Hand knotted with wool, natural silk and a variety of exotic yarn, this item represents a collaboration between the work of celebrated modern artist Gianni Lee with Rug & Kilim’s custom collection, as well as one of the team’s most ambitious approaches to luxury rug making in the industry. Recapturing Lee’s tribal social commentary and his distinct, bold aesthetic inspired from hieroglyphs in a new medium, the silk’s natural sheen lures the eye to the vibrant blue and pink skeletal pictorials surrounding the arresting scene of anxiety and conflict, set fabulously against a texturally soft beige open field allowing the equally rich red and brown hues to pop in splendid juxtaposition. The stylistically masterful linework and sense of frantic movement comes to life in this unprecedented, large-scale approach and refinement unique to our team, seeking to honor the many-fasciated conversation and cultural exploration of Lee’s acclaimed work with the utmost respect.
About the Artist: Referred to by Vice as the modern-day basquiat, Gianni Lee has been widely recognized for his explorative, multidisciplinary work and exhibits alike in New York City and Los Angeles alike. Enjoying a body of work both stylistically distinct and ripe with conversation, some of Lee’s most reputed works in both gallery and street art have married the subtle and the bold in meticulous, striking fashion, investigating themes of heritage, conflict, government, anxiety, and the concept of the lost soul often tied to his most discernible skeletal pictorials. Rug & Kilim is deeply honored to collaborate with Lee on this and other upcoming projects, as well as to pay homage to Lee’s profound and prolific art in the new light of our industry experience.