A new dimension for floors
by Jasmin Jouhar | 1/22/2018
Jan Kath designs and produces extravagant hand-knotted and hand-tufted carpets. Jasmin Jouhar spoke to him about his floor work.
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Jan Kath is one the most important carpet designers on the international stage. Around the world, more than 1,500 carpet weavers work for his company, while seven employees work in the creative department in Bochum. The collections are marketed by specially selected partners all over the globe. The designs have received many awards (Red Dot Design Award, Carpet Design Award, Design Prize of the Federal Republic of Germany). Renowned interior designers incorporate them in their work, and they are highly praised in the trade press.
Carpets by Jan Kath can be found everywhere - in the homes of Arabian royalty, in Rupert Murdoch's New York penthouse, in private suites at the Four Seasons in Cairo, on the luxury yachts of multinational oil conglomerates, or in the showrooms of important Parisian fashion labels.
Traditional craftsmanship meets modern logistics: while the manufacture of the carpets follows carpetweaving techniques that are centuries old and extremely time-consuming, "Jan Kath Design" is a highly effective logistics company operating internationally. A majority of the orders are fulfilled specifically according to customer wishes, and are distributed around the world.
With regard to size, format, and materials, the carpets can be made according to individual wishes. Even the collections can be freely combined with one another in a kind of modular design system. Yarns from wool, silk, and stinging nettles are available in a range of over 1,200 colors.
Flexibility and customization to individual needs are an important theme at "Jan Kath Design." But Jan Kath does more than simply design his own collections. He considers himself a couturier for floors, and also makes his know-how and infrastructure available to his customers. He develops and produces entire collections for French fashion labels and leading furniture brands. In addition, he also manufactures custom-made products for designers such as Christian Liaigre, Matteo Thun, and Peter Marino.