Like a modern Marco Polo discovering metropolis by admiring their unique morphology, Urban Fabric Rugs provides a signature visual depth of some of the most world’s iconic cities. A luxurious bespoke design with hand-knotted silk and 100% NZ virgin wool texture.
“We recognize that each city has its own unique urban form. Like a human fingerprint; each city is its own, there are no two cities exactly alike. As result each rug design is unique and one of a kind”
A bird’s eye models of cities to reveal what is impalpable from the ground. These bespoke rugs by studio Four O Nine are a love letter to each city’s unique identity. Urban patterns that expose the intangible beauty of the chaotic modern city, fixing in time and wool their relentless developing pace.
Among the 18 cities hand carved in soft textures, the one dedicated to the Forbidden City in Beijing has joined in 2014 the permanent collection of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. The rug dedicated to the 180-acre imperial palace emphasizes the elaborate perfection of this city. Swiping the fingers over the symmetries of this iconic rug one can discover the inner rhythm this exceptional city. Based on a model universe with the emperor at centre, the Forbidden City Urban Fabric Rug is a homage to one the earliest example of urban planning guided by yin-yang principles.
As one of the most ancient craft, the technique behind the making of Urban Fabric Rugs combines the most recent technology with tradition and know-how. The 3D quality looking pleasant texture is the result of highly specialised weavers hand crafting pure silk and 100% New Zealand virgin wool to provide the characteristic soft to the touch sheen finishing.
The machine-tufted New Zealand wool and the hand-knotted silk are processed in ecologically sound in-house dyeing facilities providing maximum colour and quality control. The making of Urban Fabric Rugs is also a guarantee for environmentally sustainable production with facilities following the highest international standards while maintaining strict socially sustainable hiring practices.
These unique art pieces started to collect international resonance since the early days when the co-founders of the Four O Nine studio Andrei Zerebecky and Lukasz Kos have been recognized as the “40 Under 40: Design Stars of Tomorrow” by Perspective Magazine, after just one year from the opening of the Shanghai-based studio. The unique layout of Urban Fabric Rugs joined immediately the collectable design realm when World Interior News and the Saatchi Gallery in London shortlisted them as one of the top five products of 2013.
The same year, the World Architecture News listed these handcrafted wool and silk wonders as one of their Best of 2013 under its Product Design Category while a few years later AZURE Magazine listed them as a finalist for their AZ Design Awards. As the list of international recognitions goes on, these luxurious contemporary maps are decorating homes with distinctive character. A celebration of the unique texture of human life, empathising the richness of cities identity.
To highlight their unique heritage and identity, the colour of the rug is inspired by the cities themselves. Like the auspicious red for Shanghai, symbolizing good fortune and joy. The rug dedicated to the coastal city is the expression of the constantly changing urban fabric of Shanghai with the old quarter in contrast to the large scale automobile oriented street grid of the rest of the city.