Rug of faux leaves

Dutch designer Tord Boontje designed this beautiful rug that looks like a floor of leaves and flowers but is really 100 percent wool felt. Hand-dyed, hand-loomed, and measuring W 118" D 78.5" H 2.5", the "Little Field of Flowers" rug is not cheap at $6,000. From Design Within Reach:
 Images Zoom Zm 11815 1-1 Tord Boontje is an industrial designer who was commissioned by Nani Marquina to create his Little Field of Flowers Rug (2006). Similar to Marquina's Roses Rug, this design uses die-cutting to create the shapes of flowers and leaves. There are six distinct shapes of flower combinations, in three different tonalities, which creates an intriguing composition that's all about movement, texture and color. A witty approach to a floor covering, Boontje brings the experience of walking through a meadow into an interior space. The rug is hand-loomed using a manually actuated loom, and features both looped and cut pile.
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  1. wow, i wish i had the time and determination to make one of these rugs for myself seeing as how i don’t have $6000.

    i love the design posts on here. boingboing, you make my internet world so much more pleasant.

  2. Shouldn’t that be Design Within Reach of the Rich?

    I’m puzzled how a company that sells a $6000 wool rug can claim “authenticity is something we’re proud to do; elitism however is not.” I guess that means that anyone with six grand can buy one.

  3. I love the possibilities of working with cut felt. It can be super cheap if you use thrift store sweaters and the like. And something about cutting and arranging felt makes me think of elementary school.

    I think this rug (and the rose rug the post refers to) are both beautiful but I wonder about function. How the heck do you vacuum one of these? First pass of the Dyson and it’s torn to shreds.

  4. Actually, $6000 isn’t elite, it takes into account a lot of hand labor by someone who is a professional at it. $60,000 would be a price tacked on because of “who designed it”.

    Not that I have the money for either. ;)

  5. Well, it’s quite a delightful litte piece. I am working on a die cut leather rug fourteen and a half woven feet wide, and ten and a half woven feet long. Should be a 14X10 when it comes off the loom. Shag pile. Someone here was correct…NO DYSON..these rugs are considered to be heirloom pieces, they are functional, but also decorative in nature, but also a reflection of the owners artistic bent. The hand knotting and weaving of the individual pieces is a work of art. It’s time consuming, and the attention to detail has to be unwavering.
    $6000? Whatever. Fair labor charge I’d say…..or make it yourself, you’ll see.

  6. The “within reach” part of DWR is not about within a certain price range. It is about being able to purchase designer items, which at one time was impossible for anyone outside the profession.

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