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La Manufacture Cogolin
Contemporary rugs full of spirit.
LA MANUFACTURE COGOLIN IS PART OF FRENCH HERITAGE THANKS TO ITS EXPERTISE IN WOVEN, KNOTTED AND SIGNED RUGS. THANKS TO ITS ACQUISITION IN 2010 BY THE HOUSE OF TAI PING, THE COMPANY BASED IN THE VAR REGION, HAS MADE A COMEBACK.
Appointed as Managing Director of La Manufacture Cogolin in 2014, Sarah Henry, from Alaska, has a dual training: interior architecture and French literature. Having joined Tai Ping in 2007, ﬁrst in New York and then in France managing the Tai Ping Operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, a position she held until 2013, this creative artist, who has a passion for beautiful things, has contributed to the brand’s growth by developing numerous products. Highly involved since La Manufacture Cogolin ﬁrst joined the House of Tai Ping in 2010 and in its revival, she naturally took up the reins two years ago, while Jean-Pierre Tortil was appointed Creative Director of the House of Tai Ping. Now present in Paris with a beautiful showroom rue des Saints-Pères, La Manufacture Cogolin was founded in 1924 in the eponymous village, close to Saint-Tropez. The story really begins in 1928, when textile engineer Jean Lauer bought the company, which at the time was specialised in breeding silkworms and producing hand-knotted rugs. He introduced Jacquard looms and imported knotting and weaving techniques, allowing a multitude of ﬁnishes. A visionary, he collaborated with artists and renowned designers including Jules Leleu, Jean-Michel Franck, Christian Bérard, David Hicks, Jean Cocteau ... As a result, in the nineteenthirties, the Manufacture had already become a reference for its bespoke rugs that furnish Versailles Castle, the Elysée, the ﬁnest French liners... La Manufacture Cogolin experienced an equally spectacular boom from 2010. The takeover by the group House of Tai Ping allowed for a reorganisation: the restoration of looms, reworked colour palettes, new materials, more contemporary collections... Beyond woven rugs (65 patterns, more than 200 colours, 10 to 15 weeks delivery time and prices starting from 700 Euros m2 for a ﬂat weave), the hand-knotted technique made its comeback with the Cogolin et les Mains du Monde Collection, which, thanks to specially trained Nepalese workshops, made it possible to bring the designs back out of the archives. True to tradition, La Manufacture Cogolin continues it collaboration with artists and designers. After Jardin intérieur by India Mahdavi, a new collaboration with the architect Charles Zana revisits the traditional designs with geometric variations and colour gradients. The challenge: modernise the Manufacture’s original drawings by reworking and making new variations of them. With a worldwide presence through distributors and agents, La Manufacture Cogolin continues its adventure with talent and elegance. Inspired by its rich past while looking to the future, the passionate Sarah Henry wants to allow the Manufacture to take a resolutely ambitious positioning.
38 Magazine Émile Garcin