The Dutch textile designer delved into Colombian weaving and techniques and applied them to create enticing rugs, cushions and blankets.
Textile design has always been central to the work of Dutch designer Mae Engelgeer, from her school days through her studies at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute to her Masters in applied art at the Sandberg Instituut.
Since opening her studio in 2013, she has been driven by her interest in craft techniques. Using yarns, colours, patterns and fabrics, she pushes the boundaries of textile production to adapt old methods for modern life.
This approach is the reason why the collaboration with ames was so fruitful. Mae got to know the incredible talent of the Colombian craftspeople, who use materials that are rarely used in rugs, for example, the fibres of the fique plant. And because the entire production relies on manual labour, all the fine details in Mae’s design come across beautifully in the final product.
Mae Engelgeer’s works combine subtle colour palettes, patterns and linear elements. Complex compositions are brought to perfection and give rise to new harmonies.