We really enjoyed coming across this commercial for Decadence by Marc Jacobs.
Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima is lolling on this stunningly soft, antique Beijing rug. Her lascivious poses show just how much she enjoys the velvety feel of an antique Chinese carpet. Unfortunately, the commercial is rather short. The rest is left to the viewers' imagination.....
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In time for Chinese New Year 2016, the year of the monkey, the Chinese Cultural Centre (Chinesisches Kulturzentrum) in Berlin presents artwork by three contemporary Chinese artist – Song Tao, Zhang Qi and Liu Chuansheng.
Following the tradition of Chinese scholars, the artists get their inspiration from Confucian, Buddhist and Daoist teachings.
The artworks on display are created in the scholarly spirit with a contemporary feel using traditional craftsmanship. Pieces on display include tea tables, desks, chairs and rugs. Examples of antique carpets on display are arranged with Ming inspired furniture to invite contemplation and inspiration.
Dries Van Noten commissioned the carpet artwork by Alexandra Kehayoglou for his Spring/Summer 2015 Paris Fashion Week show. Summer Festivals, the solstice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired the show, which Vogue Paris described as a “21st-century version of Arts and Crafts”.
The Buenos Aires born artist Alexandra Kehayoglou follows the rug and carpet making tradition of her Greek grandparents, who migrated from Greece to Argentina. Her biggest project to date, the highly textured, three-dimensional carpet measuring 48 x 3 meters (4 parts 12 meters each) is a homage to nature and evokes moss and grass. The carpet was woven and tufted by entirely by hand from Patagonian wool.
The visual and tactile impact of this piece bears striking resemblance to Tibetan Tsuktruk rugs, artistic pieces of nomadic tradition. The idea of bringing the colours of nature in the form of rugs into the house or tent, to protect against the cold but also as a reminder of spring to come, is common to many nomadic traditions. The depths and shades of green are reminiscent of lush pastures and forests in spring and invite us to sit down and explore these pieces.
It is inspiring to compare these works of art from different times and cultures, to see the parallels and differences in the artist’s approach to nature.
Christie's reported record results for their Asia Week auctions with the Ellsworth collection being the highlight of this season's auctions.
Christie’s leads the Asian Art market, totaling $161,142,063 (£99,908,079/€148,250,697/HKD 1,250,462,408/ CNY 1,000,692,211), the highest total for Asian Art Week in New York, achieved in ten sales from March 15 to 21.
A record number of Mainland Chinese buyers were present in the salesroom leading to record prices for Chinese furniture and other objects from the collection.
We were particularly pleased to see some of the rugs achieving multiples of their original estimates. Are Mainland Chinese buyers finally rediscovering their weaving tradition? We have been waiting for more Chinese collectors to appreciate this form of Chinese art and finally, this seems to start happening. Most Chinese rugs in this sale went to Asian trade and private buyers. Are Chinese rugs finally following the direction of other Chinese arts? Since the prices are still comparatively low, there is plenty of room for upwards movement!
Wouldn't it be nice to see one of the many new Chinese museums dedicated to woven art, the pieces exhibited where they were originally made?
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