Paris-based artist Marcel Zelmanovitch founded Diurne in 1982 with the original desire to translate his paintings into rich woven mediums. The meticulously hand-woven rugs and tapestries collection has since expanded to a series of fine silk and wool rugs by guest artists as well as made-to-order bespoke rugs. Since its inception, Diurne has drawn inspiration both from historic and contemporary visual arts as well as the extensive hand-knotted rugs crafts legacy.
For over forty years, Zelmanovitch has shown relentless commitment to his team of master rug weavers in India and Nepal, and the time-honored techniques they use for the Diurne collection with the intent to help preserve the traditional weaving practices and the centuries-old legacies they represent. Each rug results from a subsequent series of detailed traditions; the hand-selected wool, silk, linen and mohair fibers are hand-spun, then hand-knotted and woven by the Diurne artisans. Today Zelmanovitch collaborates with contemporary designers including Mattia Bonetti, Raphael Navot, Marie Bastide, and Luc Deflandre, presenting one-of-a-kind and limited edition rugs alongside his own creations.