The second motif created for the Viena collection is Peces. This refined design, to suit contemporary tastes, retains the essence of La Cartuja’s craftmanship. It bears the same delicate shapes as those found on the Georgica collection designed by Carmen García Huerta.
Peces features an 1885 design found in the archives of the Sevillian company. The original drawing showed three Japanese carps covered by a net on a seabed. When it was first sketched, this design would have been in line with the exotic trend of some of the company’s most iconic designs, such as those found on the Ceilán motif. People would have loved these motifs, which reminded them of the status of Seville which already stood out as a vibrant commercial port. The design would have conjured up images of distant lands and objects brought back from the colonies, at a time when travel was still very unusual. This context of travel is further strengthened by La Cartuja’s most iconic symbol: the anchor.
Equally, the carp has always been a strong symbol in Asian culture. Referred to as koi in Japanese, the carp is also one of the core elements of Chinese mythology. Legend has it that one of these fish swam upstream the Yellow River, jumped through one of its great waterfalls, and turned into a dragon as a result of its effort. When the design was first drawn in the 19th century, a practice called Nishikigoi (‘living jewels’) also emerged in Japan. Nishikigoi consisted of crossbreeding different species of carps to achieve new colourations. Aside from Asian mythology, it is true that carps, just like salmons, tend to swim against the river flow and never cease to move. Koi have, therefore, become a powerful symbol of perseverance and strong character.
Ana Jarén, who has published her drawings in titles such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Glamour and Yo Dona, is the first collaborator chosen to launch this new line of products.