Inspired by a collaboration with the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art in New Mexico, Crafted Convergence draws on influences from broad and varied sources—from Native American pottery and baskets to everyday Japanese and African garments. Translating the inspiration into broadloom, carpet tile and Durkan’s innovative Definity technology, the design team chose to honor the original materials rather than replicate them. The carpet collection celebrates the skillful use of negative and positive space so elegantly rendered in the handmade originals from cultures continents apart. Crafted Convergence is the recipient of the IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Award for Carpet/Rugs.
One of Durkan’s latest collaborations on display at HD Expo, Crafted Convergence, explores the idea of “everyday art” and the presence of “art everywhere.” The following materials and articles from the archives of New Mexico’s Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art provided some of the inspiration for the new collection.