The inky blue hues and stylized lines of Robyn Waffle's hand-made tapestry might seem inspired by a Lawren Harris canvas. And in fact, one of the 29-year-old's first artistic endeavours, as a teenager, was reproducing Group of Seven paintings (making the style more graphic and the colours more surreal.)
But the rug is actually a poetic, loving tribute to the Nepalese craftspeople who produce the silk and New Zealand wool creations she designs as the head of Toronto's Modallion studio. The central motif is the Himalayas, surrounded by cross-hatching inspired by fabric weavers, overlaid with a series of bold, curvy orange lines that represent the seven major cities of Nepal.
It creates a luminous image, but for even more sparkle, Waffle incorporates small Swarovski crystals into the orange dots. It's the kind of finishing touch that elevates her work from something to put a coffee table over, to something worth hanging on the wall.
Himalayas rug. 8' x 8'. From $6,500. Available through Reznick Carpets, 81A Ronald Ave., 416-789-9090.