Re Rag Rug – An experimental design project

16 October 2013 27 October 2013

Roof top floor, Färgfabriken

Designers: Katarina Brieditis and Katarina Evans

Re Rag Rug is an experimental and innovative design project where designers Katarina Brieditis and Katarina Evans develop and re-invent the rag rug by using textile techniques in i a new context which explores social and ecological sustainability.

During twelve months they are creating twelve unique rugs in twelve different techniques. The material is discarded clothes and waste from the textile industry. By viewing waste and excess as a resource they try to find methods of refining it to quality rugs. The goal of the project is to find interesting techniques suitable for unique hand-made pieces as well as for sustainable small scale production.

The Swedish rag rug has had the same look since first created. It is commonly woven in a plain weave or a twill weave. It can have decorative borders integrated in the design. It is often narrow and long, used in corridors/walk ways i a room. In their pursuit to find new designs and qualities for rugs they do not use a loom. Instead the material is combined with a variety of sewing, plaiting, crocheting, knitting, macramé, rolling, cutting, applique, embroidery, structure and relief effects, three dimensionality, colour and dye techniques and experiments with scale.

Re Rag Rug is an example design being a tool when working with sustainability- using form, material and techniques in an innovative and practical manner a seemingly worthless material can be given a larger economic and social value.

The work is in a free and experimental manner and can be followed through the blog.