Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by ‘We Make Carpets’

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Exhibition view of “Kneeling: Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS”

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Exhibition view of “Kneeling: Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS”

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Exhibition view of “Kneeling: Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS”

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Skewer Carpet

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Skewer Carpet, detail

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Crayon Carpet (2013) was built from 16,000 colored crayons

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Fork Carpet (2010)

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detail of Fork Carpet (2010)

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Firework Carpet (2014)

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Pasta Carpet

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Exhibition view of “Kneeling: Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS”

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Disposable Carpet

It’s not hard to imagine what Dutch design trio We Make Carpets, makes. True to their name, Marcia Nolte, Stijn van der Vleuten and Bob Waardenburg create carpets, but not they kind you’re thinking of. Mixing traditional pattern making with a critical view of consumer society, the group creates unusual carpets using everything from crayons and fireworks to cocktail umbrellas, plastic forks and dried pasta. From a distance we simply see a decorative carpet. But upon closer inspection the meticulously assorted collection of dense materials reveal themselves.

We Make Carpets is currently celebrating 5 years and 50 different carpets with an exhibition at mu in Eindhoven. “Kneeling: Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS” is going on through October 26, 2014. You can see much more of these big and small temporary carpets on the artist’s website.

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