[Khotan in Rubia courtesy Zak + Fox]
Following textile designer Zak Profera's Instagram feed a few months back, enjoying a vicarious adventure through Anatolia and Istanbul, I wondered how his trip would inspire new designs for the Zak + Fox collection.
In the end, four new patterns resulted from his exploratory trek. Khotan draws upon those wonderful old rugs from Central Asia that historically combine Turkic, Chinese, and sometimes Mughal influences. (The Met owns a gorgeous late 18th- or early 19th-century example with a rich red, blue and yellow palette in the classic vase and pomegranate design -- it looks like an ancestor of Zak's latest linen print.)
Apart from the motif, Khotan, available in colorways Rubia or Goldwork, has a mellowness that echoes a worn, centuries-old rug. The ground color of Rubia is described by Zak as a dusty but true blue, and he tells me that Goldwork reads a bit like putty-green with a soft, earthy and extremely muted yellow on top.
The inspiration for Damatlik comes from Skill of the Hand, Delight of the Eye, an exhibition of Ottoman embroideries Zak toured at the Sadberk Hanım Museum. But rather than using stitches, he's done a painted interpretation of tents and trees.