Javier Marín Creates Limited Edition Rugs and Tapestries for Odabashian
With nearly 300 solo and group exhibitions under his belt, Javier Marín is one of Mexico’s leading modern artists. Just one year shy of a century, Odabashian is one of the world’s oldest purveyors of handmade rugs. The contrasting credentials coalesce in Marín’s first limited edition of rugs and tapestries for the manufacturer. He conceived the Battle rug as a pictorial depiction of fighting, “even if only in our heads,” with a circular throng of skirmishing figures. “I started making free compositions, cutting characters in black paper and randomly throwing them over a white surface, creating different stories,” he recalls. The graphic mockup was ultimately hand-knotted in New Zealand wool using ancient Tibetan techniques, making the classic-contemporary mash-up complete.