Begüm Cana Özgür’s collection for Revival highlights the rugs’ handwoven quality. These pieces were designed with the goal of contributing to the tradition of rug-making culture through a contemporary vision. Driven by the value of craftsmanship, from the preparation of the materials to the finishing details, this collection reconfigures classical weaving technique for a modern audience.
A truly special rug whose name represents the rhythm of its pattern. Staccato is constant movement, with varying pile heights and a beautiful stepped detail at the fringe. Inspired by the technique and playful repetitive patterns of kente cloth, a type of silk and cotton fabric native to the Akan of Ghana made of handwoven cloth strips which are sewn together to form a larger fabric. Staccato builds on this concept and introduces texture variations for tactility, similar to individual notes and sounds.
In this piece, a wool weft is woven onto a wool foundation for heft and body. But first, the wool is abrash-dyed to add depth, texture, and variation in tone. Abrash results from subtle differences in the dye lots, and creates a covetable flow and movement in the color. Wool’s natural lanolin makes it soft and shiny, protecting it from shedding and dirt—and it decomposes quickly without risk of microfibers.
Our partner is the third weaving generation of his family, and heads a small weaving house known for their unparalleled skill. A perfectionist with color, he and his team take great pride in their work, which is evident in their final product.
Begüm Cana Özgür is a product and textile designer based in Istanbul and New York. She received her master’s degree in 3D Design from Cranbook Academy of Art, and returned to Istanbul to found her studio, inspired by Turkey’s cultural richness and ancient craft practices. In her collaborations with local artisans, she strives to create a contemporary expression through traditional weaving culture.