Published on : Wednesday, April 12, 2017
An exercise in dots and tactility, Semis is the result of two years of intense research by Paris-based designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Geometrically aligned and placed in different rhythms by varying the densities and heights of the rug’s knotted surface, the resulting visual effect is one of an abstract landscape, an aerial view of plantings in a field.
The distinctive shape of the rug, a rectangle with cut corners, is highlighted by the pattern of the dots, which sit along a regular grid in the central section and become more irregular at the top and bottom. The intentional irregularity of the cut edges creates a beautiful random surface with a handmade touch.
The rugs are created using a special Tibetan knotting technique. After being knotted, the rug is washed and trimmed with scissors. For the Bouroullec brothers, it is the allowance of variations – in the shape of the dots, the trimming, and the fact that a number of different weavers will create each rug – that gives every Semis rug a special, personal touch.
Semis was introduced alongside three new rugs – Burrow, Merger and Reap – by Hella Jongerius, at the Danskina and Kvadrat stand during Salone del Mobile.Milano.