The Eco Project
The Eco Project could be described as rugs made from leftovers, but that wouldn’t do these beautiful, unique pieces any justice at all
The Eco Project rugs, by Rug Star, use the 5% of materials – Chinese silk and Tibetan highland wool – left over from the production of hand-knotted Tibetan rugs to create new one-of-a-kind rugs.
These materials were previously bleached (to return them to a unified colour) and sold off for lower-grade products.
Designer, Jürgen Dalhmanns, now collects these remnants and creates rugs featuring the myriad colours that represent the rugs from which they have been borrowed.
“As a designer and producer in Nepal,” Jürgen explains, “I am responsible, not only for working conditions and welfare of my weavers but also for the value of the raw materials that we are using.”
No rug is the same as another, but there’s the possibility of having a rug made that reflects colours you desire (such as purples, or light or dark).
In Sydney and Melbourne, you can check out some of the rugs at Cadrys.