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WORTH Partnership Project


Carpets with emotional significance


The message of the project

NALBA combines design and craftsmanship to create woollen carpets that tell regional stories. They seek to restore sensibility to their relationship with the product by restoring natural colours and manually weaving emotions into the cloth.


The idea behind the project 

Their collaboration began in 2016, when they worked on site-specific sustainable design. Currently, their partnership shares significant ideals such as creating thoughtfully and with care, while their creative skills are complementary.

Capucine (Robert) works in textile design and craft in France, providing a diverse expertise in textile materials, natural dye processes, and idea conceptualization to the collaboration.

Lavinia (Ghimbasan) is a designer based in Denmark and Romania, with a focus on space, light, and objects for settings that benefit people and the world.

They are both motivated by the ongoing questioning of how they practice and consume design, which is why they place the same importance on the design process as they do on the ultimate output of NALBA.

NALBA is a project inspired by a collective contemplation on how people live, design, and consume, notably in the textile industry. As a result, they are encouraged to slow down operations while developing a collection of handmade carpets. They are continuing to iterate on a systems approach in order to go beyond function and aesthetics in order to achieve shorter material flows and shared value.

Because environmental and social challenges exist in the textile sector, and some textile skills are disappearing, they are persuaded that reestablishing the relationship between material and know-how is critical. They are utilising manually powered methods that are linked to digital forms. Their return to craft fuels our optimism for the future.

Using a bioregional approach, they think it is feasible to create on the ground by immersing ourselves in and being inspired by our local surroundings, in this case, the Transylvanian area of Romania. They are reviving natural colours with local flora and animals in order to visualise our impression of a country on a carpet. This story weaving process allows them to accept and listen to regional forms such as customs, landscapes, and traditions while simultaneously remaining inspired by the universality of these symbol languages and the current moment.


What next?

NALBA's overarching objective is to create with sensibility, devote time, and examine their profession through cooperation and diverse knowledge sharing. They strive to produce one-of-a-kind, yet universal textile products by designing carpets with emotional significance, such as the gift of the soil, animals, plants, and language.




Capucine Robert


Lavinia Ghimbasan