Utopia carpet designed by Ico Parisi for Design Icons Collection of Amini is completely handknotted with 20% pure silk and 80% Tibetan wool (hand spun wool hand carded), height 7 mm. Quality: 180,000 knots/sqm. The carpets are hand washed, clipped and carved. The fringes are revolved on the backside and covered with cloth.
Utopia rugs represent a meeting of values: artistic research and manufacturing skills. Eccentric yet versatile, Utopia carpet celebrates the design of Italian artist Ico Parisi with this graphic decoration that explores the art of making visible the invisible. Like other masters whose themes and designs have been turned into refined artworks by Amini’s Icons Collection, Parisi has not restricted his work merely to the field of design, but at the same time worked as an architect. Also, he personally designed unique pieces of furniture that he then had made in the finest furniture-making workshops in Brianza, still devoted to crafting inlaid period furniture. As well as being a ceramist and glass artist in Murano, towards the end of his intense working life Parisi shelved project-based work, and devoted himself to cutting-edge artistic research with deep-rooted social-urban connotations. On account of this, he was invited several times to various international exhibitions. Thanks to the invaluable assistance of the Archivio del Design, curators of Parisi’s oeuvre, the themes selected for transposing onto the new carpets from Amini’s Icons Collection have been sourced from a number of paintings made by Parisi in the 1970s and later. An important document to learn about one of Parisi’s most prolific times, when such values as relentless artistic research and skillful manufacturing techniques came together. The Design Icons collection represented by Masters. While different with regard to generation, training, experience, and legacy, what unites them is a self-same project: a kind of unfettered, personal quest, indeed, a search for the discovery and development of a dynamic and multifaceted modernity. Masters without limiting their investigation, they have dabbled with all kinds of artistic and technical forms – painting, architecture, design, applied arts, publishing, film and photography.