Rugs by the book

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Rugs and Jewels, an ex­hi­bi­tion in­spired by the Book of Kells, takes place in the City As­sem­bly House of the Irish Ge­or­gian So­ci­ety in Sth Wil­liam Street, Dublin, from Novem­ber 8th to 10th. Orig­i­nally shown in Mi­lan, it is the brain­child of Mi­lan- based Irish artist Nuala Good­man and the Ital­ian de­signer Donatella Pellini, the event show­cas­ing seven rugs by Good­man and seven pieces of jew­ellery by Pellini. The two rein­ter­pret some of the fa­mous book’s il­lu­mi­nated il­lus­tra­tions in a con­tem­po­rary way in­spired by the modernity of their in­tense colours and fan­tas­ti­cal crea­tures twist­ing around the or­nate let­ter­ing – which has been re­com­posed into mean­ing­ful words. The rugs, made in wool and silk by crafts­men in In­dia, can be dis­played on ei­ther on floors or as wall­hang­ings while the jew­ellery fea­tures “wear­able mes­sages” hand­made in the Pellini work­shop in Mi­lan.

Deirdre McQuil­lan

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