25 (Very Much) Alive...
We all know it's impolite to ask a lady her age, but this is one milestone deserving of celebration - so much so that Nani Marquina is telling everyone how old her rug and flooring venture is... rightly so! The beautiful short film above is a wonderful Birthday Card!
Daughter of Catalan designer and architect Rafael Marquina, Nani 25 years ago established nanimarquina - now Spains leading rug design and manufacturer with global exports accounting for 60% of their business. Presenting fascinating designs from Tord Boontje, Javier Mariscal, Michael Lin, Cristian Zuzunaga, the Bouroullec Brothers and many more esteemed designers from textile, industrial, architectural and interiors backgrounds, nanimarquina continues to make the principle on which it was founded a reality:
...to reinvent the rug, giving it new uses, new concepts and playing with elements such as shape, colour and texture.
With manufacturing carried out in India and Northern Pakistan to capitalise on the regional skills and traditional rug making techniques, her conscious actions and considerable efforts invested in offsetting the stigma associated with manufacturing in these areas (accounting for child labour and staff exploitation) has seen her play an integral and founding role in the Care and Fair Program.
Established to set an example and raise awareness in the rug and carpet industry that working with social responsibility leads to better welfare for everyone.
With the conviction that this goal is achievable with the right help, Care & Fair basically works in two domains: education and health.
In all a talented, sound and admirable success story, the likes of which are buoying to see in the current European economic climate.
We congratulate Nani and her team and wish them every success for the coming 25 and beyond, KE-ZU are proud to be an extension of the global nanimarquina family.