WARP is the artistic persona of textile designer Mark Hanlon, whose aim is to fuse the realms of digital art and cutting-edge technology with the time-honored craft of traditional rug weaving.
Starting out, his working career was immersed within the digital design industry and spent over 8 years working on creative projects for a number of innovative design agencies, 4 of which were his own studio.
Mark experienced and survived the internet crash of 2002, witnessed the death of Flash, but finally underwent a transformative journey into textiles after discovering the beauty of Persian Carpets back in 2010.
This new found passion led Mark to venture into the world of ultra high-end rugs, establishing the highly reputable Studio Knot with his wife Sinead, a boutique rug design studio, specialising in crafting bespoke pieces for discerning clients and boutique hotels worldwide for now over 12 years.
WARP is Mark's artistic persona that embodies his love for digital art and handwoven rugs, exploring the relationship between pixels and the intricately tied knots of wool that give life to the design of carpets and blankets.
WARP's vision extends beyond technical mastery alone, exploring the depths of modern sub cultures, art, and human passion.
As an artist, WARP is deeply committed to making a positive ecological impact. Sustainability lies at the core of WARP's artistic practice, shaping every aspect of the work, from weaving techniques to packaging methods, striving to reduce the carbon footprint and contribute to a greener world.
Taking proactive measures, such as planting trees to not only offset the CO2 emissions WARP actively contributes to the global fight against climate change, using Ecologi for tree planting and Carbon removal. Check out the link below for more information.
As proud members of Goodweave, WARP is strongly opposed child labour and ensure that all rugs are made by adult artisans who adhere to strict ethical standards.
Through this partnership, WARP supports Goodweave's social programs in India, Nepal, or Afghanistan, which provide educational opportunities, rescue child laborers, and offer critical services to weaving families.
By integrating sustainability into every aspect of our work, WARP strives to create a better future, a commitment that extends beyond craft, nurturing the environment and empowering communities along the way.