Carraro Chabarik is a project centered on mosaic art. It is a contemporary artisan workshop that combines creative thinking and manufacturing skills. The laboratory is located in the historic center of Udine; we work on both the conception and the composition of the mosaics;, we develop artistic research works in dialogue with clients; a line of jewels with precious mosaic inserts; furnishing elements and architectural projects, such as wall and floor coverings... all our products are born from the tradition of high craftsmanship, re-interpreted to achieve very modern results.
What is your story? How was Carraro Chabarik born?
The project was born from the initiative of Mohamed Chabarik in 2006, and since 2010 it is an expression of the working and personal partnership with Laura Carraro: we both graduated from the Mosaic School of Friuli in Spilimbergo and we see in mosaic a very contemporary artistic expression, both for its aesthetic and for the idea it evokes, evoking union, composition and construction. Over the years, the professional mosaic artists Eleonora Zannier and Ilaria Nonino have joined the staff as permanent collaborators
Often the initial spark is given by nature and its forms.
The works made with stones always move us, because they make us rethink about the history of the mosaic in our land, the gestures of many mosaic artists who have bent over the banks of the rivers to carefully select these wonders of nature.
Where do you draw inspiration from, for your works?
Often the initial spark is given by nature and its forms. In general, everything that happens in daily life and that surrounds us is turned into food for thought and becomes part of our work.
What does innovation mean to you? Would you define your pieces as innovative?
Innovation can also be conveyed by experimenting with new materials, not necessarily related to mosaic. In our vision, however, innovation lies above all in the aesthetic choices, in the way in which technical knowledge is applied. Mosaics are known to be a very ancient technique, but application and taste are contemporary.
Is there a moment that you remember with particular emotion?
Every time a work is designed, studied for specific customers and places; every time a dialogue is built with the clients; every time the work is installed, it is an emotion. Seeing that the finished work actually corresponds to the initial intuition and captures the spirit of the project gives us profound joy.
What is the most extravagant work so far realized?
One of the most particular works we have created was a mosaic displayed along three walls, without a frame or a geometric shape to enclose it: it develops freely, from the intertwining of letters that make up the word "know" in various languages. It was a great design and technical challenge.
Is there a work you are particularly attached to, and why?
A series of works entitled "Awakening": made with stones coming from different rivers of the Friuli region, from the sharp mountain ones to the more rounded ones, worked by the water downstream. The works made with stones always move us, because they make us rethink about the history of the mosaic in our land, the gestures of many mosaic artists who have bent over the banks of the rivers to carefully select these wonders of nature.
What is creativity for you? How do you express it in your profession?
It is as if we had to act in the future: the stronger our ability to imagine, the more likely it is to find new ways to do and to realize what we have imagined. It is necessary to look at the materials from an unusual point of view, unrelated to production alone, whether they are glass, stones or a piece of wood.