This piece depicts a riksja in the streets of Manila. The idea here was to create very light tone in tone colors making the the classic rug pattern more flowing and disappearing in the background. Also the size is different: it is a square piece. The only thing really jumping forward is the yellow strip which is the coloration on the side of the pavement. The result is a unique masterpiece with stunning, yet muted colors and a unique 3D look only visible under plenty of light, as the silk color color is silver and the wool colors are several greys.

This piece is only being produced once and is one of 3 pieces 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 which she 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.


The design process in steps from inspiration to final result.

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original photograph


finished artwork by Thibault Van Renne, this is the weaving template showing the work set out to do by the weavers.


the finished piece looks even better than the computer animated design.

Technical specifications


Knots / m2

11/11 quality
Persian knot

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Handcarded + handspun wool
Handspun silk

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250 x 250 cm


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1 piece only

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