We North Americans often think of furniture as utilitarian and art as something that sits on the wall or sometimes on the furniture. I was reminded that Europeans see less of a distinction between the two at a reception hosted by French rug company Diurne at the Salari showroom in Vancouver.

Marcel Zelmanovitch, painter and designer for Diurne, has reintroduced the art of tapestry. The ancient tradition of tapestries made a brief comeback in the 20th century with Picasso, Miro, Chagall, Le Corbusier and many others but its interest has faded in more recent times. While most tapestries end up on walls they were originally made for floor coverings. Zelmonovitch’s tapestry designs are also available as wool & silk rugs. Read more…