Finishing a product, especially when it comes to textiles, is often seen as a quest for perfection. Not so for Aditya Burman, a 59-year-old artisan who individually clips, shears, and sculpts a rug’s surface after it comes off the loom. “My job is not to make the rug perfect,” explains Aditya. “My job is to make it beautiful. Sometimes, those are not the same thing.”
To achieve this prized aesthetic, Aditya first scans the rug for the inevitable loose threads. After snipping them one-by-one, his job becomes more nuanced, more involved, more individualistic. For certain collections, like Elixir, he hand-sculpts the surface, which accentuates the pattern with contrasting high and low textures. For other collections, like Lucid, he oxidizes the rug, distressing the design to a point where it’s nearly gone. A faded permeation of use and love; an individuality that makes each piece ours and ours alone.
Aditya must rely on his intuition and experience, both of which are highly developed after over three decades in the industry, curating and ultimately creating uniqueness. Like his work, Aditya is a true original, and one-of-a-kind.