For his first-ever collaboration with Spanish rug maker GAN, Madrid-based industrial and product designer Jorge Garaje wanted to rethink the everyday object in a new way, one that emphasized the importance of raw materials and quality craftsmanship.
The collection – aptly called Citrus – pays tribute to three members of the juicy fruit family in both shape and colour. Superimposing large-scale versions of oranges with oranges, lemons with lemons and limes with limes, each rug has an incredible visual depth and a whimsical attitude.
In a playful nod to the mesh produce bags often used to carry these fruits, a graphic diagonal grid is layered on top. The combination of the grid overlay and the citrus pattern underneath creates a two-dimensional complement – similar to a sequential modular grid used in tiling and paving, the “mesh” provides an orderly counterpoint to the “unpredictable chaos” of the arrangement of fruit underneath.
Each kilim in the Citrus collection is handmade in India from 100 per cent recycled and reclaimed PET fibres and rendered in acidic and cheerful colourways that blend different shades of orange, green and yellow. Suitable for use outdoors and indoors, the irregularly shaped rugs measure three metres on the widest side and range in size from 230 to 240 centimetres on the other, depending on the fruit.