A Stitch in Time – The New Silai Rugs
If you are tired of mass-produced homewares that you see everywhere, read on. If you are yearning for items that celebrate the beauty of the handmade, where time, care and patience result in stunning products with some provenance, you will love the new collection of rugs from Belgian designer Charlotte Lancelot for Gan Gandiablasco’s indoor brand.
Silai (meaning ‘stitch’ in the Indian language), was inspired by the work of craftsmen and represents a reinterpretation of petit point embroidery. Woven over a plastic grid, or a “framework”, the petit point are simple rapid diagonal stitches and the design of the carpets includes four types of distinct stitches that combined with each other in different ways create a range of colours and textures.
The collection is available in four different colours, inspired by the variety of tiling patterns that were used traditionally to decorate floors.
The small pouf included within the collection is light and easy to move around and can be used as an extra seat or as a foot stool.
Charlotte Lancelot was born in Brussels in 1980 and studied at the Ecole nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre. She collaborated with architect and designer Alain Berteau over two years before setting up her own design studio with which she participated with the Milan Satellite Furniture Fair of 2006.
Her work is characterized by an emotional attachment to everyday objects. Her principal concerns are the ecology, aesthetics, modernisation of old techniques and the improvement of living conditions.