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Romeo Gigli

A Matter of Perception: Linking Minds – Palazzo Litta, Corso Magenta 24, Milano

In collaboration with: Altai, Bisazza, La Rosa, LauraMeroni

“Everyone knows that Romeo Gigli is a true genius. I always knew it. And I took a gamble when I asked him to design eight large carpets made from wild silk: the absolute material, with the master of masters. Only he could put together extraordinarily intense colours without making the result appear too bold. The aim was to create carpets that would be as contemporary as could be conceived, but at the same time eternal,” Raffaele Carrieri, the soul of Altai, describes the origin of this project with the legendary fashion designer. For the first time, since the marvellous kilim designed for Christopher Farr in London in 1992 – that are today highly sought after by collectors – Gigli has designed eight splendid carpets. These will be produced in very limited numbers by the greatly celebrated Altai Atelier, using 1 000-yearold techniques that entail making 1.3 million knots one-by-one by hand. Altai has gained access to these ancient manual techniques and materials thanks to two decades spent in the remote regions of Mongolia searching for the last remaining nomadic carpets. As a result of this research, Altai boasts 16 of the major collections of unusual primitive carpets that are present in the world today.

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