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%, with around 3,900 tigers remaining in the wild – the shocking legacy of threats that 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 10 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
- 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 dyeing 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.
The Royal Academy of Art
Tomorrow’s Tigers is currently on show in the Academicians’ Room in the Keeper’s House, the Royal Academy of Art’s private members club.
If you would like to see the display, please request a day pass by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the Membership Desk in Burlington House entrance hall.
With only 10 editions of each design being produced, we anticipate the rugs will be highly sought after.
The completed rugs are available to view and purchase here.
For enquiries about the contemporary or antique rugs, 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 (private viewing 28 Jan).