Recycling, waste diversion, repurposing, upcycling, and the like are all great buzzwords to describe the noble cause long ago embodied in the proverbial phrase ‘waste not, want not.’ While the idea is far from new, the wealth – and occasional excesses of the west – has far removed us from what is an ordinary and necessary way of life for much of the world, including for those in countries that produce the carpets we so love, as well as for those less fortunate closer to home. It’s not even solely a matter of economics, but also one of respect for the resources and materials we as humans choose to consume. If we are to take from the planet, should we not offer it a degree of respect in return? Jürgen Dahlmanns from Rug Star says ‘Yes we should!’ by producing one-of-a-kind versions of his firm’s carpets in their ‘eco’ execution, which utilizes surplus yarns from their ordinary production to create these extraordinarily unique versions. As such, I just could not pass up showing you this amazing one-of-a-kind version of Rug Star by Jürgen Dahlmanns’ ‘Heart’, because love is love whether it is for me, or you, our fellow man, or for mother earth.
‘Heart’ was designed by Daniil Tanygin as part of his ‘Meine drei Sachen‘ – ‘My Three Things’ in english – graduation project in collaboration with Rug Star and won the 2015 Carpet Design Award for Best Modern Design Deluxe at Domotex with his original version of ‘Heart’. Tanygin is a Product Designer who was named to Wallpaper* Magazine’s ‘Graduate Directory 2015‘, a hand-picked selection of ‘The hottest young talents from the fields of design, fashion, architecture and more…’ for his Ninety | Fourteen Rugs.
Whether you enjoy the technical aspects of these carpets, each made with a fifty percent each mix of waste diverted Tibetan wool and Chinese silk, Tibetan knotted in Nepal, or you enjoy the intriguing beauty of irregularity juxtaposed within the angular confines of the design, it’s easy to appreciate the message of heart, of mutual love and respect, embodied in the design.