by stéphanie Mercier



TECHNIQUE Hand tufted

SIZE 100 x 150 cm




hand tufted

The hand tufting technique is a process combining centuries-old skills and modern weaving tools. The canvas is perfectly stretched over an upright loom and the craftsperson transfers by hand the future design of the rug with the utmost precision. Threads are inserted manually, one by one, working with a gun on the back of the canvas, following the colours, the drawing and the different tuft heights. PINTON was one of the first manufactories to use the gun tufting technique to produce some of its rugs and carpets and is the only French workshop offering very high quality tufted rugs. With this technique, production times are reduced compared to the knotted stitch weave or point noué. Finally, hand tufting offers a large range of possible depths. Carving is the technique that consists in sculpting the wool and creating textures within the woven rug. Since the early 1990s, PINTON has been specialising in the production of hand tufted rugs for which it also collaborates with famous designers and artists.


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.


Stéphanie Mercier lives and works in Paris. After graduating from the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs of Paris with a specialisation in printed images, she became a freelance illustrator and developed a dreamy and very personal universe in graphic novels where she takes centre stage: Tous les jours la grande chose (2009), Créature hormonale (2012) with Editions Piktos and La tristesse du bulbe rachidien (2017). She illustrated magazine articles for Néon, Ça m’intéresse, etc. She also designed several film posters and since 2010 has been teaching drawing and illustration at the Prép’art school. Her work on teenagers, SEUM, in collaboration with photographer Véronique Augry, was exhibited in the Loo&Lou Gallery in Paris and resulted in an eponymous book. She created a series of drawings for children, Enfances, for Atelier Autonome du Livre in Mosset, in the Pyrenees, where her work was exhibited after she took an artist’s residency.

The collection of children’s rugs imagined by Stéphanie Mercier for PINTON includes a rug titled Chouette (owl) after the animal it portrays. For this piece, Stéphanie Mercier suggested weaving phosphorescent threads with the wool. Typical of her delicate and magical vision, this rug invites daydreaming.