Tamer Nakisci, ‘Light Kilim rug’, 2012, Carwan Gallery
Tamer Nakisci, ‘Light Kilim rug’, 2012, Carwan Gallery

Inspired by the magic of light and mashrabiya, the design raises a new perception and awareness of light, through reflection and visibility; creating an illusion of lightrays captured on a surface. The hand made kilim is laser cut and stitched by had using silk threads. More than 1300 pieces of steel mirrors are attached behind these cuts, resembling a hidden layer of light underneath the kilim and resulting in unexpected illusions over the floor and the space around it. Going beyond the traditional techniques, Tamer Nakisci explores the possibilities into the kilim making; reversing the light and time.

Carwan Gallery commission
Produced in Turkey

About Tamer Nakisci

Turkish designer Tamer Nakisci is fascinated with the future. His work looks forward to a time when “form follows you,” as he creates a more emotional relationship between people and objects. His breakthrough came with the award-winning 2005 concept for the Nokia 888, a flexible, shape-shifting phone. After studying in Milan, Nakisci returned to native Istanbul to start his own studio, focusing on concept, interior design, and interactive installations. His highly customizable work includes the Pixel rug, with interchangeable colored dots, and the award-winning Dot bathroom tiles, which can be mixed and matched to create patterns. Other works reference Turkish culture, like the Shade rug, inspired by Middle Eastern craft, and the limited-edition Light, which reinterprets the mashrabiya latticed window as a kilim made of wool, silk, and mirrors.

Turkish, b. 1982