The Other Side
Can the reverse side of a rug be as beautiful as the front? The cacophony of backstitches that makes the front side possible inspired London-based Raw-Edges studio to create a collection of rugs that honour the hidden side – and the traditional craftspeople at work behind the scenes. The Backstitch collection for GAN turns traditional embroidery upside down. It consists of three designs that symbolise a conceptual process. Calm (pictured) features regular stitching that creates an almost-solid area of colour. Busy densifies the pattern with multiple stitches. Finally, Composition presents an ‘explosion’ of stitches in multiple directions. The dhurrie rugs are made with wool on manual looms and hand embroidery by the artisans from GAN’s Women’s Unit in Utta Pradesh, India. In Singapore, GAN is available from P5.