Each rug is made using 130/140 bicycle inner tubes, collected and processed in India. Made using 100% recycled material, this exclusive ecological rug champions caring for the environment. In addition to being a declaration of intentions by raising awareness about using biodegradable or recycled products, it represents a point of transgression for today’s most avant-garde spaces. This design was born through researching the possibility of using recycled rubber to create new textures. The solution arose during a journey to India: using inner tubes from bicycle tyres, the most common mode of transportation there. The result: a conceptual, sustainable, new element.
- Nani Marquina, Ariadna Miquel
- 100% Recycled rubber
- 170 x 240 cm / 5 feet 7 inches x 7 feet 10 inches
- Hand wash
- For indoor and outdoor use
Nanimarquina is a textile design company based in Barcelona with manufacturing in India, Morocco, Pakistan and Spain. Primarily focused on floor coverings, Nanimarquina's desire to "make, live and offer design" is executed with a strong emphasis on fair trade and labour, sustainable development and contemporising traditional craftmanship. Focusing on area rugs, Nanimarquina has become a leader in the market - both by design standards and ethical business practices.
Nanimarquina's core values include: observation, innovation, emotion and communication. Drawing inspiration from raw materials and traditional techniques, owner/designer Nani Marquina has developed an impressive collection comprised of her own creations and those of internationally acclaimed designers. Ron Arad (Do-Lo-Rez), Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec (Losanges), Ana Mir & Emili Padros (Flying Carpet), and Tord Boontje (Little Field of Flowers) are just a few samples of talent working with Marquina. Ranging from the rustic and simplistic to modern and even politically charged, Nanimarquina truly offers something for every home and interest.
Nanimarquina has been recognized by several prestigious design and business excellence awards since its origins in 1987 including Spain's National Design Award, ICFF Editor's Awards and La Millor Botiga Del Mon (best 2010 business initiative, Barcelona) among many others. Nani Marquina herself has also received the Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Award from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and the 2007 FIDEM Award for Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year. Nanimarquina is also an avid member of Care and Fair - an organization of companies committed to eradicating child labour in the carpet industry and support health and education opportunities in India, Nepal and Pakistan. Nanimarquina allocates 1% of the value of their carpet imports to Care and Fair.
Nanimarquina Bicicleta Rug Designed by:
- Nani Marquina , 2006
Elena Marquina, known as Nani Marquina, was born in Barcelona in 1952. After studying industrial design at the Massana School in Barcelcona, she started working with the architects Sellés-Marquina in 1973. In 1984 she made her first carpets and decided to devote herself to carpet design and set up her company, Nanimarquina, two years later. By 1988 some of her carpet creations were being exported to Germany and Japan. A year later one of her collections was selected for the shop at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
A superb colorist Marquina finds inspiration not only in nature but also in the challenge of creating something that hasn’t been done before. The designer is also a firm believer that a rug must surprise and captivate but never be too aggressive. The result is her striking depth in materials, ranging from low pile to long strands of felted wool to die-cut rose petals.
Nani Marquina is known internationally for her textiles and rugs, which have been exhibited in New York, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Osaka and Tokyo.