Nanimarquina rolls out the rugs at Milan 2010

(Franco Forci / For The Times)

This year Nanimarquina departed from boundary-pushing rugs that simulate thick fields of spring flowers or thousands of red rose petals scattered on the floor. Instead of such highly tactile shapes, the new Digit collection by emerging designer Cristian Zuzunaga took the form of flat rugs in deeply saturated hues. The color blocks, Nanimarquina export manager Benoît Anicet said, were an extension of last year's craze for pixilated patterns. But hung like artworks on the exhibition booth walls, the carpets didn't look derivative at all. They were confetti frozen in the air, a celebration in abstract.

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