Top Floor’s new Script Collection by Esti Barnes launches today, 6 November at the Goldsmiths Centre, London. It draws directly and accurately from the Arabic calligraphy of Hassan Massoudy with whom the carpet designer collaborated.
‘As a designer, and having grown up in Istanbul, I have always had a fascination for the classical forms of calligraphy,’ says Barnes. The characters used have been selected both for their aesthetic value and their poetic meaning. It was a difficult task to narrow down the thousands of works to the final few that feature on the nine rugs of the Script Collection: Patience, Peace, Dream, Earth, Fire, Water, Roots and Oh Friend! Each motif is tagged with a short proverb or line of verse, in a stylised Arabic script, words taken from the different cultures that inspired the original work. The rugs can be produced with the inclusion of these, or, to create a more abstract effect, without.
It was necessary to find the most talented of weavers to translate the patternation of ink on paper to that of knots in wool. Esti’s personal favourite is the subtle Roots. Subscribe to COVER to read more about the Script Collection collaboration in the upcoming Winter issue.