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Publication Date: 2019-02-26

Behind the Design

Tufenkian Artisan Carpets Releases a New Line of Luxury Silk Rugs

Tufenkian Artisan Carpets has launched a beautiful new collection of 10 unique, hand-crafted rugs. The artisanal rugs of the new Rebel Silk line are hand-knotted in Nepal using ancient Tibetan carpet weaving practices, and then precisely hand-dyed to achieve a startling spectrum of colors. Each exquisite rug is explosively individual, the story of its creators woven into its fibers.

Founded more than 30 years ago through a partnership between James Tufenkian, a former lawyer, and Tibetan carpet weaver Tsetan Gyurman, Tufenkian Artisan Carpets designs luxury rugs that reveal a rich aesthetic history comprising many characters, from the traditional Tibetan artisans who defined the process of carpet weaving for centuries to the innovative artisans who reinvent the practice for a modern audience. In delicate designs, refreshing colors, and subtle textures, Rebel Silk textiles are a thoughtful, artistic addition to a personal or commercial space.

Explore the new collection below, and follow Tufenkian Artisan Carpets for their latest updates and announcements.

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Artemis, Lake

Artemis features a Greek key motif, also known as the Meander, a well-known design that may suggest infinity or eternal flow — some scholars have traced the origin of the pattern's name to the twists and turns of the Maeander River in modern Turkey. In this fabric, the pattern flows without break, imparting calm and a sense of continuity.

Artemis, Tan

Artemis is available in Lake and Tan.

Cuneiform, Gold

Modeled after the script of ancient Sumerians, Cuneiform showcases faded pictographs and comes in two subtle colors.

Cuneiform, Sage

Cuneiform is available in Sage and Gold.

Desert II, Grey Gold

Rendered in 100 percent silk, this design offers a twist on Tufenkian's classic Desert design. Deep desert hues, including pale grays and golds, coalesce in a rug that reimagines the spectrum of colors within a sea of sand.

Kimono, Turquoise

A crescent wave pattern, the seigaiha has been used in kimono design for more than a thousand years. Auspicious in nature, the symbol is also thought to represent power and resilience. In this pattern from Tufenkian, the seigaiha pattern flows into an asanoha motif, or hemp leaf, referring to growth and good health.

Kinetic, Tangerine

Crafted from 100 percent silk, Kinetic lives up to its name — colors explode into one another, bringing to life an unexpected energy and excitement in this rug.

Marquesa, Ginger

Marquesa is inspired by another ancient design, Bishamon Kikko, a pattern woven into the armor of a war god in Japanese Buddhism called Bishamonten.

Marquesa, Pacific

Marquesa is available in Ginger and Pacific.

Prisma, Aquamarine

Blue and green collide in this silk design for a rug that's refreshing and unique.

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