Three years in the making, the show challenges the internationally renowned artists to explore an unfamiliar medium, swapping paint, paper, pencil or ceramics for the ancient art of hand-woven tapestry.
The tapestries were commissioned by Banners of Persuasion, an arts organisation established by The Rug Company founders Christopher and Suzanne Sharp, and have been created in an edition of 5 per piece, each signed by the artist.
For the Private View, Michael Wollaeger, Editorial Director of Interiors Magazine, interviewed Christopher Sharp about the commissioning process, the relevance of traditional craft techniques in the modern art world, and the challenges of creating the exhibition.
Through this exhibition, the notion of tapestry, an art form with a complex and well-documented past, is transformed, enabling us to reconsider it as an illuminating and revelatory format for today’s world.
Click here to listen to a report on the exhibition by National Public Radio, on their Worldview programme: “Weekend Passport – Tapestries, Korean ‘Chuseok’ festival and Persian music”.
The exhibition is open to the public until Friday 19 October in our Chicago showroom: The Rug Company, 320 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654.