A dialogue with Inga Sempé

The creative process of Colorado, the first coloborative collection between nanimarquina and Inga Sempé

We chat with Inga Sempé to explore the process behind the creation of the Colorado rugs


How would you briefly define the collection?

I would define the collection as a combination of two contrasting techniques, kilim and chobi, to create a unique blend:

— Incorporate both a high pile and a flat weave for a texture variation.
— Balancing plain colors with multicolored designs for greater visual interest.
— Use both single fibers and multiple threads to add depth and complexity to the piece.

Where did the idea for the Colorado collection come from?

The inspiration for this collection came from the idea of ​​avoiding figurative or geometric motifs, which can often feel overwhelming in a room. Instead, I wanted to create something softer and more organic.
Initially, the idea was to use small pieces of leftover thread and join them, seeking a more fluid and natural aesthetic.

From the original idea to the final design, how would you describe the creation process?

The creation process can be leghty, even if you know exactly what you want. It's about exploring and experimenting, bringing ideas to life.
In my case, the creation process begins with some old threads that I have kept for more than 20 years in my office. I weave them on a raw frame, exploring shapes and textures intuitively. This is followed by initial sketches and then I refine and adjust the designs until the desired shape is achieved.
The next stage involves moving these sketches into the digital world, using tools like Photoshop to finely define the patterns.
It is a process of many, many trials and errors until the desired finish is achieved.

Colorado is a collection woven with Afghan wool using hand-knotting and kilim techniques. Were you clear that you wanted to work with these techniques and using this fiber?

From the beginning, I knew that I wanted to work with chobi, a technique that I find luxurious and qualitative, but without being ostentatious, almost like the hair of a special soft animal, a little irregular but beautiful.
In addition to the Chobi, I wanted to incorporate striped and metallic threads into my design. The idea was to create the feeling of improvised arrangements with the wrong colors of thread, something you do when you have no other options. However, these "mistakes" were turned into beautiful embroideries, adding a unique and artistic dimension to the collection.

What has surprised you most about the collaboration process with the nanimarquina team?

The determination to explore and discover, together with the ability to experiment with techniques in different countries. This reflects an open mindset. In addition to their deep respect for the decisions made by the designers.