Textile brand Verdi Design interweaves natural fiber and metal threads to create dynamic, handwoven textiles that defy conventional aesthetics. Integrating traditional and contemporary approaches to design, the Colombian-based studio works with a range of materials like alpaca fleece, copper, and stainless steel to create custom luxury products, including richly patterned homeware, fashion, and art products.
Each detailed textile tells a story, of both the country it came from and the family legacy that inspired it. Read on to learn more about Verdi Design.
Honoring a Family Legacy
The company’s name is becoming synonymous with innovative design across the world, yet the inspiration for its textiles came from the founders' father. Working with local people in the mountainous region of Santander, where Verdi Design would later base their fiber production, Colombian textile designer Carlos Vera Dieppa developed a unique technique of intertwining copper and natural fiber threads to create an entirely new style of textile. After Vera Dieppa’s passing in 2012, his two children, Tomás & Cristina Vera, combined their father’s last names into Verdi and launched a textile business, building a brand that would honor their father’s work, along with traditional Colombian craftsmanship, and further evolve the global design scene.
The design process begins in Curití, Santander, where natural fibers are extracted, dyed, and handspun before being transported to Bogotá, where the fibers are woven together with metal threads, including steel and copper, on manual looms. Each rug is custom-made. Textile workers craft the “warp,” or background weave, from fique or alpaca fiber, and the “weft,” or upper weave, from metal and acrylic to bring added dimension and brightness to the rug.
Verdi Design textiles are crafted from fique and plantain fibers, yaré, alpaca wool, acrylic, copper, stainless steel, and silver-plated metals. In their design lab, the team continues to experiment with new materials, patterns, weaves, and colors to create new products.
Although known for their creative rugs, Verdi Design now offers a multitude of custom, handwoven products, including fique and metal rugs, organic-silk cushions, plantain-fiber and copper-thread curtains, tableware, and silver-plated handbags. The brand also collaborates with renowned designers; recently they joined forces with Colombian fashion icon Johanna Ortiz to release a limited-edition line of luxury shoulder bags.
Because the company works with metal as well as natural fibers, they’re able to produce a large variety of compositions, featuring different designs, colors, sizes, fibers, and metals in each custom textile. When the opportunity arises, the company pays homage to country or family; for example, one of their color options is a deep shade of blue with green undertones called "tayrona blue," named for a national park on the Caribbean coast in Colombia.