From gallery wall to living room floor

Perennials Fabrics has announced the debut of The Art of Glankoff collection, a new line of Tibetan knot rugs.

Translated from the original works of abstract Artist, Sam Glankoff, the rugs stand as works of art in their own right. The Art of Glankoff collection reflects the beauty of the artist’s innovative designs with all of the benefits of using Perennials’ high-quality solution-dyed acrylic yarns.

Inspired by Glankoff’s bold brushstrokes, primordial symbols and richly complex surfaces, Perennials has brought the artist’s innovations to the forefront with this new line of luxury performance rugs. Perennials carefully translated the artist’s contemporary techniques from paper to the loom, capturing subtle blends from Glankoff’s colour charts, and intricate surface details, such as seam lines from the original paper panels.

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In partnership with the Glankoff estate (SGW), Perennials has interpreted four of Glankoff’s works into 12 Tibetan knot rug patterns. Rather than craft a rug that simply mimics a Glankoff, Perennials and the SGW carefully isolated three sections within a single artwork and translated them into three unique rugs. From graphic to textural, each rug has its own personality and aesthetic.

“Sam Glankoff’s unique, unprecedented approach to abstract expressionism certainly earned him a distinct place in the history of modern art,” says Ann Sutherland, President of Perennials and Sutherland, LLC. “We wanted to bring his iconic pieces to our rugs in such a way that it emulated artwork that would hang on a gallery wall, with the craftsmanship, performance and tradition of luxury that Perennials’ fabrics and rugs are known for. These truly are pieces of art made for modern life.”

Each rug in the initial offering comes in a size, shape and colourway approved by the Glankoff Estate. The Art of Glankoff collection is made from Perennials’ 100% solution-dyed acrylic yarns and resist stains, UV light and mildew, making them suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. They are luxurious, soft-to-the-touch and are very easy to maintain and clean.

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Wendy Snyder, the Director and Archivist of the Sam Glankoff Estate and creative force behind The Sam Glankoff SGW Collections, worked closely with the artist for years, studying his methods, recording their conversations and curating Glankoff’s first solo exhibition. “This collection of hand-knotted luxury performance rugs by Perennials captures Glankoff’s bold brushstrokes, richly layered surfaces and life-affirming abstract language,” said Snyder. “They bring to life the power, depth and distinctiveness of his works in a way that’s profoundly eloquent. His original artwork and designs have been preserved in a new medium. What an incredible tribute.” Sam Glankoff was born in New York City in 1894. He was invited to exhibit his paintings and woodcuts in the group show at the Whitney Studio Club from 1922 to 1928. For two decades he continued to paint on canvas, yet he found the woodcut medium offered him a greater opportunity to work privately and self-sufficiently. His representational woodcuts of the 1920s and 1930s inspired by German Expressionism, evolved into abstract collage-monotypes and later into large-scale, luminous mono-paintings (1970-1982) in water-soluble ink and casein.

Glankoff dedicated himself to art as an entirely personal means of expression. Throughout his life, he eschewed public exposure and declined to participate in gallery and museum exhibitions so he was not well-known in his lifetime. Today, his substantial and mature body of work speaks to artists, collectors and art lovers, with a powerful, emotional energy and formal elegance that are resonant and timeless.

Perennials’ The Art of Glankoff luxury performance Tibetan knot rugs are available to interior designers and architects through fine showrooms worldwide. inspire

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