If you've been to The Westbury in London or Maison Breguet in Paris, you would most probably have laid eyes on the beautiful Ferreira de Sa rugs that grace their floors. But the most valued aspect of Portuguese rug maker Ferreira de Sa’s craft is its tie-ups with renowned designers – among whom include renowned architect Frank Gehry.
It was a 2013 rug collaboration between Pritzker Award-winning architect Alvaro Siza Vieira and Ferreira de Sa that inspired Gehry to create his own line: five hand-woven woollen rugs with excruciatingly sharp depictions of his freestyle doodles to the colour gradients.
And now, it's in Singapore, too.
Top to Bottom: A Frank Gehry design, and the Constellation rug with woven optical fibre.
The work was unveiled at the recent International Furniture Fair Singapore and clinched the Best Decor Award for Soft Furnishings.
“Gehry told Vieira the carpets looked very good. Vieira shared our contact, and, as they say – the rest is history,” recalls Fernanda Barbosa, CEO of Ferreira de Sa.
Barbosa is in Singapore to launch Ferreira de Sa, in partnership with furniture retailer Studio216. This is the first time in the company’s 72-year history that its carpets and bespoke services are available outside Europe. To mark its arrival, it tied up with Studio216 – which had worked with the company for a residential project – to create the Kusu Collection.
Named after the islands of Singapore, the Sentosa and Pedra wool-silk carpets are designed with minimalistic, grid-like motifs to complement modern interiors. Customers can design their tapestries from luxury textiles that include mohair, silk, wool and linen, though for Singapore’s tropical climate, silk would be the best choice, according to Barbosa, as it’s softer and cooler to the touch.
The Sentosa and Pedra rugs, created in collaboration with retail partner Studio216, see smart grid patterns created by hand-tufting.
A detailed, hand-tufted carpet takes at least four weeks to complete, a time frame made possible by a process where artisans use a gun-like device that inserts loops of yarn into the fabric, the ends of which will be later cut off to form individual strands of carpet.
Traditional Portuguese weaving, where artisans hand-tie knots over looms, is employed for more rugged-looking pieces. Maintenance is simple, relative to the creation process. “Just a simple vacuum daily,” Barbosa says, “will make your carpet last many years.”
Ferreira de Sa is available at Studio216, 200 Newton Road.
This article was first published on The Peak.