The recent welcome news that Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke will reprise their roles for a sequel to Richard Linklater’s film Before Sunset – itself a ten years on sequel to his film Before Sunrise – got your scribe thinking again about the new rug collection of Vera Za’arour, which COVER brought to our readers last week.

Za’arour’s 100% New Zealand wool blend rug Sunrise captures those brief moments when the emerging sun seems a magical goblet of gold spilling endless possibilities for the new day. Small wonder Linklater used the liminal thresholds of sunrise and sunset – zones of promise and potential – for his movie titles (although it does raise the question what atmospheric zone will he use for the third film title?).

Limitless artists have been inspired by these zones, and Za’arour’s Sunrise rug seems to plunge into the centre of JMW Turner’s circa 1840 watercolour “Venice at Sunrise from the Hotel Europa, with the Campanile of San Marco” – to emerge as a glorious interpretation of Turner’s umber, gold, and blazing red Venice dawn. We know films can lift our spirits and provide hope in times of gloomy economic news, but can rugs? Yes they can. Sunrise fills your scribe with the belief and hope captured in the Linklater franchise, but unlike films, Sunrise can be an ever-present physical comfort and inspiration – part of the scenography of daily life for those fortunate enough to own one. DJ

Sunrise rug by Vera Za’arour. Photograph courtesy Vera Za’arour

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