The love for art, the passion for shapes, for those minimal lines that made the artistic avant-garde of the early 1900s famous - from architecture to painting and sculpture. And then there’s experience as a designer, today one of the most renowned names on the international scene. All these elements can be found in the rug collection called “Green Dry”, designed for Sahrai by the architect Carlo Colombo, on display at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, taking place in the Lombard capital from June 7th to June 12th. 

The one in Milan is a debut with a truly special charm: this is the first time Carlo Colombo devotes himself to the world of rugs. Passionate art collector, deeply tied to the essential, minimal lines that defined the early twentieth-century style, making it eternal. The avant-garde production of this period used light, colors, and elementary forms to define compositions capable of existing outside the limited space, constituted by reality. The result is a strong bond between artists' empathy towards their creations and abstraction, their own remoteness from the truth represented by the shapes of the world. For this showcase, Carlo Colombo has chosen to overturn the traditional point of view in the creative process which led to the definition of the shapes, of the style, of this collection.

“The collection we are presenting in Milan is the first approach to a world that I have never explored before. And I started from what I love, from what has always inspired my creations, which has shaped me over the years: art. In particular, the Italian production of the 1930s, especially the paintings, stunning in their simplicity, with an imposing elegance of the lines, the abstract signs, the original use of color to define the volumes, and the essential geometries that guided my production as an architect since the beginning. Green Dry is a set of canvases that, by convention, may only be admired horizontally. And it is a collection of rugs, which could be admired on a wall, inside a gallery”. States the architect Carlo Colombo.

Green Dry is part of the Designers Collection by Sahrai, a production dedicated to collaborations with some of the most influential exponents of international design. The collection has always enjoyed combining disparate worlds to create unique contaminations. Art and design are mixed with the extraordinary savoir-faire, which is the result of its centenary experience in the production of excellent rugs, for which traditional techniques are still used today, handed down by skilled craftsmen. This has always been Sahrai, this is the approach that has distinguished its DNA since its genesis.

The rugs are made of natural silk, with natural silk reliefs and hand-knotted, following the most refined artisan techniques, the flagship of Sahrai's production.

The collection will be unveiled during the 60th edition of the Salone del Mobile, which is eagerly awaited. During the fuorisalone event, the Sahrai showroom in Via Manzoni 45 will be transformed into a real art gallery, where the pieces of the collection will be exhibited, allowing visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in a fascinating world, defined by the lines of the creations by Carlo Colombo.


Carlo Colombo

Carlo Colombo graduates in architecture from the Milan Polytechnic in 1993 and begins his career, devoting himself mostly to the design and marketing of industrial products. He collaborates with the best brands of Italian design, including Flexform, Poliform, Giorgetti, Cappellini, Antoniolupi, Artemide, Flou, Bentley Home, Bugatti Home, Trussardi Casa, Elie Saab Maison, Olivari, Faber, Sahrai, Penta Light. In 2011 he taught interior design at the University of Beijing. In 2013 he founded the A ++ studio in Lugano, with Paolo Colombo, which deals with interiors and large-scale architectural projects all over the world, with offices in Lugano, Zurich, New York, Miami, and Dubai. His projects have been exhibited in Paris, at the Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst in Bremen in 1995, at the Museum of decorative arts in Cologne in 1996, at the Milan Triennale in 2016 and at the MARCA, Museum of Arts of Catanzaro in 2017. These are some of his awards:

2004 Designer of the Year 2005 Elle Decor International Design Award 2008 Elle Decor International Design Award 2009 Good Design Award 2010 Elle Decor International Design Award 2011 Elle Decor International Design Award 2012 Red Dot Design Award 2014 Red Dot Design Award 2014 Interior Innovation Award 2014 London Design Awards 2014 Red Dot Design Award 2015 Red Dot Design Award 2015 iF Product Design Award 2016 100 Eccellenze Italiane 2016 Elle Decor International Design Award 2016 Presentazione alla Triennale di Milano 2016 con la 784 2016 IDA International Design Awards 2017 International Design Award, Los Angeles 2017 Knight title by the Italian Consulate in Switzerland 2018 APDC*IDA – Design Excellence Awards 2018 Interior Design Award 2019 Wallpaper* Design Award 2019 European Product Design Award 2019 The Executive Award - Designer of the Year 2021 Best of the Best 2021 di Robb Report 2021 Quirinale Contemporaneo 2022 Art Director in Master Contract Interior Design - Istituto Marangoni, Milan