Since 2009, BravinLee editions has been producing hand-knotted rugs based on designs by contemporary artists. This project was conceived in partnership with BravinLee programs director Meredith Rosen, who developed it during her graduate studies, under the guidance of her thesis advisor and co-owner of BravinLee programs, John Lee. BravinLee editions seeks to explore and experiment with other ways in which fine art and fine art imagery can be utilized as the basis for a design platform.
BravinLee editions has made it a priority to ensure that their rugs are GoodWeave certified, in order to support ethical business practices in the global marketplace. GoodWeave International only certifies rug manufacturers that are child-labor-free, and the organization has been working to eradicate the use of child labor in the rug industry and provide educational opportunities to children in weaving communities. Each rug is crafted by weavers in Kathmandu, Nepal, whose exceptional skills have been passed down through many generations. Although the artist provides the design of the rug based on a previous or entirely new work, the weavers have to navigate the translation from painting or drawing to tightly-woven wool or silk. As such, BravinLee works closely with the rug manufacturers for many months per edition to ensure that the final design is as close to the vision of the artist as possible.
Much like fine art prints, the rugs are created in limited editions of fifteen with two artist's proofs. These high-quality creations display rich texture and subtle color variations, adding a new dimension to the oeuvre of the artist while simultaneously paying tribute to the crafting traditions of these weavers, who are artists in their own right. It is hoped that through this project, contemporary art will find its way into the homes of a larger audience beyond the world of commercial art galleries.