From color-block lattices to butterfly wings: the new cc-tapis

Born in France, designed in Milan and handcrafted in Nepal: the cc-tapis rug differs from mass production to represent a unique piece of interior design. Distinguishing features are the precious materials - such as Himalayan wool, pure silk and linen, expertly hand-knotted - and a three-month production period.

Color-block lattices and butterfly wings are among the many splendors impressed in the new cc-tapis collections shown at the last Milan Design Week, including xequer, fordite, tidal, envolée, signed by internationally renowned designers, and rug invaders, born from the inspiration of the internal design-lab led by the Art Director Daniele Lora.

xequer collection

Martino Gamper's latest collection for cc-tapis is created from the collision of various layers of brilliant chessboards. The artist's imagination gives life to a psychedelic world of bright and penetrating colors that intertwine and overlap, interacting just like the color-block lines that make up the lattice.

fordite collection

The collection Fordite is inspired by the automotive industry: a multi-colored layer of enameled car paint (accumulated over time within the plant) is baked and polished to look like a jewel. Patricia Urquiola applies a similar method in making these carpets, but with a sustainable approach.

rug invaders

An intergalactic army of changing hand-knotted contemporary rugs were born from cc-tapis design-lab’s minds. The so-called Rug Invaders have freed themselves from their historical past, becoming spatial and oversized.


tidal collection

Tidal Collection explores the symbiotic relationship between colors and shapes. A two-dimensional surface becomes three-dimensional as the color creates movement and animation within the drawing. “I always start with primary geometric shapes - like circles, squares and rectangles - and I let the drawing transform them”, the designer Germans Ermičs explains by talking about his working method. To create the monochromatic fade effect, cc-tapis has devised a new coloring system, combining threads of Himalayan wool in alternated saturations.


The new project by Cristina Celestino for cc-tapis takes inspiration from one of the most delicate architectures of nature: the butterfly wings. The decorative motif is on a succession of chromatic compositions declined on different material densities, from wool to linen. That is a rhythm translated into a vibrant and full texture, creating effects with the textile differences and the different heights of the materials used.


photo: Andrea Bortolucci