Paper Thread: Kowary Carpet Factory

Paper Thread engages with the history of the Kowary Carpet Factory, situated at the base of the Karkonosze Mountains in south-western Poland. After upgrading its production methods in the 1960s, the factory grew to an impressive enterprise that employed over 3000 workers, exporting woven carpets worldwide. The carpet patterns were first meticulously hand-painted on paper by a team of female designers, and then used to program the weaving machines. In 2009 the factory closed its doors, leaving behind little of its impressive library of designs.

Using the risograph printer as a reproduction tool, Radek Górniak transforms one of the remaining pattern papers, and collects what remains of the worker’s legacy in a publication.