The center detail of the rosette-inspired, handtufted Spin 2. Both tufting and knotting produce high-quality pieces, but a hand-knotted rug can be washed with water and repaired, while a handtufted one cannot.

The second circular Spin carpet was inspired by a stained-glass rosette window and features a complex array of overlapping colors. This Spin was made in India using tufting guns, a process that is faster than knotting but which still takes up to three months.

A detail showing the subtlety of the pastels in the green yellow and blue range of Spin 2.

A carpet typically uses 20 colors; Spin 2 uses 200. Mapping the colorimetric transitions was the most challenging part of the design process.

The first circular Spin carpet was inspired by a whirlwind. It is hand-knotted by artisans in Nepal over the course of almost four months.

A color map of the whirlwind version of Spin is accompanied by samples of how the color will appear on the yarns.

Handmade Rugs That Look Like Color Wheels

These carpets, by French designer Constance Guisset, are subtle color studies, blending a multitude of hues into harmonious compositions.

One doesn’t usually expect carpets to be academic studies in color, but these circular rugs are just that: uncommonly subtle displays of colors ranging from pastels to jewel tones. In fact, the so-called Spin rugs, created by French designer and former Bouroullec Brothers staffer Constance Guisset for Nodus, are an exercise in creating colorimetric transitions, mapping and harmonizing a multitude of hues.

“For Spin 1, the whirlwind was a way to have colors melting together, one by one, in a smooth progression, while creating the illusion of movement, which is something central to my work,” explains Guisset, whose work includes the colorful Windmills rotating ottoman for Kvadrat and the fan-like Vertigo pendant light made for La Petite Friture.

Photo by Marco Moretto

Spin 1 is hand-knotted by Nepalese craftsman following the “graph,” a drawing of the pattern on millimeter paper, scaled 1:1, made by a painter called the “graph master,” explains Nodus owner Andrea Galimberti.The weavers reproduce Guisset’s whirlwind in 200 hand-tied wool knots per inch over a classical warp and weft, each rug taking almost four months to finish.
Spin 2 takes only three months to complete. The final product is hand-tufted in India, where bunches of yarn are shot into a canvas sheet, on which the pattern is drawn, using a tufting gun. Working directly on the drawing, tufting is faster than hand-knotting. The pattern, inspired by the stained-glass rose windows of a cathedral, is an experiment in complexity. While most carpets use 20 colors at most, Spin 2 features 200.

In fact, the color selection process took three weeks, and then each hue had to be reproduced correctly in the yarns. In the end, Guisset worked with pastels because they offered the clearest way to establish color harmony, but also, she says, because she wanted the carpets to fit into an interior “rather discreetly.” Discreetly? Not so much. Fit in? Exquisitely.

[Photo by Marco Moretto]

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