The essence of nature, the Vegetal rug is a hand-woven dhurrie made from jute fibre, rustic and soft. The texture is simple, appealing to the basics in life, bringing the natural world inside your home.
True to her design roots, Nani Marquina launched her namesake brand in 1987, a time in which contemporary rugs were non-existent in Spain.
After studying industrial design at the Escuela Massana of Barcelona and enjoying the success of her first bespoke textile designs, Nani launched nanimarquina, a brand dedicated to the design, creation, and distribution of rugs and textile products for the home, based on values such as observation, innovation, and enthusiasm, with the goal to use traditional craftsmanship and techniques to create contemporary pieces.
In 1993, Nani Marquina embarked on a daring business venture: she moved manufacturing facilities to the north of India. The further incorporation of craftsmanship and tradition as a new design concept marked a clear difference, consolidating the brand.
Throughout the years, the brand has garnered numerous awards such as the National Design Award and the Premi Cambra a la Gestió Empresarial (Chamber Award for Design Management) in 2005, as well as several nominations for the Príncipe Felipe Award for Company Excellence. Nani Marquina has also recently received the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Award from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, a personal achievement that led to the 2007 FIDEM Award for Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year. She has enjoyed tenure as the Chairwoman of ADP (Professional Design Association), and of Red (Reunión Empresas de Diseño). Starting in 2014, Nani Marquina is the President of the FAD, (Foment de les Arts i Disseny), in Barcelona.
An Industrial Design graduate from Elisava School of Design in Barcelona, Miquel’s passion for textiles and her curiosity about production techniques allow her to create innovative textures, while experimenting with colour application.
Receiving the highest accolades for her final year project, Miquel was awarded the prestigious ADI-FAD award in 2002. She would then participate in various projects for brands such as Alcatel and Bormioli Rocco, enjoying the opportunity to include her work in the Reflexus exhibition, with Ingo Maurer, at the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, and the installation Flux Mundis at the MNAC, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
After working with Martín Azúa and Emiliana Design Studio, she joined the nanimarquina design team in 2003. Here she has been closely involved in the development of the brand’s collections and those of external collaborators, following each project to production, hand in hand with the suppliers and artisans. In 2008 and 2009, she served on ADI-FAD’s executive board.
Hand loomed Dhurrie
The dhurrie is characterized by being a flat-structure rug, formed from the crossover between the weft and the warp strands. It can be done on both vertical and horizontal looms.
The technique offers infinite finishes and the use of different materials. Simple designs can be created or more elaborate motifs can be achieved through the use of different densities.
Warp and weft enjoy the same prominence within the design configuration; since they are evenly spaced, both are visible.
These slim and lightweight rugs usually depict geometric patterns, presenting a firm, resistant and knotless surface, which make dhurries clean and easy to maintain.