Kristiina Lassus

Kristiina Lassus is an interior architect and designer of international renown.

Born in Finland in 1966, Kristiina graduated from the University of Industrial Arts of Helsinki (UIAH) with a Master of Arts (MA) in Design Leadership in 1992. This was followed by postgraduate studies in product development at the Helsinki University of Technology in 1993, and her second MA in Interior Architecture and Furniture Design from the UIAH in 1995.

After working in renowned interior architecture agencies in Finland and Australia she moved to Italy in 1997. She developed her first product designs for the Italian design firms Alessi, Poltronova and Zanotta.

In 2004 she founded Kristiina Lassus Studio. The Studio provides consultancy services in art direction and product design. In 2007 she registered her own trademark and introduced the Rugs Kristiina Lassus, a collection of high end hand knotted rugs. In her dual role of entrepreneur and designer she personally looks after the development and the production of each piece.

Lassus has won several international awards such as two Red Dot Awards and a Green Good Award. She has been chair of several design jurys including Fennia Prize, IF Design Award, Core Design Award and Red Dot Award.

Rugs Kristiina Lassus

Extensive elegance is the common factor for the diverse collection. The rug collection features a graceful and discreet design that is rich in personality.

The rug collection by Kristiina Lassus is inspired by travel, distant cultures, and a love for materials, colour, and nature. From a passion for ancient traditional handicraft with a modern insight, the rugs are designed to furnish contemporary spaces, whether modern or classic, in the city or the country, conceived for people who appreciate special quality and beauty, even under their feet.

Kristiina Lassus rugs are crafted in 100-knot-per-square-inch quality, with some available in 80, and have a low pile height. The ancient technique of hand knotting is prized for its quality and durability. Rugs made with this technique last for decades.

Our Studio – Showroom in central Milan can be visited by appointment, please see contact details here.

Tibetan knot

Each phase of the production is hand made according to a traditional expertise brought to Nepal by the Tibetan refugees who settled there in the 1960’s. The wool used for these rugs comes from the Himalayan mountains, from plains at 3000 m altitude. This wool is appreciated for its strength and softness and has a unique, easily recognizable appearance and texture. The yarn is hand spun and hand dyed, which gives the rugs beautiful subtle variations in colour and texture.

The materials employed in the rugs are Tibetan wool, silk, natural linen, natural hemp, nettle and bamboo silk.
The wool is spun and dyed by hand, which gives the rugs beautiful subtle variations in colour and texture. Every small step in the production stage leads to a precious outcome rich in nuances, steeped in history and customs handed down through generations. Each piece is unique and original.

Carpets made of this material turn even more beautiful with the passing years, as the lustre of the yarn increases with time and usage, emphasising the character and colours of the material.

KRISTIINA LASSUS rugs are made in 100 knot quality and the pile height is 4 – 5 mm.

The rugs are produced in limited series and are available by order.

No child labour has been used in the creation of these carpets (Label Step certificate).

Preventive Maintenance

A hand-knotted rug lasts for decades when properly taken care of.

Regular vacuum cleaning is usually all that is needed. They do not need frequent washing.

In addition, it is recommended that the rug be occasionally rotated to ensure that it wears evenly. Protect it from direct sunlight, and from detergents and chemicals used for floor cleaning.

Washing

It is very important that you have your rug washed professionally by a company that specialises in washing hand-knotted carpets, both modern and antique.

Look for the best companies as the methods and equipment vary from one to another. Ask for references. If there is a dealer of fine hand-knotted or oriental rugs in your area, inquire as to which cleaner they recommend to their customers. Professional centres often offer pick up and deliver services as well.

Recommended Washing Instructions:

Woolen and wool-silk/bamboo silk mix rugs (KL101, KL107, KL107B, KL107X, KL108): horizontal cleaning with water at a maximum temperature of 30° C, mild detergent, tube-centrifuge only, no tumble drying.

Linen and linen mix rugs (KL103, KL104WL, KL106, KL106B): dry clean only, no tumble drying.

Stain Removal

Remove liquid spills with a paper towel or clean cloth. Remove solid spills with a spoon. Dilute the remaining stain with some water. Blot up as much as possible, starting from the edge and working your way towards the centre. Do not rub.

For stubborn stains, use a carpet cleaning stain remover intended for that particular type of stain, always testing the intended cleaning solution on a less visible spot of the carpet first. Apply cleaning solution directly to the stain. Allow it to stand for ten seconds, and then blot gently with a clean white absorbent cloth, do not wipe or rub. Avoid getting the carpet too wet. When dry, gently brush to restore the pile.

More permanent stains must be removed with the help of a professional carpet cleaner.

Storing

It is important that the carpet is completely dry when stored away. Roll it with the pile facing inside, and store in a cool and dry place, protected from dust, insects and humidity.

If the carpet is stored for an extended period, air it at least once a year and apply moth repellent. Do not bend the roll nor place a heavy weight on it as this may leave marks on carpet.

We recommend the following carpet care centres:

Milano, Italia: www.ebe.it

Note

Since the wool is hand-carded and spun, its characteristics differ from one part to another resulting in a variety of different thicknesses, colours, shades and twists. This is what makes the final result so special and beautiful.

At times, some part of the yarn may be more twisted than another part and results more curled down into the pile. When used, this twist may slowly start opening and as the yarn straightens itself it will become longer than the rest of the pile. If this should happen, simply cut the yarn carefully to the level of the others.

Some pile shedding is likely to happen when the carpet is new. This is a normal characteristic of a pile carpet.

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