The Rugs — Dizzy
To mark the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Max Huber, Poltrona Frau pays homage to the famous Swiss artist and graphic designer with Billie and Dizzy, a collection of rugs based on drawings of two unproduced works taken from the archive and dating respectively to 1936 and 1947.
The Dizzy rug is based on a design which stands out for its series of cadenced lines, its rhythm bringing to mind Dizzy Gillespie, one of the inventors of bebop and modern jazz. A tribute to a genre of music much loved by the artist and a passion that influenced his work. As well as his famous works for Esselunga, La Rinascente, Coin, Rai and Montecatini, during his career Max Huber carried out lots of projects connected with this form of music, such as “Ritmo” magazine in 1950 and “Jazztime” in 1952, the cover of jazz encyclopaedia “Messaggerie Musicali” in 1952, and the poster for the “Jazz Chiasso weeks” festival of 1985.
Dizzy has a motif formed of small broken lines in two different colours positioned both horizontally and vertically. The strokes originate at the centre of the rug and form a radial effect stretching towards the external edge, gradually becoming longer and thinner. The design is based on a musical score and therefore suitable for being presented in different variants and dimensions. The rugs in the Dizzy collection come in two sizes: 200X300 cm and 250X350 cm, and four very stylish shades, two dark: Blue Green, Deep Red and two light: White Sand and Light Gray.
The Dizzy rug is entirely handmade on wooden looms using the Persian knot technique and has a density of around 50,000 knots per m2 with a long pile. The selection of raw materials is essential in making the surface soft, resistant but also glossy. Only top-quality 100% natural carded and hand-spun wool is used. It is for this reason that the colours are not absorbed in a perfectly uniform way, giving the dyes unique degrees of intensity. Dizzy has a 4 cm-high edge produced using the Kilim technique and made from wool on the two shorter sides, in the same colour as the background of the rug.
The collection is distinctive for the saddle-leather label hand-sewn on the back of the rugs and stamped with the Poltrona Frau logo. To keep the corners rigid, two strips of fabric are sewn onto the back of the rug and embroidered with Max Huber’s signature.