Walking around the Tate Britain last week we were struck by a wonderful Spotlight Display by Anwar Shemza.
Shemza moved to London from Lahore in 1956. In London he abandoned his illustrative and figurative approach that had brought him acclaim in Pakistan, he had achieved widespread recognition in Pakistan but was unrecognised in London
During his time at the Slade, a lecturer described Islamic art as purely functional and it was from that point that Shemza started his own, new style of compositions which combined calligraphy, Islamic architectural features and elements of Western abstraction. His Western influences came from artists such as Paul Klee and we loved the way he blended this abstraction with Islamic artistic traditions.
At Devas Designs we draw inspiration from many sources from sights we see on our travels to natural forms to works of art and antiques. Shemza's work reminded us of carpet designs we had seen. You don't need to own an artwork to introduce its influence into your home, if a well known work inspires you, you can draw on its colour scheme, textures and patterns to inform the look and feel of your interior.
Jennifer Manners creates beautiful modern rugs from bespoke designs. Each rug is hand made in Nepal and India by artisans who have been working in the textile industry for generations. Their previous patterns evoke middle eastern designs with a contemporary take.
Jan Kath also creates incredible designs using high quality materials such as Tibetan highland wool, Chinese silk, cashmere and nettle fibres. His rugs are also handwoven in Nepal by skilled artisans using a high density knotting technique to create wonderful textures that vary with each design. He sees his rugs as artworks in themselves, their texture and colourings have a beautiful painterly quality, they would be sure to stand out in a contemporary interior.