Warli - Paolo Zani Rugs

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Born in Cesena, Italy in 1960, lives and works in Milan. Graduated from the I.S.I.A. in Faenza (Institute for Arts and Industrial Design) in 1986. In 1987 graduated with the Masters Degree in Industrial Design from Domus Academy, Milan. As an independent designer he has designed ceramic tiles, hi-fi accessories, tableware and kitchen accessories, wall to wall carpets and rugs, home and office furniture, light fittings, mobile phones. He also collaborated in developing office seatings (Artifort and Steelcase Strafor), light fittings (Fontana Arte), home appliances (SanGiorgio), writing instruments, watches and leather accessories (Mont Blanc). In 1992, he established 'Warli', a collection of contemporary carpets and rugs manufactured in India by local weavers, handknotted according to traditional techniques. With 'Alessi' he collaborated to the project and the book 'La Cintura di Orione'. Since 2001 he is art director of 'Cierre accessories', Italian manufacturer of kitchen accessories and tableware.