Artists Collaborate with Henzel on Luxury Rug Collection

NEW YORK—Mickalene Thomas, Richard Prince, Helmut Lang, Marilyn Minter and Juergen Teller are among the 12 contemporary artists and designers who collaborated with luxury rug maker Henzel on a collection of new art rugs. Boasting compelling images and vivid colors, the textiles have the same impact and presence as canvases. Many are defined by unexpected shapes, textures and patterns.

According to Henzel, each rug is handmade using centuries’ 
old weaving techniques making each rug one of a kind. Bridging art and interior design, the hand-knotted rugs are crafted from Himalayan wool and New Zealand wool and silk.

The rugs are on view at Barneys flagship Madison Avenue store, on the top floor in the Chelsea Passage home department, from May 7 to June 9, 2014.

Read more about Thomas in “Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe,” her first monograph published to coincide with her first museum show.

All photos by Arts Observer

At left, Partial view of “Cracked Glass” by Marilyn Minter.

From left, Partial view of “Candy Crush,” 2013 by Mickalene Thomas; “Untitled,” 2012 by Anselm Reyle; “Cracked Glass,” 2013 by Marilyn Minter.

Detail of “Cracked Glass” by Marilyn Minter.

“1-234-567-8910,” 2013 (Hand knotted rug, Himalayan wool & silk, 150 knot, Free-form) by Richard Prince.

From left, “Candy Crush,” 2013 by Mickalene Thomas; “Ancient visions always freeze,” 2013 by assume vivid astrid focus; and “Automatic Drawing,” 2014 by Jack Pierson (all hand knotted rug, Himalayan wool + New Zealand wool & silk, 150 knot, Free-form).

“Automatic Drawing,” 2014 (hand knotted rug, Himalayan wool & silk, 150 knot) by Jack Pierson.

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