Ice International has collaborated with H.R.H. Princess Margarita de Bourbon de Parma of De Parme Design to design the new Gradient Lily rug. Launched during Milan Design Week at the Milanese 10 Corso Como department store, the carpet is part of a special showcase by Dutch pavilion Masterly, The Dutch in Milano by curator Nicole Uniquole.
The latest design follows a debut partnership in 2012, when H.R.H. Princess Margarita de Bourbon de Parme and Ice created the yellow-ochre, hand-knotted Silhouette rug. The warm-red Gradient Lily meanwhile is a hand-tufted rug with a graphic interpretation of a lily. Its material transitions from 100% New Zealand wool on one side to 100% pure silk on the other, which provides the red hue with a gradual change in colour perception. Inspiration for the design was derived from nature, a continuous source of creativity for the princess. The lines of a lily are translated into a graphic interplay of lines in the carpet.
“Experimenting in cooperation with Ice International is a very inspiring process,” says H.R.H. Princess Margarita de Bourbon de Parme. “I think it’s interesting to see what is technologically feasible. The transition in material from wool to silk that I asked for was new for Ice too. It’s very interesting to take on that challenge together; my creativity combined with the curiosity and expertise of Ice.”