27 JUL 2016
Dilana – Bespoke Artist Designed Rugs
The connection between Mr. Bigglesworthy and Dilana has been a perfect fit from the start.
In 2010, Dan and Emma Eagle of Mr. Bigglesworthy needed a gallery setting to open their first store. A light and open industrial space occupied by bespoke rug maker Dilana was the perfect setting. This was the start of an inspiring partnership with Dilana owners Hugh and Robyn Bannerman and the creation of a unique, high end showroom that presented both brands at their best.
Five years on, Mr. Bigglesworthy is proud to offer Dilana rugs as the exclusive Auckland retailer. The Dilana range provides an immense scope for those looking to make a statement in their space, whether bold or subtle. It is the perfect complement to the well curated design store – a sophisticated finish to the interior environment.
Dilana has been hand crafting the finest New Zealand made rugs for over 35 years. From the opening of their Christchurch based workshop in 1980, Dilana has collaborated with leading contemporary artists to produce this country’s most luxurious rugs and carpets.
Outstanding craftsmanship and innovation has always been at the heart of the Dilana offering. It was the first company throughout Australasia to be granted the coveted ‘Woolmark’ from the International Wool Secretariat for quality of product.
Today Dilana continues to work closely with leading artists, designers and architects to create ambitious, handmade works with a core value of craftsmanship, design integrity and originality. These distinguished pieces can be seen in some of the most distinguished homes, commercial buildings, art galleries and museums throughout the world.
Some of the prominent artists that Dilana has collaborated with include Ralph Hotere, Dick Frizzell, John Reynolds, Darryn George, Martin Poppelwell, Richard Killen, Bing Dawe, Don Peebles and Gavin Chilcott.
Company highlights include:
/ An exhibition including four rugs at the Barbican Centre for Arts in London from which two rugs from Carole Shepheard and Kate Wells. Two of these were later purchased by the Auckland Museum for its permanent collection
/ National Museum of Scotland purchase of a rug designed by John Bevan Ford
/ Works selected for heads of state and royalty, including: Pope John Paul II, the late Rajiv Gandhi, HRH Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Baudouin of Belgium, President Bill Clinton and the President of Turkey
/ Commissioned by Peter Jackson’s film company to create all the rugs used on Lord of the Rings film trilogy
/ Collaborations with leading fine artists including Ralph Hotere, Richard Killeen, Dick Frizell, John Reynolds
/ A commission for Government House Wellington which included carpets and rugs designed by artists Gavin Chilcott, Andrew McLeod, Tim Main and John Bevan Ford, in association with Athfield Architects
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