By Markian


Modern, luxurious and visually intriguing: exactly what you can expect from Markian.

Tadao is inspired by the motif in an abstract manner with soft, round curves echoing the Vieira scallop.

Made from tretford® (Mongolian cashmere goat hair), Tadao is soft and durable.

Customise Tadao to suit your space with your choice of Markian's nine colourways, designed to delight your senses and enliven your space.

About the Collaboration

Tretford Rugs by Markian are handcrafted and manufactured in Brisbane, Australia by joining colours from the Tretford ROLL carpet to create custom pieces. 

Tretford carpet has exceptionally clean, elegant lines due to its unique construction using cashmere goat hair. 

The natural properties of Tretford Rugs actively reduce airborne dust and allergens, promote energy-saving, and facilitate excellent indoor acoustics. 

From the company’s foundation in the mid-1950s, Tretford’s focus has been utilising natural and renewable resources – which in today’s terminology means  using sustainable raw materials. 

Produced in Germany and Ireland for over 50 years, Tretford carpets positively contribute to healthy living and working environments. This is largely due to its unique feature, Cashmere goat hair from the highlands of Inner and Outer Mongolia. 

Tretford Roll & INTERLIFE Tile largely consist of this long top hair of the Cashmere goat, and also other renewable and recycled raw materials, for example, jute in Roll format, and 80% recycled polyester felt in INTERLIFE tile backing. 

This unique construction – with its distinctive structural corded look and proven quality – has established Tretford as a much-loved brand around the world.

The Tretford Rugs by Markian range is an extension of the range motif and carries with it the playfulness of colour combinations, the stark graphic delineations that separate but join and the shapes that combine it all together.

Materials & Care

100% tretford® (Mongolian cashmere goat hair)

Specification - PDF
Care & Maintenance Guide
Tretford® Colour Guide


3500mm x 2000mm

Lead Times

 6-8 weeks depending on volume of order.


“People tend not to use this word beauty because it's not intellectual - but there has to be an overlap between beauty and intellect.” - Tadao Ando.

Tadao Ando, a self-taught Japanese architect, was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1941. Ando grew up with his great-grandmother, working as a boxer and fighter before settling on the profession as an architect.

Struck by the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Imperial Hotelon a trip to Tokyo as a second-year high school student, he eventually decided to end his boxing career less than two years after graduating from high school to pursue architecture. He attended night classes to learn drawing and took correspondence courses on interior design.[5] He visited buildings designed by renowned architects like Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Louis Kahn before returning to Osaka in 1968 to establish his own design studio, Tadao Ando Architects and Associates.

Strongly influenced by the Japanese religion and style of life, Ando's architectural style is said to create a "haiku" effect, emphasising nothingness and empty space to represent the beauty of simplicity. He favours designing complex spatial circulation while maintaining the appearance of simplicity. The simplicity of his architecture emphasises the concept of sensation and physical experiences, mainly influenced by Japanese culture and the religious term Zen. Zen influences vividly show in Ando's work and became its distinguishing mark. In order to practice the idea of simplicity, Ando's architecture is mainly constructed with concrete, providing a sense of cleanliness and weightlessness (even though concrete is a heavy material) at the same time.

Tadao Ando is the only architect to have won the discipline’s four most prestigious prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize— so it’s not hard to understand why he is considered one of the greatest names in contemporary architecture. His designs include award-winning private homes, offices, churches, museums, apartment complexes, and cultural spaces throughout Japan, France, Italy, Spain, and the USA. Some of his most famous landmarks include the Church of Light in Osaka, the Water Temple on Awaji Island, the Azuma House, the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, and the Punta della Dogana in Venice.