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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.

Snaefellsjokull Glacier by Shanko Rugs

Snaefellsjokull glacier

Wonderful challenge a commissioned work ” Snaefellsjokull glacier in Iceland.  This glacier can be seen from Reykjavik when you look to the north west across the sea.  It is situated at the Snaefellsnes penninsula and is famous for being the entrance to the centre of the earth in the movie with the title Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.

The wall space is 5 meters and the work ended up being 3.35 meters long instead of 3 meters but that was fine with the owners and I knew the wall space could take that too.  After streching the canvas I marked out guidlines for the size of the work and started placing white colour here and there to get a feel for the size.. and quickily the work grew and took on it’s own character… I wanted to show the glacier as it is in fall when it is start snowing again or in spring when the snow is melting.  When I was happy with the work I called the owners and they gave me the thumbs up so I cut it down from the frame.  With this work I decided to hand cut with scissors the whole thing as it was for a wall it could do with a little ruggedness.   In the end it was mounted on quality palywood for easy haning of the art rug Snaefellnesjokull glacier.

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National Television RUV Landinn

Gisli Helgason the host of Landinn and his cameraman Karl SIgtryggsson came to my studio last week for an interview.   They had such a relaxed dispostion that I totally forgot there was a camera running most of the time.  Lovely men and so interested in my work.  The interview took over four hours.  Landinn is a television show  part of the Icelandic national television RUV and is aired on prime time after Sunday dinner through out winter starting from next Sept. 13th.  Our episode was aired on the Sept. 20th and we are featured in the second segment.  It is all in Icelandic however I think you will enjoy our bit and the one before that showes magnificent glacier rivers and how they constantly changing the landscape.  Enjoy

Link to view Landinn

shanko-rugs-DSC_1769-Sigrun-72-300Karl busy filming the rugs “Langjokull galcier”  and the “Tungnaa Leap” with my latest work “Fin by Finn” to the far left.

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 Gisli deciding on the watercolour sketches to be filmed.

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Karl preparing to film the sketches

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Karl shooting the rugs from all angles

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When Gisli saw this lava rug he instantly reacted and said “I know this one!” I looked at him perplexed as it was created purely out of my imagination.. then he continued “I was there when this lava stream fell from the edge of a cliff at the eruption at Fimmvorduhals in 2010”  Then he stroked it smiling like meeting an old friend.

It is not the first time I have people react to my rugs and when it happens my heart takes a leap of joy.

Thank you Landinn.

Fin by Finn at Reynisfjara

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The new rug Fin by Finn photosession at Reynisfjara in s-Iceland.  we where 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.

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Fin by Finn is worked in Icleandic wool and the size is ca. 2,3 meters long and ca. 0.70 meters wide.

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Fin by Finn would be great on a wall.