Legends of Carpets
Join us on this journey and discover our collection Legends of Carpets. Inspired by the archaic beauty of Africa, transferred into unique carpet images.
The last rays of sun bathe the savannah in liquid gold. Zebras graze in a hollow, a giraffe emerges from the acacias. The changing incidence of light turns the veldt into never ending vastness.
In the beginning there was the inspiration
While family entrepreneur and Walter Knoll CEO Markus Benz has visited a lot of facinating places around the world, you will always see him returning to his place of longing, Africa, with a camera by his side. And it was his travels to various African countries that inspired our carpets. In the archaic beauty of this manyfaceted continent, Markus Benz found the inspiration to expand the collection with carpets.
From the idea to the motif
Markus Benz was consumed by the idea and so he once again set out for Africa with his friend Helmut Scheufele, an artist and textile designer, to gather more specific ideas. Their journey to Marrakesh marked the start of the Legends of Carpets.
Based on the impressions and description of their travels, Helmut Scheufele started work in his studio: painting. Painting abstract pictures inspired by their common impressions. Later these pictures were translated into carpet designs. Structures intensified, yarns were selected, colors developed. Carpet for carpet, detail for detail.
The complete collection
Our Legends of Carpets collection consists of three lines: Patterned, Plain and Silk. Every carpet is given a name in Swahili, a language that connects many countries in Africa.
Fascinating landscape images translated into abstract painting. Each carpet encapsulates a proverb that has been passed down from generation to generation.
The Plain carpets each shine in an exquisite shade, inspired by a specific landscape and its special light mood – in a way you will only find in Africa.
Grounded seating: Nomadic peoples tend to use carpets and pillows not only to sit on but also as items to rest their weary heads on. The soft Badawi Pillows are adjust to the body’s shape and create a unique feel-good atmosphere. From the hand-knotted carpets we design carpet pillows in the tradition of sitting close to the floor from the oriental cultures.
Our materials: 100% natural
Walter Knoll carpets are created by artisans who work in fair conditions where manufacturing methods are environment-friendly.
Hand-dyed and hand-knotted
Following centuries-old traditions, the carpets are hand-dyed and hand-knotted in workshops in the Himalayas. The craftsmen prepare the wool, silk and yarn, dye the materials with 100 % natural eco-friendly colors and then process them by hand over a period of several months.
The label: STEP
Our partner workshops in Nepal follow the code of the STEP label: no child labor, compliance with hygienic standards and occupational health and safety measures. For fair and good working and living conditions and environmentally sustainable production methods. Furthermore, STEP promotes the craft of carpet knotting as part of the Nepalese identity.