the project

We DESIGN and make innovative, 
experimental hand made rugs, 
of materials considered worthless.

Re Rag Rug started in 2012 as an experimental design project which explores the social and ecological sustainability of the rug.

During 12 months we developed 12 unique rugs in 12 different textile techniques. The material is waste and excess from the textile industry and old clothes - fabric that would otherwise be discarded.

By using different types of rags in combination with a variety of sewing, platting, crocheting, knitting, macramé, rolling, cutting, applique, embroidery, structure- and relief effects, three dimensionality, colour- and dyeing techniques, but also experimenting with scales, the we have created 12 new qualities and expressions of rugs.

Re Rag Rug is an example on how design is a way to work with sustainability, and that a seemingly worthless material can be added value. Many of the rugs are made with craft techniques that do not require large spaces or machines and could therefore be manufactured as cottage industry in textile producing countries. Such a production, using waste will be ecologically sustainable and at the same time socially sustainable - as the production becomes a platform for developing crafts and where work is created.

Our work has been off-line and shared on-line. The process is published on and is an open window to our studio.
In the exhibition we present: Tailor, Kasuri, Pepita, Archipelago, Milky Way, Rosengång, Aquarelle, Off Pist, Re Orient, Squeeze, Nomad and Confetti – all with their own story.

A rug is the ultimate textile furniture. Through times it has been on our floors, beds, walls and tables. All over the world rugs protect from cold floors and draft, they have a m ajor impact on the acoustics of a room. They gather groups of furnitures in a s pace, create a room in the room and serve as an aestetic element to a room. Rugs should withstand to be stood, walked and crawled upon and they are important bearers of culture for many people.

The project Re Rag Rug was supported by the Swedish Art Grants Commitee, Konstnärsnämnden

Re Rag Rug showed the first time at Färgfabriken in Stockhom, in October 2013, and is since then traveling. In 2105 we are showing at the Hong Kong DesignInstitute, Textilmuseet in Borås and The Swedish Institute in Paris.

We are looking for new venues to show the exhibition and welcome proposals.

Re Rag Rug Re-produced
Each of the 12 Re Rag Rugs have a story of their own. We would like each one of our 12 original rugs to find a different path in the rich world of textiles, craft, waste and excess and are working on ways to re-produce them.
- Ourselves or in collaboration with partners in the textile industry.

In 2014 we launched Kasuri and Squeeze Me Hold Me at 100%design in London. Rugs and covers made out of excess form the t-shirt industry in India, working with a small family in South of India and Alpha Corporation in the North.
With Re Orient we also explored the possibility to produce in locally out of Stockholmer’s wasted t-shirts in collaboration with Remakebolaget in Stockholm Sweden.

2015 unfolds a new chapter for us in Re Rag Rug Re-Produced.
Starting with a commission for the Stockholm landmark café ’Vetekatten’ we are designing and making custom made wall decorations for the coffee shop. Inauguration in June 2015.

We are also working on commission pieces of Off-Pist and Aquarelle.

Welcome to follow our journey! Also visit our homepage
/Katarina & Katarina

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