Johanna Ulfsak (1987, Talinn), IRL (in real life) 2019, dimensions circa 90″ x 78″, weight 13kg.
A dreamy one-of-a-kind high-quality 150 knots/cm2 (970 knots per square-inch) rug made from hand-spun silk and wool in Nepal Window plane rug is a large 90″ oval rug to lay down on as well as it is hole in the ground,
a trompe l’oeil, an illusion on the floor to carry you away. Designed in pre-corona times it was reflecting reflecting on the absurdity of mass travel and unlimited global access, these days it certainly reflects more on the grief that comes with the loss of this very access and possibilities.
Merging the every-day with classical production and modernist rug design, Johanna Ulfsak remains an outstanding figure in the wide scene of new rug designers, often wavering between art and design.
All her designs follow a strict policy of regionality and control over the production.
Each piece is hand-knotted in Nepal with the finest materials and adequate wages.
The dyes are non-toxic and each piece takes between 2-3 month to completion.
This IRL (in real life) rug depicting a pre-corona ordinary view out of a plane window has 150 knots/square-cm, made from a blend of silk and wool.
It is very thick and durable showing an astonishing palette of colors and shades.
Johann Ulfsak (*1987, Tallinn) holds a Master in textile design, her work has been widely shown internationally and she’s part of the permanent in the collection of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design.