Elliot Chang

Re Rag Rug Creates Gorgeous Handmade Rugs From Recycled Thrift Store Sweaters

by , 03/29/13

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Re Rag Rug is an experimental design and crafts project initiated in August 2012 by designers Katarina Brieditis and Katarina Evans in Stockholm, Sweden. Their goal is to develop one unique rag rug each month for a full year using different types of recycled materials and a variety of techniques ranging from sewing to plaiting, crocheting, knitting, macramé, rolling, cutting, applique, and embroidery. The designers’ goal is to work in a free and experimental manner to create innovative rugs – the fact that they’re made out of recycled materials is an added bonus.

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The Re Rag Rug project repurposes materials that are generally considered worthless – t-shirts and woolen sweaters from the Salvation Army chain of second-hand stores. These stores donate waste material that cannot be sold or donated to charity – including sweaters that are too worn, ripped or shrunk. T-shirts and sweaters are products that are mass-produced for global consumption – people all over the world buy them, use them, and discard them. If we can find new ways of using and refining materials, this waste becomes a resource.

Rugs protect feet from cold floors and drafts, and they have a major impact on the acoustics of a room. They also gather groups of furniture in a space and serve as aesthetic anchors for rooms. Rugs should be able to withstand being stood upon, walked over, and crawled on, and they are important bearers of culture for many people. Evans and Brieditis hope show that working with “worthless” materials in a creative and practical manner can yield valuable, excellently designed products.

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2 Comments

  1. msyin April 4, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Our ideas about what is waste and what we do about it are becoming much broader, more creative and naturally inclusive. The more we look at everything as something that can be transformed, reused, rethought, it expands our possibilities and expands our views on what is even possible. I hate throwing out worn out clothes that are not good enough to be donated and would love recycling centers and municipalities to offer material recycling so that this resource stops going into landfills but can instead be transformed into something else that may be a combination of beauty and utility.

  2. VictoriaH April 3, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Those rugs look like work of art! And the fact they’re made of “useless” materials is even more amazing. Definitely makes me think twice before throwing something out.

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    Victoria Harrold
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