Lady Colmegna Chess Rug
VICTORIA COLMEGNA, Lady Colmegna Chess Rug, 2020
Materials: Handspun, hand-dyed & hand-woven llama wool
Technique: flatweave (reversible)
Pictured size: 80 x 235 cm.
Weight: approx. 2,1 Kg per sqm.
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Delivery for standard measures up to 40 days, depending on availability. All our rugs can be custom made according to the wishes of measurements of the client, respecting the ratio length/width of the original design. Please feel free to inquire about custom sizes, additional images, condition details, or shipping information.
(This rug is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity).
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Victoria Colmegna (Buenos Aires, 1986)
“The carpet lies somewhere between textile design, fan item, family memorabilia and art commodity. Frenetic border hopping like much of my work.”
She studied Filmmaking in the University of Cinema in Argentina and graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from the Städelschule in Frankfurt in 2015. Fascinated by astrology, philosophy, psychoanalysis, pop culture, and art history, her artwork is intersected by aspects of her own life and memories, through painting, conceptual art, installation, video art and performance.
An interest in creating pieces that challenge the limits between art and design is present in some of her work, such as her baby sweater collection inspired by the catalogue raisonné of French painter Francis Picabia (1879–1953), or the garments she created for the group exhibition Digital gothic (Centre d'Art Contemporain La Synagogue Delme, 2019). The Chess Rug designed for Lalana was inspired by the architecture of the 1960s and the concept of “total interior”: working from bed, having breakfast sent in the elevator... It also references the iconic Colmegna Spa -which her family owned since 1880 until recently-, where people would play chess and checkers after bathing in a limbo mindspace. Like an Andean Cleopatra, hedonism and play here become functions of seduction, for cheating or letting yourself loose.
Disruptive Art + Quality Craftspeople = Innovative & Collectible Design
LALANA is an applied arts brand born from the desire to combine innovative designs by contemporary artists with traditional techniques and noble raw materials. The three “A's” of LA-LA-NA come together in an interdisciplinary weaving of Applied Arts from Argentina, forging from this synergy the creation of signature works. The differential value of our brand is generated by fusing art, design and crafts in the realization of exclusive collectible objects, both decorative and functional.
LALANA unveils a catalogue of unique designs, including pieces conceived from sketches, prototypes or pre-existing iconic works by pioneering artists, resurfacing modern designs from the past, put into dialogue with new proposals by a younger generation. We are inspired by the project "Outside the Box - Consumer Art Center” that Jorge Romero Brest founded in 1970 after directing the Visual Arts Center of the Di Tella Institute, epicenter of multidisciplinary art in Argentina at the time.
LALANA is a brand founded by Florencia Cherñajovsky, a curator interested in the relations between art and design. She worked for several years in the Curatorial department of contemporary art at the Centre Pompidou and is currently developing an interdisciplinary three-year program for Madre Museum in Italy.
LALANA rugs are hand dyed and hand woven in Argentina by a community of families in non-factory environments. Following ancient production techniques of craftsmanship. With 100% high-quality hand-spun llama wool sourced from Jasimaná, Salta Province, Argentina (3.842 MASL).
It takes about one month to complete each unique piece. We do not use machines in any part of the process, since we do not intend to make identical pieces, but rather highlight the difference made entirely by hand. The technique used is the so-called "weft face", made on traditional looms typical of the north of our country. It is a plain, highly resistant weave with adaptability to different spaces. Textile traditions constitute a very important part of the Argentine cultural patrimony. It is fundamental for us to protect and preserve this as well as to promote new creative possibilities.
The llama is a native South American camelid, unique in the world. This natural fiber is found in the north of Argentina, in a small town called Jasimaná, where thanks to the climatic conditions and altitude, a unique kind of llama is bred. The fibers are spun by hand by an association of families who are dedicated to the breeding and the preservation of this animal, as well as the quality selection of the fleece, making sure that the entire value chain is sustainable. This special fiber has outstanding attributes: quality, great softness as well as hypoallergenic properties.This allows the fabrics to be delicate as well as resistant, being able to last for many years in perfect condition.