This piece depicts a riksja taxi in the streets of Manila, The Philippines. Using a lot of color and extreme clashing colors, this piece is most remarkable. The finished piece was oxidized using a special procedure that deteriorates the wool and keeps the silk untouched, apart from a slight decoloration. This procedure was performed at the end of its production. The result is a unique masterpiece with stunning, bright, lively colors and a unique 3D look. The touch is rather rough and worn out, adding to the drama of the whole design in this piece.

This piece is only being produced once and is one of 3 works of art in a unique quality as only THIBAULT VAN RENNE can produce.

Creative director Thibault Van Renne was approached by Anneke Coppens, photographer from Sint-Martens-latem who travels around the world making street photography.

Anneke wanted to have some of her photographic work made in Manila, The Philippines, to be produced in unique designer rugs.She was very explicit she didn't want exact copies, but wanted Thibault to use it as a base for a new creation of unique designer rugs with the purpose of pure art to be presented as wall decoration.

THIBAULT VAN RENNE is known for pushing the limits of the arts and crafts involved in handmade-rug production methods. "Exploring the endless possibilities of an empty canvas". Thibault Van Renne set out to explore the possibilities and after 10 days came up with 3 unique artworks. They mark the point where digital photography meets oriental rug design. This clash of modern and classic and its' contrasts have always been very intriguing to Thibault Van Renne.

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The design process in steps from inspiration to final result.

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photography anneke copens thibault van renne

original photograph

the computer created design converted into a weavable template with a huge amount of colors

finished artwork by Thibault Van Renne,the computer created design converted into a weavable template with a huge amount of colors

finished rug art piece

finished artwork

Technical specifications


Knots / m2

11/11 quality
Persian knot

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Handcarded + handspun wool
Handspun silk

underwent oxidizing process

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270 x 180 cm


limited to

1 piece only

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