commissioned by the british council, Sabrina Kraus Lopez lived in residency with Anou artisans in the Atlas Mountains, collaborating on new designs and approaches based on the Amazigh’s traditional weaving techniques. Over a one-month period Sabrina worked with six artisans to create the Common Thread collection, a series of bespoke hand woven rugs inspired by the Berber’s heritage, surroundings and personal stories.
Through exchanging stories and knowledge, six-limited edition contemporary rugs have been created that each celebrate and draw inspiration from the artisan’s own culture and personal background. All of the six artisans involved in the collaboration are part of Anou, an online platform that cuts out the middleman and allows Berber crafts people the opportunity to connect directly with potential customers internationally. This ensures that Berbers have the chance to keep their traditions and culture alive by making a sufficient living from their skills.
These rugs also formed the basis of an exhibition specially curated by Faculty (Moira Lascelles and Kieren Jones) at Designjunction during the London Design Festival 2014. The exhibition told the story of the residency and the rugs and included a film by Simon Mills.