View Our Selection Of Area Rugs By Peruvian Artist Genaro Rivas
Genaro Rivas is a self-taught fashion designer born in Chiclayo, a coastal province in the north of Peru. He is the last of a 4 sibling family. His mother is a nurse, and his father was a policeman. When he was a kid, Genaro started developing his creative side by painting.
He started studying business administration but always leaned towards his creative and artistic tendencies. In 2008, with no experience at all, Genaro participated in a fashion contest which was held by the French alliance of Peru. He ended up winning the competition and decided leave the university and embark on his own fashion centric life path.
Rivas has a unique perspective that comes from his upbringing in the culturally diverse third world country of Peru. Genaro is a socially driven entrepreneur and is keen to positively impact the lives of others while contributing to the preservation of our planet through a profitable business. He has a deep sense of purpose that has led him to develop new ventures with communities of Peruvian artisans.
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Innovation and experimentation are an important part of Genaro’s work and seen here is his first collection of hand made area rugs. These textile art pieces are created using Peruvian sourced signature materials such as alpaca wool, and are woven using ancient rug weaving technique.
Genaro believes in a sustainable future, where everyone can develop their talents and share them with the world.
Description of each of Genaro Rivas Peruvian art rug designs:
Each of them carry an essence of Peru, inspired in Peruvian heritage with a sustainable vision of the future (sorry caps locked). Huaycán is a suburb on the outskirts of lima. It was heavily affected by the shining path (a Peruvian terrorist group in the 90’s) and by covid19. There, he found Gamaniel, the younger sibling of the fourth generation of artisans who showed him the telar technique in a more profound way.
The Peruvian Telar weaving technique employs a weaving loom that is attached with a belt to the weaver’s waste. The woven designs and textile texture are created by sliding the warp threads both over and under that wefts while the foundation threads are fixed to, and extend out from, a near by tree or pole. The weaver will cross the threads repeatedly to create the woven piece.
Working together with them, self-taught fashion designer Genaro Rivas created the artisan collection.
Weaving and Design Of Genaro Rivas Peruvian Flat Woven Art Rugs:
Genaro work with a community of artisans who developed the telar technique. He creates the rug designs and they do the actual weaving. They work together and one of the goals is to have them launch their own weaving ventures later on.
It is not just a process of designing and weaving as Genaro makes use of his network to provide the weaver with tools to learn how to develop their own businesses.
Texture and Material Of The Genaro Rivas Textile Art Pieces:
For this first modern rug collection they are mostly creating modern flat weave rugs. But in addition to the kilim rugs, they are weaving some shag rugs as well.
They are currently working with soft luxurious Alpaca wool which is a locally sourced signature Peruvian material. But in the future, they are thinking about maybe working with cotton and other sustainable / natural organic dyes and materials.
The Peruvian Huari Textile Art Collection
The powerful Huari (WARI) militaristic society (750 AD – 900 AD) deaminated both the costal and highland of modern day Peru. Growing up, Rivas had an ancient Huari textile / tapestry hanging on his wall and he wanted to create his own personal artistic interpretation.
He deeply loves the level of abstraction shown in ancient Peruvian cultures which serve as the inspiration for chapter one in his textile weaving life path.
Peruvian Andean Checkers Carpet Collection
If the Incas had checkers, this is how Rivas imagined their board would be. With natural tones and geometric shapes that contrast each other.
We have a hexagonal carpet as the central piece of this line.
The Peruvian Bauka Textile Art Collection
Andean cultures iconography served as inspiration for many pieces of many contemporary artists.
Here’s how Genaro imagines the perfect balance of the new and old world. Minimal elegance.
The Peruvian Pukllay Collection
This is the most colorful part of chapter one. This is another technique, whimsical. Pukllay is the name of a central Andes festival but it also means carnival in the Quechua language.
The festive aspect of these textile art rugs is not just converged through the shapes you see on the carpet but through the colors selected as well.
The Peruvian Pukllay Jungle Collection
In this group of artistic textile pieces Genaro imagines what a Pukllay festival would look like in the jungle.
The colors of the Pukllay Jungle pieces are mixed with more earthy tones.
The Peruvian Yawirka Collection
Playing with single blocks and color combinations is part of Genaro’s essence.
In this artistic rug collection we see simplicity at its best accompanied by some dashes of color and playful shapes.
The Simplistic Kusaska Tika Collection
Made to resemble a wall, most of the houses that surround Gamaniel’s family atelier were built by the family members themselves. It was usually the brothers who built them and by the time the ceiling is completed, they celebrate with a big party.
Using just two simple colors but with a structure of mixed sizes. Kusaska Tika (meaning bricks in the Quechua language) is perhaps one of the more complex pieces in the entire collection. It is simply intricacy at its best.
Genaro Teams Up With Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
During one of his travels to the USA, Genaro met with Jason Nazmiyal who loved both the artistic impact and meaning behind the textile art pieces.
Together, Rivas and Nazmiyal Rugs look forward to sharing these magnificent works of art with the world while also impacting the life of his artisan’s team back in Peru in a positive manner.
Guided by a belief in a sustainable future as well as in a sustainable world, Genaro hopes to give home decoration more of a purpose, by revaluating handmade pieces and choosing art to decorate our interior spaces.
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Please note this collection can be created and ordered in a variety of custom rug shapes and in almost any rug size.