PHILIPPA KELLY Artisan Project Rug Competitionby Test Account
Artisan Project is a collective company, founded in 2011 when designer Nina Mohammad-Galbert moved from Los Angeles to the ancient medieval city of Fez. Artisan Project design and produce handwoven textiles with their weaver partners, as well as creating curated sourcing experiences for anyone with a passion for craft and a desire to connect with the land and artisans of Morocco.
Hands, hearts and minds collaborate in the Artisan Project. The brand’s ethos is to honor Moroccan artisanship, improve the lives of craftspeople and their families and ensure hand-weaving skills continue to thrive. For Morocco’s artisans, hand-weaving is sacred. Every textile has a life cycle that’s deeply connected to the land. Wool is ‘baraka’ a divine blessing - sheered in the spring, then washed, combed, and carded, before being spun.
Artisan Project uses contemporary colorways and motifs, blended with age-old techniques and patterns to create blankets, towels and custom-made rugs, all produced in collaboration with weavers in Fez and the Middle Atlas Mountains. A ritual is performed for every rug that’s made, right before the very first knot is tied and when a finished piece is removed from the loom.
We’re delighted to be giving away one Artisan Project Mountain Rug, pictured above, to our blog readers. The Mountain Rug was made in collaboration with female weavers, who have a rich textile history that is deeply rooted in nature and landscape. It is made from locally sourced wool and is an ode to the beauty of the land, the shepherds and their flock, and the hands that made it.
Images courtesy of Artisan Project.