Apparatus reveals textile collection inspired by Persian inlaying technique

Apparatus reveals textile collection inspired by Persian inlaying technique

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New York studio Apparatus has revealed a new textile collection featuring a kaleidoscopic pattern that takes cues from a Persian inlaying technique, Khatam.

Named after a city in Iran that still practices the increasingly dying craft, the Isfahan series is the last of the ACT III collection, which saw creative director Gabriel Hendifar delve into his Persian heritage.

The textiles feature geometric patterns that reference the Khatam technique where objects are decorated using pieces of wood, metal, and camel bone.

"The Isfahan textile balances ancient and modern geometry, remaining faithful to both its heritage and the studio's rich vocabulary," said the studio.

The fabrics are developed in collaboration with French textile manufacturer Le Manach and available as a limited series of curtains and cushion covers.

The series features a variety of rich colours including dark reds, greys, and greens, following the studio’s understated yet opulent style. Large tassels are also included in the series as an additional decorative offering.

Apparatus had plans to create a limited edition collection as part of ACT III, featuring pieces produced in the Khatam tradition by artisans in Iran, using thousands of pieces of wood, metal, and camel bone to wrap forms in a kaleidoscopic pattern.

However, current US sanctions against trade with Iran, which have been expanded to include art objects, prevented the design studio from creating the series.

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