About the project
At the beginning of the 20th century, experts suggest there may have been 100,000 tigers in the wild. Today, the global population has shrunk by over 95 per cent, with approximately 3,900 tigers remaining in the wild – the shocking legacy of threats include rampant poaching and habitat loss.
Tomorrow’s Tigers is a major new fundraising project, devised and curated by Artwise, featuring specially commissioned, limited edition art rugs by 11 internationally-renowned artists.
The project aims to raise awareness and funds in support of the Tx2 goal – a global commitment to double tiger numbers in the wild by 2022, the next Chinese year of the tiger. WWF has been at the forefront of Tx2, driving ambitious and innovative conservation plans that aim to turn back the decline of tigers in the wild.
Taking inspiration from the fabled Tibetan Tiger Rug, as well as the splendour of tigers in the wild, each artist has been invited to design a rug in response.
‘We can’t let tigers become the stuff of myth and fairy tale. These majestic animals must remain to remind us of the magic inherent in reality.’ – Gary Hume
Artists commissioned to make Rugs for Tomorrow’s Tigers:
- Francesco Clemente
- Bernard Frize
- Ellen Gallagher
- Gary Hume
- Reena Saini Kallat
- Anish Kapoor
- Maya Lin
- Harland Miller
- Raqib Shaw
- Kiki Smith
- Rose Wylie
Each of our artists' specially commissioned, limited edition designs have been fabricated by rug-specialist, Christopher Farr and their team of master craftsmen using a range of traditional techniques. Created by hand in the hills of Northern India, each rug is unique, just like the exquisite original artist designs. Incorporating innovative and bespoke weaving techniques with specialist hand dying and the finest natural wools and silks, these spectacular rugs push the boundaries of the art-form to meet the vision of each participating artist. On the reverse of each rug will be a label indicating the edition number (from 10) signed and dated by the artist.
The integrity of our fabrication process is incredibly important to the creation of each rug. All the wool is sourced directly from local wool markets as fleece and spun by hand in local facilities. Wherever possible natural dyes have been used and where the colours can not be obtained using natural dyes, only top quality CIBA dyes have been used that are AZO free using a wastewater treatment plant and air filter system for the prevention of emissions during the heating/energy production process. Christopher Farr is an active member of Care&Fair: an organisation based in India dedicated to the elimination of child labour in the rug industry and the education of children in weaving areas.
Each rug will be hand made to order, please allow three to six months fabrication time.
With only 10 editions of each design being produced, we anticipate the rugs will be highly sought after.
Images of the completed designs will be available in January 2019.
To pre-order one of these special, limited edition contemporary art rugs or find out more about the project, please contact:
All of the artworks will be on show alongside a selection of antique Tibetan Tiger Rugs at Sotheby’s, London from 29 Jan – 4 Feb 2019 (PV 28 Jan).