bringing the room together or not. If in doubt between two sizes, it is better to choose the larger option.
We use the highest quality materials to carefully create your ideal rug and ensure that all our materials are ethically sourced and sustainable.
Sustainability is of prime importance to us. To ensure consistent quality and craftsmanship, we believe that a sustainable work environment is essential. We take great care to use natural fibres and ensure that our dyeing process is eco-friendly. We have also established a unique technique that makes certain that our washing and finishing are not harmful to the environment.
To create your perfect rug, we utilise a luxurious selection of materials including:
Wool is the most durable material used for rugs. We use New Zealand wool which is widely known to be the best quality for rugs and carpets due to its specific properties. The wool from New Zealand is very coarse and therefore extremely hard-wearing. It is also the whitest in the world, and as such is the optimal choice for dyeing. It is also colourfast and high in natural lanolin which improves its stain resistance and durability.
These are uncut loops of yarn which are available both flat and textured. These loops have a more rugged appearance and are often used in high traffic areas.
Natural silk has been used in rugs and carpets throughout history. It has a beautiful and luxurious feel and provides a richness of colour. It is hypoallergenic and despite popular belief, very hard-wearing and easy to care for.
Derived from the Bamboo plant - which is a simple plant to grow and qualifies as a renewable resource - Bamboo Silk offers all the qualities of silk at a more competitive price. It is well known for its natural properties making it hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. It looks and feels like natural silk, making it a preferred alternative to synthetic fibres.
Viscose is regenerated from cellulose fibre, derived mainly from wood pulp (trees are 50% cellulose) and broken down into fibres. Viscose is versatile and blends easily with other threads. The dyeing process is straightforward and works well with bright colours. Viscose offers a silk-like lustre, attractive drape and is softer than cotton.
Linen is made from fibres in the stem of the flax plant, which is very strong and absorbent. It is more lustrous than cotton and is renowned for its coolness and freshness.
This fibre is produced from sustainably-sourced, natural, raw wood and by environmentally responsible processes.
This type of yarn is a relatively recent invention, going back to the 18th century and originating in France. It involves weaving a leno fabric and then cutting into strips to make the chenille yarn that resembles a caterpillar - hence the word ‘Chenille’ which means caterpillar in French.
This is a 100% natural fibre, produced from a nettle plant. Nettle is a highly sustainable plant that grows in the wild. The process to produce this fibre is done entirely by hand and does not involve any chemicals.
This is a man-made, non-toxic fibre that is often used for outdoor and high traffic areas due to its hard-wearing characteristic and natural stain resistance.
Sahrai works with passion, tradition and precision to elevate design into art. Our luxury designer rugs are made by combining traditional elements with new styles and different textures to give you a rich sensory experience.
We combine our knowledge with the most appropriate technique to create each rug – from hand-knotting and hand-tufting, Aubusson and Savonnerie styles, or offering superior machine-tufted designs. All our designs have been carefully assessed and produced using the technique that best suits the rug’s needs.
Finely hand-knotted rugs are known for their durability. This is the primary technique used in producing Persian rugs. Finely hand-knotted rugs age beautifully and either retain or appreciate in value. Because of the nature of hand-knotting, it is impossible to replicate any design exactly and so each rug retains its character. This is due to the exact placement and tension of each knot being unique.
Hand-knotting rugs is the most traditional method of weaving, going back centuries. The quality and cost of a hand-knotted rug are determined by the number of knots per square centimeters. Higher-density means higher quality and the more complex the design, the longer it will take to produce.
This is an ancient French technique used in our Place Vendome Collection. It requires a specific loom, allowing our artisans to create a velvety texture.
Another ancient technique that originated in France involving flat-stitches produced by hand on horizontal looms.
Hand-tufting is by far the quickest technique to produce rugs and carpets by hand and is used both for contemporary and classic patterns.
This quality is suitable for both loose rugs and wall-to-wall carpets. Superior hand-tufted rugs are made by punching strands of yarn through a canvas on a frame using an electric hand-tool. The design is first drawn onto the canvas using images from the digital files.
Our hand-tufted carpets can be produced in several qualities with different pile weights and heights:
This is a solution produced in similarly to a traditional sewing machine, with hundreds of needles stitching the yarns into a backing fabric. This cost-effective technique produces endless textural and design possibilities, from geometric to unstructured. It allows different finishes at the surface of the carpet.
The creation of machine-tufted carpets requires the use of a tufting machine. Needles are mounted into position and help to push the fibre through the primary backing. Secondary material then adheres to the support material for a double layered construction. Settings on the machine can be programmed to create pile-tufts that are uniform in height and distribution. The digital tools can also be set to generate a pattern composed of tufts with different heights.