A new on­line store from Dubai artist Clare Nap­per shines a spot­light on Ge­or­gian kil­ims

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Meet the team bring­ing Ge­or­gian rugs to Dubai

Clare Nap­per and busi­ness part­ner Sam Kientsch’s new rugs are more state­ment pieces than sound-ab­sorbers. Be­sides a range of eye-catch­ing de­signs, Kil­im­ist’s first col­lec­tion in­cludes bold, bright state­ment ta­pes­tries of­ten in­clud­ing stags, li­ons and tigers. Sud­denly our IKEA rug seems so… bland.

The col­lec­tion has been care­fully cu­rated by the duo to present an ex­cit­ing launch of home dé­cor steeped in Ge­or­gian her­itage from the last cen­tury. Each rug has been painstak­ingly hand wo­ven, mostly by women, as an in­dis­pens­able part of a dowry for Ge­or­gian brides-to-be. Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal cus­tom, a girl could not marry if she was un­able to weave. Many of the pieces sourced by Clare and Sam are from Ge­or­gian fam­i­lies who still have the kil­ims their grand­moth­ers and great grand­moth­ers made in prepa­ra­tion for mar­riage. Sadly, in present day Ge­or­gia, tra­di­tional kilim weav­ing is a dy­ing art form mak­ing ev­ery piece one of the last of its kind.

What’s On caught up with Sam and Clare to learn more about these unique kil­ims.

Tell us a bit about your first col­lec­tion for Kil­im­ist

There are dif­fer­ent types of kilim de­signs from Ge­or­gia, but the most pop­u­lar are tra­di­tional geo­met­ric pat­terned rugs with muted colours – sen­si­ble rugs. We pick out the op­po­site. Kil­im­ist is about loud, bold and bright state­ment pieces. We want our rugs to be talk­ing points and a main fo­cus of your room.

How did you pick these rugs in par­tic­u­lar?

Hon­estly, we went with our gut. We want to bring these to a young, stylish au­di­ence that will ap­pre­ci­ate the unique­ness of the pro­vin­cial de­signs.

Do you have a par­tic­u­lar favourite piece?

We have one piece named Cen­tury Rose, which is a very rare de­sign. It has a rose pat­tern that looks pix­e­lated – some­thing the tra­di­tional weavers in the Kakheti re­gion could not have an­tic­i­pated would be so rel­e­vant 100 years later. It is our most trea­sured an­tique – we will be sad to sell it.

How easy are these rugs to main­tain?

As most of our rugs are more than 60 years old, they clearly stand the test of time.

Any ad­vice on pick­ing the right rug?

Cer­tain kil­ims work bet­ter in dif­fer­ent rooms. For ex­am­ple, some of the geo­met­ric de­signs look great in a min­i­mal room with lighter woods and more space. The kil­ims with an­i­mals and fig­ures may suit a busier room. Ul­ti­mately, you should feel a real affin­ity to­wards the de­sign and ap­pre­ci­ate the his­tory. Each rug comes with a spe­cial card stat­ing its ori­gin, date and in­for­ma­tion on kilim tra­di­tions. We of­fer a 48-hour trial pe­riod, where you can take a rug home and see if it works be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­cion.

Any plans to de­sign your own kil­ims?

Right now we just want to learn as much as we can. Then in the New Year we hope to start to de­sign­ing our own col­lec­tions, in­flu­enced by the tra­di­tional de­signs we have come across, with our own mod­ern spin. Visit Kil­im­ist at the Satur­day Ripe Mar­ket at Umm Suqeim Po­lice Academy through­out De­cem­ber.

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