The Poldi Pezzoli Museum, the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art, Open Care-Servizi per l’Arte and Carthusia Edizioni have contributed to the creation of the third title in the innovative series dedicated to “stories of talent”, developed by the Cologni Foundation to encourage young people to learn how much beauty, satisfaction and joy can come from choosing a profession in the world of artistic crafts.
“Il Giardino del Paradiso” was published to celebrate the exhibition to the public of Poldi Pezzoli Museum’s newly restored Persian rug known by the name of “Tiger” carpet (Iran, ca. 1565). Open Care, which carried out the restoration in its Milan workshop, funded the works with the generous support of the Bruschettini Foundation for Islamic and Asian Art.
In this adventurous and poetic story, Emanuela Nava, experienced author of numerous children’s books, introduces readers to the ancient “Tiger” carpet, and sets the love story of Dario and Mina inside its wonderful drawings. Patrizia La Porta effectively and beautifully illustrated the book.
The “Storietalentuose” series is printed in an innovative format patented by Carthusia. A 24-page cardboard foldout that can be read like a picture book on one side, while the other side is entirely dedicated to a single great illustration. It also provides in-depth information not only on the “Tiger” carpet but also on the history of carpets, evocative and symbolic works of art that have accompanied humanity since ancient times.
The series is targeted to boys and girls, their families and teachers. In school and at home, this book will be a useful tool to help them find their way in the world of artistic crafts.