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.
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.
Holuhraun Day 19
Holuhraun Day 19 – Close up
Holuhraun Day 19 and Lambatungujokull glacier representing North and South of Vatnajokul National park.
On the frame today is lava. Today is the last long week-end of summer and most of the city people are out in the country so it is peace and quite all around. Great time to work on the new rug that is on the frame today.
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.
Looking forward to see you at the Florence Design Week.
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”.
Lambatungujokull. Size: 2,97 meters long by 1 meter wide. Material; Icelandic wool
Holuhraun day 19. Size: 2,97 meters long by 1 meter wide. Material; Icelandic wool
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.I 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.
It is still a work in progress…
more later on the progress for Florence Design Week 2015.
Things have been quite hectic since the Icelandic National Horse Show at Hella therfore I am a little behind with this post.
The weather was one of the worst we had experienced in mid summer here in Iceland but that did not stop us all having fun and enjoying the country most beautiful horses. We embraced all the weather gods threw at us. At time we had to put on all the clothing that we had with us just to stay warm then a sudden change in the weather and we had to shed most of the clothing we had already put on! But that is Iceland for you very unreliable weatherwise.
My mini rugs “Sit on Iceland” were a welcome addition in the vendors tent and they kept their new owners warm while sitting on the holl slope watching the horses compete surounded by beautiful rugged Icelandic nature. I could not have asked for better weather condition to test these wonderful mini rugs outside. The Sit on Iceland came through with flying colurs and very good feed back from happy new owners.
After this successful show I am looking forward to join the team of vendors and horse lovers again in 2016.