‘Enginar’ is actually the Turkish word for ‘artichoke’ which of course is the inspiration behind this design. It also conveniently begins with the letter ‘e’ – like (almost) all of Esti’s designs. However, the artichokes in question are Italian rather than Turkish and they were snapped on a rainy Spring morning, piled high on a market stall, during a walkabout in Rome.
The shiny purple green leaves with their scalloped edges struck just the right balance between symmetry and nature’s irregularity. But rather than use the shapes, block print fashion across the entire face of the carpet, Esti chose to emphasise the pleasing three-dimensionality of the market stall display and also capture the slightly damp conditions of when the
photograph was taken. Hence, the artichokes are picked out in silk to allow them to reflect luminously and fade back into the muted jade green background. ‘Enginar’ is a good example of Esti’s fondness for natural shapes and colours and the homely simplicity of the design belies the extreme precision with which it is executed.