EMKO is a Lithuaning design brand that has worked with a local textile factor to repurpose its rainbow array of leftovers yarns into a spotted rug, which aims to bring chaotic energy into modern interiors.
Set against a plain brown or blue base, the linen offcuts are used to form blobs of different colours and pile heights, with some merging into the backdrop while others playfully protrude.
Called Chaos, the rug is hand-tufted in the same family-run textile factory, in the town of Panevėžys, where the offcuts are generated in the first place. The rug features multicoloured linen offcuts embedded into a caramel brown base. The colourful blobs have different pile weights to add texture to the rug.
EMKO developed a way to turn the practical limitations of the offcuts, which are available in small quantities of many different colours rather than a large amount of any one colour, into a playful visual language.
This highlights rather than downplays the fact that the rug is made using post-industrial waste materials and aims to start conversations about the need for a more responsible, circular use of resources. The Chaos rug is also available in navy blue.
Although all Chaos rugs are made in the same way, the outcome is slightly different each time, due to the varying availability of the different offcuts. The confetti-like pattern brings some chaos into sterile modern interiors while allowing the weaver a degree of improvisation.
Through the project, EMKO hopes to crank up small-scale, local linen production as well as the cultivation of flax – the plant from which linen is derived. All rugs are hand-tufted in Lithuania. The Chaos Rug is shortlisted for this year’s Dezeen Award in the homeware design category.
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