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Venice Art Projects

Philip Rosenberger founded Zakaria Rugs in 2019 in Amsterdam. It was created to be a platform that allows different cultures and dialogues to interact with the appreciation for hand-made rugs and contemporary art. The combination of art with the skills of traditional craftsmen is the essence of Zakaria Rugs, which opposes the unsustainable mass-production that has become normalized in our fast-paced world. To counter unthoughtful, out-of-scale consumption, Rosenberger wanted Zakaria Rugs to put justice, awareness for handcraft and the value of nature at the center of production. The designs of the rugs are created by artists, most influentially Gabrielė Adomaitytė, the head of design at Zakaria Rugs.  Adomaitytė is the designer behind the ‘Off Axis’ rug — one of the six...

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BIG ART 2020

BIG ART is a platform for extra-large art installations and design objects. The pop-up enables both well-established and promising talents alike to showcase and sell their greatest works in a monumental building in Amsterdam. Initiated by Anne van der Zwaag - a curator, writer, and consultant - BIG ART has been organized annually every autumn since 2016.  Zakaria Rugs showcased E la nave va and Wavelet. E la nave va is a rug based on a 2017 painting by Adomaitytė. It depicts a ship and a water level measuring scale. The image is inspired by an illustration from a personal collection, which was then further distorted to color and line drawing. Wavelet, also designed by Adomaitytė, is inspired by ancient Japanese wave illustrations. The source of...

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