Irene Infantes


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Pictured Size
2.25 x 3.05m (7'3" x 10')

Handwoven flatweave

Matka Silk

About This Rug
In many ways this rug subverts the expectations of what a flatweave should be and what a silk rug should be. It uses vertical lines and small circles, design choices traditionally avoided in contemporary flatweaves. It also makes virtues of the resulting dovetails and irregularities, putting the weavers artistry upfront.

The silk is matte not shiny and the surface of the rug is very textured rather than the smooth surface traditionally associated with silk. This is the result of the use of Matka silk, which is produced by harvesting the silk worm cocoon after it has metamorphosed, meaning the silk worms are not harmed in the production process.

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Born in Seville, Irene Infantes came to London in 2010 to study textile design at Central Saint Martins. While there, she was asked to create a print collection for Anthropologie and soon after received a commission form the French ceramics company Legle. A Textprint award in 2016 led her to exhibit at London Design Festival, where Christopher Farr first saw her work. Infantes’ creative practice is steered by curiosity, with influences ranging from her own ancestry to the symbolism of colour.

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