Soranyi Soliver explores Dominican creativity through new rug brand Sosomo

International Women's Day 2022: Dominican-born creative Soranyi Soliver launched Sosomo, a rug company now presenting its first creative collaboration with designer Karim Rashid

colourful rug by Karim Rashid
‘Likuid’ rug, by Karim Rashid for Dominican brand Sosomo
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Dominican Republic native Soranyi Soliver launched her rug brand Sosomo in 2020, transforming her passion for colour and form into contemporary colourful rugs made by craftsmen locally. Focusing on ‘transmitting sensations’, Soliver’s debut collections feature abstract, colourful compositions, and shapes that range from traditional geometries to more organic forms. Balanced and harmonious, Sosomo rugs feature palettes inspired by the Caribbean and, according to Soliver, combine ‘experimentation, risk, creativity, fun and a bit of madness’.

Sosomo: Dominican creativity through rug weaving

Portrait of Soraniy Soliver on a rug

A portrait of Sosomo founder Soranyi Soliver with the ‘Likuid’ rug by Karim Rashid 

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The brand’s first collaborative collection includes pieces by New York-based designer Karim Rashid. The series includes two colourful rugs that merge Sosomo’s penchant for bright chromatic compositions and forms, and Rashid’s sinuous geometries and bold colour choices.

A ‘blobular formed rug’, ‘Ikona’ features an undulated edge framed in blue and purple, with an abstract composition at the centre. Its design contains, says Rashid, his five favourite icons: ‘time, body, love, fluid, and blobism’.

More traditionally shaped, ‘Likuid’ is a square white rug featuring different pile heights (an artisanal detail that Sosomo includes in many of its rugs). Featuring Rashid’s preferred colour palette, the rug is defined by a pattern reminiscent of the 1960s, with shapes in red, orange, yellow, light blue and purple. ‘The amorphous, intertwining forms create a liquid-like, fluid pattern that speaks of softness, minimal yet sensual and warm for any interior,’ says the designer.

colourful Ikona rug by Karim Rashid for Sosomo rugs

Detail of ‘Ikona’ rug, by Karim Rashid for Sosomo

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The handmade quality of these designs brings Rashid’s touch to a different dimension, compared to the sleek, digitally developed forms of much of his design work. 

With this collection, notes Soliver, Sosomo takes its first step into the international design world, bringing Dominican creativity and craft to a wider global audience. 

Ikona rug by Karim Rashid for Sosomo rugs

Ikona rug, by Karim Rashid for Sosomo

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.