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The first five years of rugs made by Sigrun Lara Shanko

First high end magazine Elle Interiör 2012

These first five years since I started designing and making the rugs have been just wonderful.  Full of wonder and support from people who believed in my art and last but not least working for and with great clientele.  At first the rugs where made under the name Elivogar ehf but after 2013 under Shanko Rugs.

The first time the rugs were exhibited they were  spotted by the high-end design magazine ELLE Interiör and the rug “Leap” was featured in their May issue of 2012.  At the same venue, DesignMarch 2012, the rugs where also noticed by the world’s trend authority ” wgsn.com “.  WGSN chose the rugs as one of the top 10 trend design of the show.   “öö-was-it-a-dream Authentic Luxury”  in Helsinki invited to exhibit the rugs that same spring.  And then the ball started rolling.

Today the high-end Shanko Rugs are sought after for their luxury hand made touch and the unique design.

DesignMarch Reykjavik

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“Sleipnir” at the DesignMarch Reykjavik 2016

Invited by Syrusson DesignHouse to show my latest creation “Sleipnir” at their stand at Hafnarhus Reykjavik Art Museum at the DesignMarch 2016.

This time I decided to look for inspiration in our heritage and chose the eight legged horse “Sleipnir” that belonged to Odin the Norse god.  I desited to dig deeper and did some research on Viking fibulas and other jewlery.  The outcome was this purple rug “Sleipnir” in solid colour of purple with heavy cutting and finishing by hand as usual.

Following photos show the work progress leading leading up to the DesignMarch.

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At The Saatchi Gallery London

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The Saatchi Gallery London.

Friday Dec. 4th Shanko Rugs showcased two rugs at a private event hosted by The Rolls Royce Enthusiast Club at the Saatchi Gallery.  It was the launching of the RREC yearbook “Strive for Perfection – A Celebration of Design & Luxury “.  Such an honour and a privilidge to be part of such exclusive event.  There was not much time for photos but managed to make time for the photo below when setting up the exhibition.

It was a great success and a wonderful long week-end with hubby being pampered in a 5 star hotel in centre of London

Shanko Rugs feature in “Strive for Perfection – A Celebration of Design & Luxury”  2016

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A photo of the rugs “Lambatungujokull glacier” and “Holuhraun Day 19” being set up for the event at the Saatchi Gallery.

The Rug Holuhraun day 19

Holuhraun Day 19

Holuhraun Day 19         photo Grimur Bjarna.

This beautiful rug sculpture Holuhraun Day 19 will be exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery next December, more about the exhibition later.

This rug is worked under the influence of the eruption that took place at Holuhraun lava in the Vatnajokul National Park.  There was so much energy released, as always is, in that eruption that it has fuelled my imagination to create various lava rugs  I have been like under a spell.  I love that vast area of great beauty and danger.  Vatnajokull glacier has many volcanoes under its cap and therefore a lot of heat.  It is a fascinating place of constant change.

Other photos of the Holuhraun day 19

Holuhraun in the making.

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Holuhraun Day 19 – Close up

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Holuhraun Day 19 and Lambatungujokull glacier representing North and South of Vatnajokul National park.

Dragon Lava rug at Reynisfjara

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The new rug Dragon Lava or in Icelandic Drekahraun photosession at Reynisfjara in s-Iceland.  This beautiful place is the perfect backdrop for the rugs.  Here the Dragon Lava rug is photographed with Reynisdrangar in the background.  We had to be there quite early to beat the tourists.  We nearly did that however the 10 people enjoying the black lava beach were not in our way so everything went by the book and we finished the photoshoot on time.

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            This beautiful hot lava rug Dragon Lava is made of pure Icelandic wool  and is of irregular size is: ca. 1,45 meters long and ca. 0,92 meters wide widest.

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A wing from a fallen angel or

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” A wing of a fallen angel” This is beginning of a new rug with working title  or is it a form of something else.. only time will tell.  In the mean time it is my pure enjoyment to see it to come to life on the frame.  The colours will be in the shade from blackish grey to greyish white and as always I am working with the rare Icelandic wool.  But is this a fallen angel ?

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The shading of the wing of the fallen angel is comming togehter and I am nearly there…

The making of the Millennium Lava Rug

Here we will follow the making of the Millennium Lava rug from the sketch on paper to the finished product, this amazing rug.

This rug was commissioned by people who visit Iceland often and have fallen in love with it.  The rug should remind them of iceland and also fit well into their beautiful designed apartment.

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Florence Design Week 2015

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Florence Design Week

We at Shanko Rugs are over the moon to be part of Florence Design Week 2015.  The rugs will be displayed at the beautiful Grand Hotel Minerva, Florence.  Who does not whant to be in Italy in late May early June I ask you and what a treat.  Florence is always one of the great cities of the world to visit.

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Looking forward to see you at the Florence Design Week.

Designmarch Reykjavik 2015

Designmarch Reykjavik 2015

Designmarch Reykjavik 2015 has arrived.

Despite the worst storm this winter we have had many visitors that breaved the weather.   Pre-launch of the two rugs that will be exhibited at the Florence Design Week this May.  Here they are, “North & south or Hot & cold or Ice & fire you can pick your name.  The name I gave them is “Holuhraun day 19” and “Lambatungujokull glacier”.

Designmarch LambatungujokullLambatungujokull.  Size:  2,97 meters long by 1 meter wide. Material; Icelandic wool

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Work for Florence Design Week 2015

 

It was wonderful surprise to be contacted by the representatives from Florence Design Week in January last.  Such an honour to be invited to take part in this prestigious event in on of the most beautiful city.

The work that will be exhibited in Florence must be at the edge of design.  And that is how the lava fall was born a rug inspired by molting lava falling from a hight of 12 meters.  This piece is only two meters high falling from a wall to be spread onto the floor forward ca. 90 cm.  LavaFall-72-300I thought this piece needed some support and decided to make a twin work to go with it.  What I chose to do is a glacier.  Not surprising as most of our volcanos are under glaciers.

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Glacier inspection

It is still a work in progress…

more later on the progress for Florence Design Week 2015.