The Capas collection focuses on the creation and use of layers of colors, tonality and shadow to generate intense depth while also being easy enough to blend into any environment, due to the presence of a wide range of chromatic shades.
Hahn’s starting point for the Capas collection is his notion of shadows being never black or grey but full of color and geometry. The designer’s aim was to create a simple and light rug that has a casual feel to it while being complex in the use of colors and formation of depth. In order to achieve this, nanimarquina and Hahn intensely studied the specifics of Kilim weaving techniques searching for new ways of distributing color.
After months of investigation, nanimarquina and Hahn developed a new type of loose Kilim structure which allows mixing the colors of the warp and weft. Normally, warp is not visible in a Kilim. By defining a different density of warp new tonalities surfaced, providing a visual texture where colors intertwine with each other along the carpet. The unique texture creates a dark-and-light effect and great profundity without becoming heavy. Like the layers of air in the atmosphere that reflect light and cast shadow.
“By loosening the fibres and using a thicker warp, we made new colors and textures visible, celebrating greater depth and enhanced tones.” – Mathias Hahn.
Color is a pivotal element of the Capas collection. Each rug has a main color, a complementing tone and its darker gradient which in the composition gives the illusion of a cast shadow on the floor. Each rug is a color chord of a certain main color.
The studio covers a diversity of projects in the field of product and furniture design. He holds a degree in Industrial Design by the University of Essen, and in Product Design by the Royal College of Art in London.
Hahn’s process alternates between analytical knowingness and experimental curiosity. His work is characterized by an intense examination of materials and manufacturing processes while his human centered approach sees design as a ‘cultural tool’. Hahn’s work has been exhibited in a multitude of international exhibitions, is represented in permanent museum collections and has received numerous international awards.
A precise manual weaving technique, involving vertical or horizontal looms, carried out by highly skilled artisans. The basic concept of weaving is to intersect the longitudinal threads, (the warp), with the transverse threads, (the weft). The yarn is stretched and fastened to the loom to create a taut warp. Working from bottom to top, the artisans weave the weft, creating the different patterns and textures. To create the pile, the fibre is wrapped around a special rod during the weaving process and then cut to ensure equal height.
This technique permits a wide range of finishes, from simple and delicate short-strand pile, shag rugs to more elaborate loop pile involving various fibres. The handloom technique is also used to create dhurries, a flat weave with no pile that is perfect as a base for our volumetric rugs.