A variety of remnants are given a new life as recycled rugs of various types.
Recycled rugs answer the question of what happens to the scraps of fabric leftover from garment making. My first introduction to upcycling fabric waste came when I started selling rug pads made in part from clothing remnants. Each time I receive an order, the rug pads looked a bit different depending on which fabric scraps were used. It’s quite fascinating to see first hand the efforts manufacturers are making to transform industry waste into recycled rugs and pads.
Dreamweavers is one company utilizing upcycled products in rug making. Their Executive Rugs Line [above] is constructed of material leftover after making men’s neckties. Bits of silk and polyester fabric are cut and sewn by hand, filled with a poly filling then pieced together. The rug is promoted as stain-resistant, colorfast and 100% machine washable.
Spaghetti Rug is 100% biodegradable, eco-friendly and made in Northern Thailand from the selvage edge of upcycled cotton t-shirt remnants.
Machine washable, the hand-hooked rug is shown in a chic pale green called asparagus and in French ivory (above).
Shoelaces? Yes, shoelace fabric in a variety of sizes shapes and styles make up the Shoelace Rug in ivory and camel. They’re even machine washable.The Cotton
What’s a person to do with vintage leather belts? Would you believe join them together and create the Vintage Belt Floor Mat? Each one differs slightly from the next depending on the color and characteristics of the belts used. Handmade at TING studios in the UK and available for purchase from Branch Home.
(Sources: Dreamweavers, Branch Home)
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