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by Pierre Gonalons

MATERIALS Wool, Polyamide


SIZE a choice





Wool is an animal fibre, most often derived from sheep fleece. Wool was already being spun as early as 5,000 BC. In Roman times, wool, leather and linen were the main materials used to make clothes. With the progressive development of mechanical processes and the evolution of breeding techniques, wool became the economic lung of several countries in the Xth century, and again in the XIIth. Renowned for its thermal and sound insulation properties, wool also offers the advantage of absorbing moisture. It is a noble and timeless material, used from time immemorial for its strength and durability. PINTON uses local wool with shorter carded fibres, which make it fluffier and give it more volume, or a specific type of wool from New-Zealand with long combed fibres that are more resistant to heavy traffic. Both types of wool are spun (carded or combed) and dyed in the spinning plant located in Felletin. Whether they are made in 100% pure virgin wool or blended with other materials like linen, silk, bamboo, leather or many others, PINTON wool rugs and carpets bring comfort and quality.


The polyamide used in the textile industry is better known as nylon. Nylon was first developed in 1935 by employees of the Dupont de Nemours company. The origins of the name are shrouded in mystery: for some, it comes from the contraction of New-York and LONdon, for others it is made up of the initials of the surnames of the inventors’ wives. It is also said to derive from no run, meaning that it doesn’t ladder. Nylon is produced through a staged polymerisation process. The polymer is melted before being spun. Stretched into extremely thin filaments, the fibre becomes very resistant when dry. Nylon rose to fame in the United States and in Europe with nylon stockings, highly praised for their resistance, flexibility and stretchability! Last but not least, this fibre has yet another quality: it is waterproof and dries rapidly. Because of these exceptional properties, PINTON combines nylon with wool in its staircase rugs and carpets to make their pile more robust, allowing them to withstand heavy traffic while maintaining a natural, high quality, comfortable finish.

Pierre Gonalons

Pierre Gonalons was born in Lyon and he became interested in Art History and the wealth of French heritage at a very young age. After graduating from the École Camondo in Paris, he opened his own studio at the age of 23. Through his creations for prestigious brands as well as for his own collections, he imposed his unique style and idea of space. Interior architect, designer, creative director and scenographer, he is fascinated by craftsmanship and traditional materials. Pierre Gonalons offers a minimalist approach to design imbued with references to pop culture and decorative arts.
In this collaboration with PINTON, Pierre Gonalons here again placed history at the heart of his work. First of all, his own story, which marks his creative work, then the story of each person, which influences our way of looking at a work, and finally, the history of arts, inherent to the choice of simple circles and squares, the former symbolising life, the latter, perfection. These shapes, side by side, and that even sometimes merge, evoke the idea of an encounter: the encounter between the artist and his work, between the work and those who contemplate it, between Pierre Gonalons and the Atelier PINTON!