Artist Makes Nature-Inspired Rugs From Carpet Scraps

Michele Debczak

Alexandra Kehayoglou’s distinctive rugs look like they belong in a woodland fairytale. As inhabitat reports, the Argentine artist recycles leftover carpet scraps to make rugs that resemble vibrant, natural landscapes.

The textile trade runs in Kehayoglou’s blood: Her Greek grandparents used to weave Ottoman-style carpets in Turkey, and her family currently runs a carpet factory in Buenos Aires. Inspired by tradition, she began using the factory’s discarded wool and thread scraps to create something that was completely her own.

Kehayoglou tufts most rugs by hand to make pieces modeled after the forests, grasslands, deserts, and Patagonian glaciers of her native Argentina. Each work of art can take several months to complete, with some spanning areas larger than 1500 square feet. For an idea of the work that goes into making a carpet that size, you can watch the video above.

Select pieces are currently for sale on Kehayoglou’s Artsy page, with prices ranging from $15,000 to $30,000. If you’re looking for a similar item that’s more affordable, you can always try growing your own moss rug at home.

[h/t inhabitat]

Primary/banner images courtesy of Alexandra Kehayoglou via Instagram