by Jeanne de Lombardy
Photo: Nina Slavcheva
Chakra or the journey of the senses
A contemplative work, a resting mat, a meditation base, each one appropriates Chakra in its own way. Chakra is the result of a collaboration between the artist Sara Badr Schmidt and Inata, a Parisian publisher of exceptional alpaca rugs. A meeting between two sensitive souls, which combines creativity and know-how for a product with a unique design, edited in limited edition.
Chakra invites you to relax for a journey of the senses, a moment of renewal. The shape, dimensions, composition and materials used have been studied to allow the eye to lose itself in the color and the body to relax in contact with the rug.
Concerned about producing pieces that will last over time, Sara became aware of the formidable creative stakes of rugs when she discovered the craft of textiles. A beautiful way to create works for the home, with exceptional materials, capable of being passed on for several generations.
Once Sara’s imagination has conceived her project, she starts to think about graphic research by computer, works on her color palette, and then by hand on large full-size tracing paper, like a pattern. Then with this very precise guide, the rug is entirely handmade in workshops in Peru carefully selected by Clement Naudy the founder of Inata, for the quality of their know-how and their durability.
Swedish and Lebanese, she is influenced by her multicultural background and inspired by the different worlds she comes across. Her textile project is part of an ambitious desire to push back the boundaries between art and design a little further. Sara appropriates design through textiles and gives life to innovative and unique graphics.
Through her artistic vision she transcends reality to pay homage to the living with a bold and playful approach to shapes. Sara’s creations convey an art of living, a philosophy of existence that is echoed in color, materials and shapes.
Gently realigning energies
Spiritual and creative, Sara has designed this rug as a painting, which rebalances energies. Chakra can be hung on the wall for meditative contemplation and placed on the floor for a suspended time, a deep relaxation of the body. Imagined in human size, all in length, Sara wished to make of this rug-object a piece that refocuses the vibration of the chakras. A work in adequacy with the yogic values that the artist shares. The eye travels through the meanders and depths of color. The body appropriates the softness and the mellowness of the material. Tone on tone of ecru, the rug is in alpaca and silk; in the center unfolds a gradation of colors symbolizing the progression of the chakras through the energy centers.
Attentive to the environment and the choice of materials, Sara chose alpaca, a natural fiber. Hypoallergenic, it brings a maximum comfort, with 18 mm thickness, a great durability and respects the environment.