The Ndebele rugs are inspired by the culture of the African Ndebele people, known for their colorful facades. These are traditionally painted by women, who paint and decorate their houses with murals of geometric motifs and bright colors. The Ndebele kilims of ethnic style and contemporary language playfully combine intense tones and rotund designs with the geometry of their strokes. A graphic reading of ethnic roots reinterpreted into a more modern look.
Sandra Figuerola was a student of the Fine Arts from the San Carlos Art School in Valencia. In 1984, she founded La Nave design studio alongside 10 other partners, where their style was deeply rooted in the Valencian age. After La Nave disbanded in 1991, Figuerola went on to set up El Almudín in 2010 with six other partners. She works on a wide array of projects on an international scale, beyond Spain. Her tastes for design is largely rooted in cultural influences, often dwelving into the contemporary languages of music, dance, fine arts and theatre. Figuerola's prominence as a designer is recognised in her participation in pedegogy in San Carlos Faculty of Fine Arts, features in publications and magazines, as well as in exhibitions worldwide including Perspectives of Spanish Design, Design Museum, London (1990). 20 Dissenyadors Valencians, IVAM (1994). Diseño Industrial en España, Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Centre (1998). Contemporánea, Espai d’Art Contemporani de Catellón. (1999). Signos del Siglo, Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Centre (2000). Pasión. Spanish Design, Berlín (2002). Sin Límites, Palacio de Sástago. Zaragoza (2003). D’Après. Versiones, ironías y divertimentos, MUVIM (2005). Suma y sigue, MUVIM (2009).