Tai Ping's Nepalese Blur Rugs Replicate Photographic Effects

Obscura I, one of eight Blur rugs from Tai Ping. Photography courtesy of Tai Ping.


What do generations of Nepalese craftspeople have in common with pioneer lensmen such as Man Ray and László Moholy-Nagy? Artistry, for starters. Then there’s a more conceptual connection, represented by Tai Ping’s eight Blur rugs, hand-knotted in Nepal to replicate experimental photographic effects. They’re made possible, in part, by multiple dye lots, yielding the maximum number of shades. “These rugs are the most highly complex of any we’ve created,” design director Juliana Polastri says. Available in custom sizes, the designs incorporate Himalayan cashmere, South African mohair, or, in the case of Obscura I, Tibetan wool and Chinese silk, the blend evoking the patina of verdigris.

Obscura I is made of Tibetan wool and Chinese silk. Photography courtesy of Tai Ping.

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