I’m looking for a carpet to add warmth to my bedroom, and have to admit that if someone gave me one that I couldn’t walk on I’d be disappointed. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate these unusual contemporary carpets. Marcia Nolte, Stijn van der Vleuten and Bob Waardenburg created WE MAKE CARPETS, a contemporary interpretation of a centuries-old medium. Taking everyday objects – like plastic forks, pasta, and matches – that lose their value after a single use, WE MAKE CARPETS creates woven patterns that form a decorative carpet. By using these mass consumer goods to build ancient carpet patterns, the artists cast a critical eye on today’s consumer society.
From the WE MAKE CARPETS website, “WE MAKE CARPETS are inspired by the colour, shape and possibilities of the material chosen. The result is not just a decorative carpet, but an object that makes us think about the consumer society that produces these ‘weaving materials.’ A contemporary interpretation of wealth.”