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Célia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas

Célia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas Weaver
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Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday 14:00 - 19:00
Phone:
+351 930557975
© Celia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas

Weaving modernity into carpets

  • • Célia and Claudia reinterpret traditional Portuguese handloom weaving
  • • Their rugs gain an artistic dimension through collaborations with artists
  • • They hope their project can stimulate young artisans to keep this craft alive

GUR is actually “rug” spelt backwards, a playful note from dynamic duo Célia and Claudia. Both women come from Viana do Castelo, a beautiful city in Northern Portugal with strong handicraft traditions. They met when Célia, working at the time in an artist’s print studio in Porto, participated in an exhibition at the Costume Museum. “Designers and artisans had to work on an object together. I chose the loom and Claudia was the artisan.” And so GUR was born as both believed in modernising the art of weaving. They collaborate with artists to create new designs for rugs while still using traditional wooden weaving looms and techniques. The results are fine examples of how precise ancestral gestures can step out of the past and into today’s world.

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Works

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Photo: © Celia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas
Gur1

This traditionally hand woven rug was created in collaboration with the designers of studio 44flavours. Celia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas continue to perpetuate a Portuguese tradition of rug making using simple, randomly chosen recycled materials from textile factories. They work in close collaboration with designer and illustrators to create a collection of rugs with contemporary designs and motifs. The essence of GUR is to make these typical Portuguese rugs more fun.

Width 70 cm
Length 120 cm

Célia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas Weaver
Photo: © Celia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas
Mantraste

This traditionally hand woven rug, with the motif of a cobra, was created in collaboration with illustrator Mantraste. Celia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas continue to perpetuate a Portuguese tradition of rug making using simple, randomly chosen recycled materials from textile factories. They work in close collaboration with designer and illustrators to create a collection of rugs with contemporary designs and motifs. The essence of GUR is to make these typical Portuguese rugs more fun.

Width 70 cm
Length 120 cm

Célia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas Weaver
Photo: © Celia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas
Margo

This traditionally hand woven rug, with the motif of a seagull, was created in collaboration with illustrator Margo. Celia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas continue to perpetuate a Portuguese tradition of rug making using simple, randomly chosen recycled materials from textile factories. They work in close collaboration with designer and illustrators to create a collection of rugs with contemporary designs and motifs. The essence of GUR is to make these typical Portuguese rugs more fun.

Width 70 cm
Length 120 cm

Célia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas Weaver
Photo: © Celia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas
Nicolau

This traditionally hand woven rug, with the motif of an ant, was created in collaboration with illustrator Nicolau. Celia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas continue to perpetuate a Portuguese tradition of rug making using simple, randomly chosen recycled materials from textile factories. They work in close collaboration with designer and illustrators to create a collection of rugs with contemporary designs and motifs. The essence of GUR is to make these typical Portuguese rugs more fun.

Width 70 cm
Length 120 cm

Célia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas Weaver
Photo: © Celia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas
Paul Loubet

This traditionally hand woven rug, with the motif of a running man, was created in collaboration with artist Paul Loubet. Celia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas continue to perpetuate a Portuguese tradition of rug making using simple, randomly chosen recycled materials from textile factories. They work in close collaboration with designer and illustrators to create a collection of rugs with contemporary designs and motifs. The essence of GUR is to make these typical Portuguese rugs more fun.

Width 70 cm
Length 120 cm

Célia Esteves & Claudia Vilas Boas Weaver

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