Vartan in Italy, a city that provides endless artistic inspiration
Artist and textile designer Tania Vartan creates strikingly accurate trompe l’oeil prints that originate in nature. She got her start in fashion and was soon creating decorative murals for Mark Hampton. She continued to grow receiving commissions from esteemed interior designers. This background in fashion, design and painting made a foray into textile design a logical next step, and her lifelike versions of natural materials are well suited to upholstery and walls. Whether she is taking on malachite or rattan, her goal is the same, to create a beautiful rendition of what nature provides. Her most recent collection was inspired by rattan, a “casual chic” woven material as Vartan puts it, commonly used in outdoor furniture. Capturing the high and low variations in the textural surface, she has created a highly realistic version, taking it further in playful brights. She also included a punched-up coordinating Basket Weave print, and added colorful accents. When selecting the colors for the collection, she shared, ” I think this collection is more European… odd colors like lime and coral and brown together. Then we must have grey and tan in the Rattan Collection as these neutrals are not only very popular, they are very chic. The 4th color group is cool and summery in willow green, white and aqua.” Take a look at Vartan’s textural textiles that bring nature home. Printed in the UK and US, her designs can be found at the Savel Showroom in New York, Bradley in Atlanta and Chicago, and Ken Kehoe in Houston.