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Vera Vermeersch

Vera Vermeersch Carpet maker
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Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+32 477741452
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The poetry of fine carpet making

  • • Vera's carpets are made using the technique of hand-tufting
  • • Strands of wool are punched into a canvas stretched on a frame
  • • Vera feels a well made object has to express the passion of the maker

Upon graduating in art history from the University of Ghent, Vera Vermeersch already knew she was not interested in an academic career. She felt she was not a woman of theories, instead she wanted to work with her hands. She took a course at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage Brussels (KIK) and trained in tapestry restoration at a specialised workshop, opening her independent restoration studio in 1988. “However, I soon realised that a restorer cannot be creative. So, with my creative genes, I preferred to start a studio where I would be weaving the designs of artists as well as my own. But since weaving is time-consuming and hardly realistic, I decided to revert to hand-tufting, which is quicker and offers more creative possibilities.”

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Based on a design by Benoît van Innis, this hand-tufted carpet echoes the immediately recognisable voice of the original creation. To translate the highly complicated design of the original painting into a woven language, Vera had to relay the essence of the original brushwork. The finished piece was integrated into a modern architecture setting to separate two distinct spaces.

Length 257 cm
Width 185 cm

Vera Vermeersch Carpet maker
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Based on a design by Benoît van Innis, this hand-tufted carpet echoes the immediately recognisable voice of the original creation. To translate the highly complicated design of the original painting into a woven language, Vera had to relay the essence of the original brushwork. The finished piece was integrated into a modern architecture setting to separate two distinct spaces.

Vera Vermeersch Carpet maker
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Stokrozen

This hand-tufted carpet of pure New Zealand wool is based on a design by Frieda Van Dun. Vera has reinterpreted the composition, lines and colours of the original painting without losing its overall vision. She consulted the artist on the dimensions and shape of the carpet, as well as on the colour nuances, wool and pile height.

Length 260 cm
Width 196 cm

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Slang en Staf

This hand-tufted wool carpet is based on a design by Jan Vanriet. Although it may seem quite simple, the design was actually one of the most challenging on which Vera has worked. Its subtle nuances proved difficult to rephrase and translate into pure wool.

Length 250 cm
Width 210 cm

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Painter’s palette rug

Vera considers this hand-tufted rug – an interpretation of a painter’s palette designed by Lachaert Dhanis – to be her masterpiece. She doesn’t know precisely how many colours she used because she worked intuitively, combining colours to create new shades. She also varied the pile height and used different thicknesses of wool thread. The rug is a harmonious collaboration between craft and art, a symbiosis between artistic expression and artisan methods.

Length 250 cm

Vera Vermeersch Carpet maker

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